Internships: Science Journalism

ESO

Internship 6 months Garhing, Germany

Uploaded 18 Mar 2021

Job Description

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.

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 [email protected]

Person Specification

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.

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.