Retraction Watch is hiring an intern: Here’s how to apply

anniversaryRetraction Watch readers: We need help.

As many of our loyal tipsters know, the list of retractions and related stories that we can’t get to just keeps getting longer. And as we grow, we want to groom a stable of paid freelance — and perhaps one day full-time — Retraction Watch contributors.

So with that in mind — and knowing that it can be difficult for early-career journalists to gain experience in accountability journalism — we’ve decided the an internship is the first investment we’ll make with funds our generous supporters have sent us.


  • Writing at least one post per day
  • Helping with categorization and other back-end tasks


  • A three-month commitment (may be extended)
  • Availability at least three days per week
  • Ability to think critically and skeptically about science and the scientific process

The more of these things you have, the more competitive a candidate you’ll be:

  • Experience, including school, in science
  • Experience in journalism including in school and at college news outlets
  • Familiarity with how scientific publishing works
  • Experience with WordPress
  • A social media presence

What’s in it for you:

We can’t yet offer an office, so our intern can be based anywhere. Proximity to New York, where we’re based, would be helpful, but not necessary.

Interested? Send a cover letter, resume, any clips, and what months you’re availabile to ivan-oransky [at], with “RW internship” as a subject line. We’d love to have someone in place by the summer, so the sooner, the better.

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