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Research Writer Internship

San Francisco Bay Area - Work from Home

Job Type

Summer Internship

About the Role

Science of Compassion and Altruism Research Writer

Building a World of Thriving, Whole-Hearted Youths

Can you write engaging stories that inspires change? Do you believe in promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research and scientific collaborations? Do you thrive in a startup environment where everything you do can make an immediate impact? If so, we’d love to talk to you.

Soul Seated Journey is revolutionizing the youth wellness experience— the way it is understood, taught, and delivered. Our mission is to nurture kindness to empower young people in our under-resourced communities to self-advocate, empathize with others, recognize injustice and become proactive in changing it by orchestrating youth educators, community organizers, and wellness providers to collectively deliver integrated, heart-led wellbeing education and support services that address the needs of the whole human. We envision our communities filled with wholehearted, thriving youth who change their world with their compassion, courage, and connection. Our non-profit has launched in the San Francisco Bay Area, with plans for expansion worldwide.

About the Role

In the role of research writer, you will write engaging feature stories, news releases, and magazine pieces about the research, clinical activities and education on the science of altruism and compassion, as well as initiatives and community activities that involve Soul Seated.

This includes taking a journalistic approach to covering basic and translational research, scientific presentations and other news, including Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altriuism Research and Education (CCARE), that promote using methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism as a way to address individual and societal wellbeing.

You will cover research drawing from several disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, economics and contemplative traditions, research and programs supported and organized by CCARE to help our organization’s goal in driving a cultural transformation where the practice of compassion is understood to be as important for health as physical exercise and healthful diet.

You will help tell the story of a global environment for young people to freely access transformational wisdom, personalized care, and loving support. You’ll put a lens on the needs of the whole human so they can live their highest potential and create meaningful impact in their lives, communities, and the world. With today’s mental health crisis, your writing will help drive programs focused on all of wellness, starting with root of our being: spiritual health.

What we offer

Impactful programs that will impact your life and the lives of youth in the Bay Area

On-the-job experience

Networking with impactful leaders in the community

Experience working with a leadership team that has deep corporate experience

Opportunity to build your resume and produce content that create societal change and drive fundraising and community impact

Additional Information

• Schedule: Summer Full-Time (40 hours/9 weeks)

• Employee Status: Internship

Please help us make a difference.


  • Excellent proven journalism skills, a mastery of extracting information from presentations, papers and research reports and demonstrates an ability to ascertain what is newsworthy and interesting

  • Proven experience in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms

  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner

  • Ability to understand materials of moderate complexity and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences

  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose

  • Good understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including community leaders and external organizations

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Ability to excel within the dynamic demands of a startup

  • Experience and passion working with non-profit organizations

  • An interest in mental health and making an impact in the community


  • Writing engaging news releases, feature stories and magazine pieces about research, clinical activities and education at Stanford Center of Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), as well as about Soul Seated programs and activities.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional team such as Marketing and Communication and Fund Development to determine best approach to produce thought-provoking, evidence-based, and inspirational pieces.

  • Work closely with the entire team on topic planning and content development, including messaging components, to reinforce organization’s mission and objectives.

  • Develops and maintains contacts with key sources in order to identify story themes, newsworthy events; providing leadership team with counsel on newsletters and any outbound engagements.

  • Serve as an expert resource to team members on matters pertaining to research and education within Education and Communications and will be responsible for undertaking background reading and staying current with medical-science journals and acacdemic literature.

About the Company

We are a new kind of ‘startup’ non-profit organization made up of people passionate about addressing the epidemic of unwellness and using technology for good. We understand that positive wellbeing not taught in school and support services not readily available or equitable; many young people— especially those growing up in poverty or other adverse circumstances— are grappling with depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality that will have lasting impacts on them, their families, their communities, and all of our futures.

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