2023 ESO Science Journalism Internship Award


Application closes: December 31, 2022

Good news! Applications for ESO Science Journalism Internship are currently open. Interested applicants are welcome to apply.

ESO Science Journalism Internship 2023 is a fully funded internship for international students. The duration of the internship is three months up to a maximum of six months. The Internship will provide a monthly allowance to cover your living expenses, accommodation, and the cost of a return trip from/to your home station.

About 2023 ESO Science Journalism

The ESO Education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) is in charge of the organization’s outreach efforts. A variety of programs and activities, such as press releases and broadcast content for the media, are employed to fulfill the specialized requirements of television, print, and internet media. ePOD uses a multimedia approach to public communication and creates high-quality printed materials like as brochures, booklets, annual reports, newsletters, posters, and so on.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO), originally known as the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, is a 16-nation international ground-based astronomy research organization. ESO, founded in 1962, has offered astronomers with cutting-edge research facilities and access to the southern sky.

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.

Application Perks

ESO Science Journalism Internship will provide:

  • A monthly allowance to cover your living expenses.
  • Accommodation.
  • The cost of a return trip from/to your home station.

Application Criteria:

Applicants must fulfill the following criteria for ESO Science Journalism Internship:

  • Preferred Languages: English. You must be fluent in English both written and oral.
  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from across the globe
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.