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 UTMB’s Marketing and Communications Department. The team’s 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 UTMB’s 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.


The program is open to all high school students who will be at least 16 years old by June 5, 2016, 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 - July, 2016

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.


The next available scholarships will be in June- July, 2016. Please check this website for applications in February, 2016 to apply.

Form Notes
2014 Online Applicationclosed
General Information & Application Instructions (PDF) Info only
Participation Agreement (PDF) Required
Parental Consent Form (PDF) Required
Information Release Statement (PDF) Required
Science & Math Teacher Recommendation Form (PDF) Required
Counselor Recommendation Form (PDF) Required
Promotional Flier (PDF) 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