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Institute for Security Studies (ISS): Communication Internships 2024 Apply Online

We are seeking dynamic and motivated individuals to join our team as Communication Interns. This internship provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of communications within a renowned research institution. As a Communication Intern at ISS, you will contribute to the development and implementation of communication strategies, helping to amplify our impact in the realm of security studies.

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  • Content Creation: Develop engaging written and multimedia content for various communication channels, including social media, website, and newsletters.
  • Social Media Management: Assist in managing and growing ISS's social media presence, ensuring timely and relevant updates across platforms.
  • Media Relations: Support the coordination of media relations activities, including drafting press releases, building media lists, and facilitating outreach to journalists.
  • Event Support: Contribute to the planning and execution of events, workshops, and conferences, ensuring effective communication before, during, and after the events.
  • Monitoring and Analytics: Monitor media coverage and social media analytics to assess the impact of communication efforts and identify areas for improvement.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with ISS teams to gather information and insights for communication purposes, fostering a collaborative and integrated approach.
  • Educational Background: Currently pursuing or recently completed a degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, International Relations, or a related field.
  • Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to convey complex information clearly and concisely.
  • Digital Literacy: Familiarity with social media platforms, content management systems, and basic graphic design tools is an asset.
  • Initiative: Proactive and self-motivated, with a willingness to take on new challenges and contribute ideas to enhance communication strategies.
  • Team Player: Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team environment, fostering a positive and inclusive atmosphere.
Job Benefits
  • Professional Development: Gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of communication within a reputable research institution, enhancing your skills and knowledge in the areas of content creation, social media management, and media relations.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with professionals and experts in the field of security studies, expanding your professional network and creating opportunities for future collaborations.
  • Mentorship: Receive guidance and mentorship from experienced communication professionals at ISS, providing valuable insights into the industry and helping you navigate your career path.
  • Exposure to Research and Policy: Engage with cutting-edge research and policy discussions on security issues in Africa, deepening your understanding of critical challenges and potential solutions.
  • Collaborative Environment: Work in a collaborative and inclusive team environment, contributing to meaningful projects that have a real impact on human security in Africa.
  • Training Opportunities: Access training sessions and workshops to further develop your skills in communication, social media management, and other relevant areas.
  • Flexibility: Enjoy a flexible work environment that allows you to balance your internship responsibilities with academic commitments.
  • Access to Events: Attend ISS events, conferences, and workshops, providing opportunities to learn from experts, engage in discussions, and expand your knowledge base.
  • Professional Exposure: Have the chance to have your work published and credited, gaining visibility in the field of security studies and communication.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Upon successful completion of the internship, receive a letter of recommendation from ISS, acknowledging your contributions and accomplishments during your internship.
  1. Prepare Your Application Documents:
    • Resume: Highlight your educational background, relevant skills, and any previous experience in communication or related fields.
    • Cover Letter: Clearly articulate your motivation for applying, detailing how your skills and interests align with the internship at ISS.
    • Writing Sample: Include a sample of your written work, such as a blog post, article, or academic paper, showcasing your communication abilities.
  2. Compose an Email:
    • Address the email to the specified contact person (if provided) or the general ISS recruitment email address.
    • Subject Line: Clearly state "Communication Intern Application - [Your Name]."
  3. Attach Documents:
    • Attach your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to the email.
    • Ensure that your documents are in a common format (PDF is often preferred) and are clearly labeled with your name.
  4. Compose a Brief Introduction:
    • In the body of the email, introduce yourself briefly and express your enthusiasm for the Communication Intern position at ISS.
    • Mention where you heard about the internship opportunity.
  5. Provide Contact Information:
    • Include your phone number and other relevant contact information in the email.
  6. Send the Email:
    • Double-check that all required documents are attached.
    • Send the email to the specified email address or the ISS recruitment contact.
  7. Confirmation:
    • Upon successful submission, you should receive an acknowledgment email confirming the receipt of your application.
Employment Type
Duration of employment
3 Months
Research Services
Job Location
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0002, South Africa
Working Hours
Date posted
March 29, 2024
Valid through
January 13, 2028
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