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Internships: Science Journalism

Garching (Munich) (Germany)

  • Organization: ESO - European Southern Observatory
  • Location: Garching (Munich) (Germany)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-31

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ESO's Department of Communication is responsible for all aspects of internal and external communication for the Organisation. It covers the whole spectrum of communications, including media relations, content production, public and local outreach, digital communication and internal communication, and engages with a broad range of audiences ranging from scientists and the astronomy community, decision-takers and industry partners, to journalists and members of the public. It also coordinates closely with the ESO Supernova - Planetarium & Visitor Centre for astronomy education activities. The Department is based partly at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, and partly in Santiago, Chile.

In ESO's Department of Communication you will work with a team of professional science communicators for the preparation of ESO news and press releases, publications, web pages, video scripts, exhibition panels and other public communication products .

Through your involvement in various projects and with our support, you will have the opportunity to understand and learn:

  • About the mission of ESO and the role and responsibilities of the Department of Communication for its implementation;
  • How a large international scientific organisation works in practice and in particular what are the workflows, processes and procedures within the Department of Communication;
  • How to write about complex scientific issues in an engaging and understandable manner;
  • What is required to coordinate big events and projects;
  • How written text and audiovisuals can be combined to make science attractive and approachable to the public.

Requirements:

We are looking for people who want to gain experience in science communication of frontline astronomy projects.

You should have some previous experience in written science communication/journalism in English and in particular communicating astronomy or other physical sciences to the public. You should also have a knowledge of astronomy that allows you to understand scientific papers. You must be fluent in English both written and oral and have strong MS Office applications skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Candidates currently studying or having recently completed a University degree in science, science communication or science journalism, are preferred.

Competences:

You should be able to:

  • Understand and translate scientific research into simple concepts and write about it to general audiences in an engaging and accurate manner;
  • Provide clear, concise and timely written and oral communications;
  • Work under time pressure and deliver to agreed deadlines and standards;
  • Work both on your own initiative and as part of a team;
  • Build good collaborative working relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines.

Internship details:

Internship opportunities are offered throughout the year. The duration of the internship is 6 months. We offer a monthly allowance to cover your living expenses and we provide accommodation. We also cover the cost of a return trip from/to your home station. For any further questions please contact vacancy@eso.org.

Application:

If you are interested in our internship opportunities, you are invited to apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter (1 page) and your CV (2 pages). Please also upload two written samples (each no more than 5 pages long) that demonstrate ability to communicate science to a wider audience (e.g. blog posts, magazine or newspaper articles, press releases, etc). Please note that only complete applications, with all required materials in English, will be accepted.

As this is a rolling position, there is no application deadline. Therefore please state within your application your approximate preferred start date, if you have one. Applications are reviewed every 4-6 months throughout the year.

No nationality is in principle excluded. However, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and, for Chile, to students enrolled in a South American university irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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