Internship Opportunity at ESO in Germany Science Journalism

Date limite : 31 déc. 2019

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Internship Opportunity at ESO in Germany Science Journalism

The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is offering an internship in Science Journalism within its Department of Communication at its Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany . In ESO's Department of Communication you will work with a team of professional science communicators for the preparation of ESO and ESA/Hubble news and photo releases, publications, web pages, video scripts, exhibition panels and other public  communication products.

Internship opportunities are offered throughout the year. The duration of the internship is initially for 3 months up to a maximum of 6 months.


  • A monthly allowance to cover the intern's living expenses.
  • Accommodation. 
  • The cost of a return trip from/to the intern's country will be covered. 

What will you learn

Through your involvement in various projects and with the support of ESO, interns 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.


ESO is looking for people who want to gain experience in science communication of front-line astronomy projects and who meets the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must have some previous experience in written science communication in English and in particular communicating astronomy or other physical sciences to the public.
  2. Applicants should also have a knowledge of astronomy that allows you to understand  scientific papers.
  3. Applicants must be fluent in English both written and oral and have strong MS Office applications skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  4. Candidates currently studying or having recently completed a University degree in science, science communication or science journalism, are preferred.


  1. Provide clear, concise and timely written and oral communications.
  2. Work under time pressure and deliver to agreed deadlines and standards.
  3. Work both on your own initiative and as part of a team.
  4. Build good collaborative working relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines.

Required documents 

  • Motivation letter.
  • CV.
  • Samples of your work

Applications must be completed in English.

About organization

The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA and APEX), and the ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany. 

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