Office of Educational Outreach

James Perry Kelly Memorial Summer Science Writing Internship

 Internship Information

The James Perry Kelly Science Writing Internship is a hands-on opportunity for a high school student from the greater Galveston County Houston Metroplex to experience professional science writing first-hand. The eight-week internship provides the student with opportunities to speak to scientists on campus, learn about authentic research projects and produce information that actually will be used to promote the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in the surrounding communities.

Preference will be given to rising seniors (11th-grade students about to enter their final year of high school); however, applications from rising juniors will also be considered.

The science writing intern will work directly with the award-winning Media Relations team in UTMBís Marketing and Communications Department. The teamís primary responsibility is to interact with members of the news media to provide information that helps promote UTMB.

Under the guidance of the director of Media Relations and his staff, the intern will be responsible for reporting and writing about UTMBís scientific community. The finished products will include news feature articles, pitches to members of the news media, news releases and personality profiles.

The science writing internship runs June 9 through July 31. The student will work 20 hours a week and will be paid $10 an hour. The program includes a weekly brown-bag lunch with students participating in the High School Summer Research Program in the UTMB Office of Educational Outreach. The brown-bag lunches feature UTMB scientists from different areas of the institution speaking to the students about biomedical research careers and their ongoing research.

The James Perry Kelly Memorial Summer Science Writing Internship offers students who are interested in both science and writing a rare opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of a science writer in a high-level academic research institution. One applicant per summer will be selected.

Eligibility

The program is open to all high school students who will be at least 16 years old by June 9, 2014, and who have a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Students who have an interest in and aptitude for both science and journalism will be given primary consideration. These will be judged in terms of:
  • Course grades and standardized test scores.
  • Demonstrated motivation (extracurricular activities like newspaper).
  • Recommendations from a science teacher, an English teacher and a counselor.
  • Student's essay about his/her hopes for the experience.

Internship Dates

June 9 through July 31, 2014 (July 4, off)

How to Apply

You must complete and submit the online application, as well as mail/fax the supporting documentation by the indicated deadlines. The supporting documentation includes the Participation Agreement, Parental Consent Form, Information Release Statement, and Recommendation Forms. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
 

Deadlines

You must complete and submit the online application, as well as the supporting documentation, by 12:00:00 PM Monday, April 28, 2014. You are encouraged to submit your application in advance of the deadline to avoid missing the application window. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline, acceptance and rejection letters will be emailed/mailed to the applicantís reported address, upon committee review of the completed application and supporting documentation.

Form Notes
2014 Online Applicationclosed
General Information & Application Instructions info only
Participation Agreement required
Parental Consent Form required
Information Release Statement required
Science & Math Teacher Recommendation Form required
Counselor Recommendation Form required
Promotional Flier info only

 
Only the Teacher Recommendation form may be faxed at (409) 772-9116. No other faxes will be accepted!

All other documentation should be mailed to:

Raul Reyes, Director of Media Relations
Director of Media Relations,
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0144


 

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In Memory of Jim Kelly,
UTMB Senior Science Writer

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Jim Kelly was a storyteller. Whether he was explaining the importance of a scientific study or his latest effort to determine the acidity of the dirt in his backyard, Jim always kept it interesting. Jim was a science writer.
At UTMB, Jim was invaluable with his broad knowledge of science, research and his ability to take a complex topic and write about it in a way that anyone could understand. His passion for sharing information and telling stories was contagious. He died unexpectedly on Aug. 27, 2013. To honor his memory, his colleagues have created a special summer program for a high school student to get real, hands-on experience writing about science and research, as Jim did. Read more about Jim Kelly or donate to the endowment supporting the science writing internship that honors him.