We are currently looking for science communication or science journalism students interested in working at the press office of the 2012 General Assembly, which is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 22-27 April. The students will be assisting the EGU press officer and the journalists at the press centre, and are expected to help organise and run press conferences. Other tasks include writing and/or editing for EGU Today, the daily newsletter at the General Assembly, and for GeoLog, the EGU blog.
This is a paid opportunity for science communication students to gain experience in the workings of a press office at a major scientific conference, and to interact with journalists, freelance science writers and public information officers. Similarly to other student assistants at the conference, the successful candidates will receive €8 per hour and will be given an extra €150 for travel and accommodation expenses.
The positions are open to University students or recent graduates in science communication, science writing or science journalism (preference will be given to postgraduate students). Applicants must have an expert command of English and good computer and Internet skills.
Applications should include
* Cover letter and CV (one page each) summarising relevant experience
* Two recent writing samples (published or unpublished, aimed at a general audience)
Application documents (in English) should be submitted by e-mail in a single file to Bárbara T. Ferreira, the EGU Media and Communications Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Bárbara can also be contacted for informal enquiries.
The deadline for applications is 10 February 2012.
The EGU (www.egu.eu) is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences and the planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. The EGU organises a General Assembly that attracts over 10,000 scientists each year, as well as reporters interested in hearing about the latest research in topics that range from volcanology and earthquakes to climate science, and from solar physics to planetary science.