Internship for an In-House Writer at the IJMS

Thank you for your interest in interning with the International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS). We are a scientific peer-reviewed journal created to shared research and experiences of medical students and recently graduated physicians worldwide. With almost 10 years of existence, the Journal has positioned itself as the leading venue for medical students’ scientific publications. It is an excellent place to growth academically and professionally through volunteering in different roles and leadership positions that the Journal offers in an international and collaborative environment. Our former volunteers are spread all over the world in research, academic, and leadership positions.

We accept applications all year long and the internship can be of a semester or a year (preferably)


In-House Writer Internship

10 hours per week, unpaid

Applications for Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022 semesters deadline: November 30, 2021

The IJMS is a peer-reviewed open-access journal (ISSN 2076-6327) created to share the scientific production and experiences of medical students and recently graduated physicians worldwide, published by the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. Our objective is to be the primary diffusion platform for medical students, using standards that follow the process of scientific publication. We publish issues four times a year (Mar, Jun, Sep, and Dec) that include an average of 15 articles per issue.



  • Interact with non-native English speakers that have submitted their articles for publication in IJMS,
  • Review/proofread accepted articles before their publication to standardize the writing,
  • Review/proofread articles that have the potential for publication,
  • Elaborate guidelines and written material, and help with the details of the shaping of a scientific medical journal,
  • Participate in editorial and production planning meetings,
  • Conduct research on alumni and faculty we intend to feature.


Essentially, you will learn every facet of putting together a scientific journal, from brainstorming story ideas to updating databases and proofreading. One of the great rewards of being an intern at the IJMS is that your name is included in the credits of every article you work on. In addition, as part of a global team, your name will be posted on our website Editorial Team site ( as well as in our full credits published page (Page 3:


QUALIFICATIONS: This internship is being offered only to Pitt students. Preference is given to candidates from the Pitt English Department and to those students who plan to receive course credits for the internship. Experience in journalism or creative writing is a big plus, as an interest in science.


HOURS: 10 regular daytime hours per week are required. All our work is virtual and therefore remote.


TO APPLY: Please send a motivation letter (max. 800 words; include your preferred term(s)), CV, and two nonfiction writing samples (500 words each) to Dr. Francisco J. Bonilla-Escobar, Editor-in-Chief, at[AT] by November 30th, 2021 with the subject “Writer Internship”. Interns for Spring, Summer, and Fall will be selected by December 15th 2021. You should be familiar with the Journal before applying; please visit our website and familiarize yourself with the work that we publish as you craft your materials.


INTERVIEWS/SELECTION CRITERIA: Interviews will take place remotely the week before the term classes begin, and interns are expected to begin work during the first week of the term.