Editorial Intern

The Penn Memory Center (PMC) and the Penn Healthy Brain Research Network (HBRN) Center at the University of Pennsylvania are seeking an editorial intern to work on all aspects of these centers’ communications activities.

PMC is regionally recognized center for those 65 and older seeking evaluation, information and research opportunities related to memory loss and internationally recognized for its research and communications activities, with a particular focus on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. The HBRN, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a collaborative organization that seeks to promote cognitive health and support Americans living with cognitive impairment. The centers have done ground breaking work on engagement of minority communities, financial security with aging, and the ethical and policy implications of precision medicine for the brain.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with doctors, scientists and writers to learn the practice and craft of science journalism using a variety of media. Working with the communications coordinator, the editorial intern will produce and/or edit articles, photos, and videos for the following products:

  • The Penn Memory Center website (pennadc.org): focusing on national and international news and events as well as clinical research taking place at Penn
  • Making Sense of Alzheimer’s (makingsenseofalzhimers.org): a creative forum, a gallery of ideas, to help people better understand what it means to live with Alzheimer’s disease
  • InSight: a print newsmagazine featuring research participants, news and events from PMC, and upcoming research opportunities
  • E-Bulletin: a semi-weekly newsletter sent to patients, caregivers and friends of the Penn Memory Center
  • Social Media: PMC and Making Sense each has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

This is a paid, part-time opportunity that would be ideal for a current student or recent graduate.


  • Familiarity with science, Alzheimer’s disease, or medicine is not necessary, but a desire to learn about them is essential.
  • Applicants must possess strong writing skills.
  • Applicants should have or be pursuing a degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or English, or otherwise make the case that this positon will serve their career.
  • Applicants must have strong organizational skills and be able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, InDesign, Photoshop, or Final Cut is a plus.

Interested applicants should send a resume and three samples of work to Communications Coordinator Terrence Casey at terrence.casey@uphs.upenn.edu.


The Penn Memory Center is constantly seeking professionals who can demonstrate creativity, innovation, passion, teamwork, self-motivation, and commitment to advance our mission of treating Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Check back for any new Penn Memory Center openings.