Work with C&EN

Work with C&EN as an editorial fellow in 2020

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism about the world of chemistry, including coverage of recent advances in research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of ACS membership. C&EN’s weekly print magazine reaches more than 150,000 members of ACS, and its website receives more than 7 million page views per year.

C&EN seeks a science-writing editorial fellow for 2020. During a paid, 6-month stint (starting around June), the editorial fellow is expected to work for C&EN full time (40 hours/week). The editorial fellow will be based in our Washington, D.C., headquarters. Starting and ending dates are flexible.


C&EN covers current events in the world of chemistry, including cutting-edge molecular science, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. The editorial fellow will work alongside seasoned reporters, developing bylined news and feature stories for C&EN’s online site and weekly print magazine. The editorial fellow will also have the opportunity to write cover stories (past fellows have reported on topics such as missions to return asteroid samples from outer space), produce an episode of our podcast (such as this story about the ozone hole by our most recent fellow), and produce videos and interactive graphics. This is a paid fellowship.

How to apply

Candidates should be highly motivated students or recent graduates with demonstrated interest in science writing and at least a bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related field. Editorial fellows should be prepared to report and write on daily and weekly deadlines.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and at least 2-3 science-writing samples to Katherine Bourzac, senior correspondent, at Strong applications will include samples written in a journalistic style and will demonstrate a flair for reporting complex science stories in an accessible manner. We encourage applicants to include additional multimedia samples if available.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 21, 2020. C&EN plans to make a decision by March 6, 2020.

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