New Scientist (NS) 2022 Diversity Internship Programme – Worldwide

Deadline: July 8th, 2022.

New Scientist (NS) 2022 Diversity Internship Programme – Worldwide

NS – Applications are now open for the New Scientist (NS) 2022 Diversity Internship Programme. The most read weekly science and technology publication worldwide is New Scientist. The publication’s teams in London and other locations worldwide cover international news from a scientific perspective and ponder the grandest issues pertaining to life, the cosmos, and what it means to be human. It was founded in 1956 for “all those interested in scientific discovery and its social consequences.”

Everyone, regardless of background, is interested in these fundamental questions. However, there is a lack of diversity in both science and journalism, which results in the exclusion or loss of many talented people and important perspectives.

To address this, New Scientist is offering a learning and development opportunity open to anyone from an ethnic minority background.

Successful applicants will begin a 6-month internship in October 2022. The internship will pay the 2022 London Living Wage and be based in High Street Kensington office, London.


This year, New Scientist will recruit two news interns and one video intern!

  • News interns will receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced journalist and on-the-job training in news and features writing, plus subediting and audience engagement, with your work published both online and in print. You’ll leave the internship with a portfolio of published work, ready to start a career in science journalism – as many interns have done.
  • Video intern will be based in the video team. You’ll learn how to produce scientific videos from idea to publication. You’ll source footage from researchers, script and edit short form news videos and publish them across our online and social media platforms. Alongside this you’ll have the opportunity to come with us on shoots and be trained in camerawork. You’ll also receive foundational training in news writing and subediting, and will leave the internship with a showreel that demonstrates your skills.

Interns will also have the opportunity to take part in New Scientist podcasts and events.


  • The only entry requirements are that you will have completed a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or computing degree by the start of the internship, and that you have a demonstrable interest in writing, video editing or journalism.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK by the start of the internship.

Application Procedure

  • New Scientist ask applicants to submit 200 words explaining how you meet these requirements, which internship position you are applying for (news or video), and why you are the right person for this internship.
  • In addition, please write an article on a recent scientific discovery, between 500 and 800 words (for news intern applications) or create a 2-3 minute video on a scientific topic that interests you (for video intern applications).
  • Articles should be a plain word document with no special formatting. Please include your name in the file name, but nowhere in the text of the document.
  • Videos should be uploaded as unlisted to YouTube and a link pasted at the end of your 200 word statement (not included in the word count).