Spectra Internship Program is a one-of-its-kind program that trains participants, majorly undergraduate students and college students, in the art of science writing and science editing through hands-on experience. The program is conducted virtually and runs for a duration of 6 weeks. The training is highly rigorous and incorporates extensive reading, regular assignments with personalized feedback and peer review. Students and instructors immerse themselves in the various elements of popular science writing and responsible journalism. The instructors bring a lot of the first-hand experience to the table. Star graduates of the program may be offered various roles on the Spectra editorial board.
The program has been held since the past 2 consecutive years, attracting a remarkable number of applications not only from Pakistan but from around the world as well. The program is highly selective but offered free of charge. Successful graduates of the first iteration of the program have formed the backbone of the Spectra editorial board while some ambitious ones have even made their mark in international student-run science magazines/journals.
Spectra offers two tracks in the internship as detailed below.
- Writing track: The participants will be exposed to the art of popular science writing with an emphasis on key skills like finding the right story, effective storytelling, interview skills, minimizing jargon without compromising on scientific accuracy, appropriate use of figures of speech, etc.
- Editing track: This track is aimed at teaching scientific peer review and copy-editing for popular science writings. The participants also get hands-on experience in helping writers elucidate science and expression in their writings.
WHO CAN APPLY
Anybody who is passionate about science communication should apply, however, the program is majorly intended and highly recommended for science undergraduates and college students. However, students of humanities with an inclination towards journalism and graduates of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) will also be considered keeping in view their availability, commitment, and experience.
See what previous graduates have to say about the program.
Muhammad Hamza Waseem
- Muhammad Hamza Waseem has studied electrical engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. He has worked with major international science journals and magazines targeting high school and undergraduate students. He co-founded Spectra and served as the Director Training Program. He has organized three major training sessions on science writing and editing for Spectra. Hamza has also played an essential role in organizing Lahore Science Melas initiated by Khwarizmi Science Society. He is interested in optics, magnetism, and history and philosophy of science.
Sidra Tul Muntaha
- Sidra is a Metallurgical and Materials Engineer from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. She is the Director Training Program in Spectra. She underwent this internship program in her bachelors and is now leading the program which shows her immense progress and hard work. She is also a part of Scientist Advisory Board at NHSJS. Her interests include material design and computational technology.