i’m quite into working alone, but there are some stories, here and there, where i could really use some help. these are mostly loose ends, or loose leads, “is there anything in this?”, “what came of this?”, or sometimes “oh god, how does this tangled regulation really work”.
lots of people have emailed me over the years asking if they can come and be unpaid interns, and i’m afraid i’ve lost your emails.
but if you’d like to help out, chasing down these stories, my experience is that they’re not the kind of thing you can just “ask twitter” or “ask a forum” to sort, because they often don’t have an interesting blog post per se at the end of them, but they could often be part of the foundation of an important piece of work. as you might guess, i also do a lot of blind alleys.
anyway, i dont think it’s exploitative of me to ask (haha i totally count on you to tell me if it is) but if anyone would like to help out, in exchange for a thanks in a book or blog etc if i use the outcome, the warm feeling of doing something good in the universe, a very very marginal cv boast (unless it kicks off and we become like butch cassidy and the sundance kid or something) then email a cv (or brief description of who you are and why you’re interested if you’re too untogether to have a current cv) to firstname.lastname@example.org, but make sure you put 99intern in the subject line, or it will go in the wrong hole, and never get looked at.
i guess i should say, lastly, i write in the gaps, i dont have an office, and since i basically only exist on the internet, this wouldnt be like a “running around hanging out and seeing how i work and meeting important people” intern thing. that said, i think it’s fairly obvious how i work from reading what i do. and i don’t know any important people. although i have hung out with iain chalmers once or twice.
ok, well, who knows, maybe i’ll hear from someone. cheers!
dr ben goldacre
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This looks very good fun, it might be about things other than science communication though. I hope the intern will also write up and share any of the techniques they use to uncover information. See also @paulbradshaw’s Help Me Investigate blog.
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