We are currently accepting applications for the autumn 2024 Science Diplomacy Internship. Click on the link below to apply.

The IIASA Communication and External Relations internships are highly competitive positions that immerse early-career science communicators and those who are starting a professional path in the area of external relations and science diplomacy in the dynamic work of the IIASA Communications and External Relations team. There are four internship positions offered throughout the year: two of these are science communication internships with one taking place from January to the end of March and the second from June to the end of August; one external relations internship taking place from April to the end of June; and a science diplomacy internship taking place from September to the end of November.

The internship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the successful candidate‚Äôs home country at the beginning and end of the internship, as well as a modest salary to offset living expenses during the period of the internship.

Science Communication 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 candidates 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. One candidate will join the CER team from January to the end of March, while the second intern will join us from June to the end of August.  

Eligibility:

  • 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. We encourage applications from developing countries.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

We offer:

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. 

Appointment terms:

The science communication internship runs from January to the end of March and from June to the end of August. Only one position is available for each period. Selected candidates will be expected to be at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria for the full period of the internship.

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

Additional information:

General information on working 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 Young Scientists Summer Program and not all of it will apply to the science communication intern.

External Relations Internship

The external relations intern will gain experience in developing engagements between IIASA, its National and Regional Member Organizations and their communities, IIASA alumni, and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will work in the IIASA Communications and External Relations Department, assisting the Alumni and Network Officer, the External Relations Officer, and the Science Diplomacy Officer with a variety of tasks such as supporting engagements and events, including on IIASA Connect, the preparation of Member Organization engagement reports, and the facilitation of activities with external partners.

Eligibility:

  • A Bachelor's or equivalent degree in political science, international relations, public relations, or another relevant area, and/or current students or graduates of an international relations or science-policy program.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a Member Organization. We encourage applications from developing countries.

Qualifications:

  • First experience in external relations in an international organization or national organization with an international focus, preferably dealing with research.
  • Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.
  • Experience with or interest in international relations, political science, sociology, communication, and the science-society interface.

We offer:

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. 

Appointment terms:

The external relations internship runs from April to the end of June. The selected candidate will be expected to be at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria for the full period of the internship.

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

Additional information:

General information on working 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 Young Scientists Summer Program and not all of it will apply to the external relations intern.

Science Diplomacy Internship

The science diplomacy intern will gain experience in developing engagements between IIASA, international organizations, the diplomatic corps, policymakers, the science diplomacy network, alumni, and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will work in the IIASA Communications and External Relations Department, assisting the Science Diplomacy Officer, External Relations Officer, and Alumni and Network Officer with a variety of tasks including the organization of conferences, workshops, and other events with a science diplomacy dimension, support engagements with the diplomatic corps, policymakers and other stakeholders, and contribute to IIASA science diplomacy outreach activities.

Eligibility:

  • A Bachelor's or equivalent degree in international relations, law, public administration, or other relevant area, and/or current student or graduate of international or diplomatic studies.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a Member Organization. We encourage applications from developing countries.

Qualifications:

  • First experience in the area of diplomacy and science in an international organization or national organization with an international focus, preferably dealing with research.
  • Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.
  • Experience with or interest in science-policy interface, science diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, and international relations

We offer:

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. 

Appointment terms:

The science diplomacy internship runs from September to the end of November. The selected candidate will be expected to be at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria for the full period of the internship.

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

Additional information:

General information on working 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 Young Scientists Summer Program and not all of it will apply to the science diplomacy intern.