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London, England (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Research
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: The Lancet is a leading general medical journal, published weekly, and shares office space with around ten Lancet specialty titles published monthly. The journal’s editorial mission is to publish the most important medical and health information to benefit people around the world. The staff number about 100, including people with diverse backgrounds in medicine, science and journalism. Among other tasks, editors write and commission opinion pieces on important topics in medicine and global health, select and organize peer review of scholarly papers submitted for publication, and commission educational articles for consideration and peer review. Staff are mostly based in London, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, although we work closely with colleagues based in New York, USA and Beijing, China and travel frequently to conferences.

Intern Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Senior Editor, and the IIP candidate will become part of the editorial team. For the first two weeks of the internship, the student will meet colleagues, sit in on editorial meetings, and learn about medical publishing. During that time, specific projects of interest will also be identified. Previous projects have included critical appraisal of research papers submitted for publication, writing short commentaries, and research on bibliometric aspects of medical publishing.

Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in pre-med, writing, scientific literature, life sciences, research, and evidence-based medicine and good communication skills are encouraged to apply. A track record in writing would be an asset.

Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past IIP intern): Intern #1- Along with all of the senior editors, I too was responsible for reading and providing comments for all pre-review and peer-review manuscripts for the three selection meetings we have each week, at which I sometimes present papers to the group. That's my most consistent responsibility, since much of the journal work revolves around the selection of manuscripts. But I was often asked to identify appropriate peer reviewers for papers, in addition to editing comments and case reports. Each week, I pitched news stories for their oncology and respiratory medicine specialty journals, and I've already had 3 news stories published with a byline. The weekly journal also published short news blurbs each week, and I was typically expected to write 1-3 of these blurbs, in addition to pitching other news items or editorial topics at our weekly editorial meeting. I also submitted 2 comments and a profile, which were be published with a byline. I also worked on a medical book review and a third comment at the moment. I also worked with one of the senior editors on bringing The Student Lancet website back to life.

View a PowerPoint presentation by a past intern

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.