The Science Media Centre has an active and popular volunteering programme for those looking to gain experience in science-media relations. The programme gives a flavour of working on the front line between science and the news media.
Volunteers usually join the team for 4-5 weeks and tend to be graduates, final-year students or those looking for a career change. We also encourage press officers from other science based organisations to come on secondment and shadow one of the team.
The volunteers get involved in all aspects of the SMC’s work, from assistance with press briefings to providing support to the chief executive and helping out at events run by the SMC.
The SMC is committed to providing a volunteer programme that is accessible to all irrespective of their financial circumstances; it is able to offer reasonable travel and lunch expenses, and may be able to provide further assistance on a case by case basis.
What previous volunteers have said…
“I think the small team dynamic enables the volunteers to feel immersed very fast which is great, and the variety of work means it’s never dull.”
“It was a fantastic experience- it was really great being able to meet all the journalists, and keep in touch with what’s going on in the media and just the general atmosphere of the place was lovely.”
“I found the environment at the SMC very busy, passionate and intellectually challenging. Despite everyone being busy, I felt that everyone had time for me which I think is really important when you are interning. Also, I felt my input and work at the SMC was welcomed and I really felt part of the team.“
For a lengthier testimonial, see this blogpost from a former volunteer about ‘The SMC Experience’.
If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and are interested in applying for a volunteering placement, please get in touch to find out more:
t: 020 7611 8300