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Deadline: 10 December 2023

Science Communication Internship

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR the first of two 2024 Science Communication INTERNships.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is currently accepting applications for the first of two science communication internships. This internship runs for three months from February to April 2024. The internship covers the cost of travel to and from IIASA (near Vienna, Austria) and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the internship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the internship.  

Science communication interns will gain experience in communicating complex systems science for a general audience through a variety of platforms including blogs, the IIASA website, social media, video, and articles for our magazine, Options. The successful candidate will work in the IIASA Communications and External Relations (CER) department, assisting with a variety of tasks including web publishing, media relations, event coverage, multimedia, social media, and other communication activities.


  • A Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a Member Organization


  • First-hand experience in writing about science for non-specialist audiences via blogs, newspapers, university web sites, or other outlets.
  • Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.
  • Experience with or interest in social media, video, photography, or other multimedia.

Appointment terms:

This internship runs from 1 February to 30 April 2024, and the selected candidate will be expected to be at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg,  Austria for the full period. 

IIASA does not provide housing or additional funding for housing. Science communication interns do not qualify for relocation or other allowances. The cost of travel from the home country to and from the institute will be covered by IIASA.

General information on life at IIASA is available here. A page with frequently asked questions about housing can be accessed here, but please note that this page has been designed for attendees of the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program and not all of it will apply to the science communication interns. 



A monthly salary based on an annual gross salary of EUR 17,604.00, which is exempt from income tax in Austria.

The advertised salary is:

  • Non-negotiable
  • Subject to deductions for health insurance and/or social security. 

About IIASA:

IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce. This is reflected in our  IIASA core values. We encourage qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds to apply. 


For further information about this opportunity please see

or contact 

Ansa Heyl, Communications Manager