CSIR Communication Internship

The CSIR’s Strategic Initiatives Implementation Unit (SIIU) has a vacancy for a Communication Internship on a 12-month contract basis. The incumbent will build the profile/visibility of the CSIR Strategic Initiatives Implementation Unit, the CSIR Enterprise Creation for Development unit and the CSIR, by providing holistic, comprehensive communications support to the unit Communication Manager. This includes developing and appropriately packaging written content concerning the organization’s work for dissemination through various channels, platforms and media.

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Key responsibilities:

  • Source, develop and appropriately package content in order to communicate effectively the CSIR’s implementation achievements, implementation projects, outputs and outcomes, implementation staff profiles and social impact through various channels platforms, and media. This will include active participation in all layers of the process,  which includes:
    • Conceptualisation: Sourcing, researching, formulating, brainstorming and pitching content matter as well as planning the execution.
    • Copy writing: Producing quality copy in short and long formats for various materials and channels – this includes (but is not limited to) press releases, web and intraweb stories, brochures, presentations, advertisements and video.
    • Supplier liaison: Negotiating, planning and liaising with suppliers and service providers to produce final products under the supervision of the Communication Manager and in line with CSIR procurement policy
  • Entrench the CSIR  and project brands in CSIR Strategic Initiatives Implementation Unit  and  encourage adherence to brand standards and coordination of unit brand collateral
  • Offer comprehensive operational support in terms of administrative duties for the Communication Department
  • Assist in the planning and execution of unit events such as stakeholder visits, conferences, staff social events, etc.
  • Write up all case studies, trials, tests and progress for inclusion in proposals, funder progress reports, presentations, brochures, websites, editorial pieces, media releases and newsletters;
  • Develop material for public consumption, including guideline documentation, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), etc;
  • Serve as entry point for enquiries relating to projects;
  • Participate in meetings to keep abreast of latest developments, recording of these sessions, communicating outcomes, setting up sessions;
  • Generate and manage web content for pages and project-related websites; and
  • Contribute to the building of a positive image of the CSIR and its implementation activities, and that of its stakeholders.

Qualifications and skills:

  • The relevant Bachelor’s degreejournalism or equivalent.
  • Exposure in a field which required science writing as primary deliverable. Proven ability to extract information from an interview or document, write in popularised style and deliver a high standard of written work;
  • Experience of and proven ability to work as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of photography and new and digital media would be a recommendation
  • Willingness to travel to sites where the project team is working.

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Closing date: 03 October 2013



Should you experience any problems in submitting your application, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre at Recruitmentqueries@csir.co.za. Please do not submit your application to this mailbox.

The CSIR gives preference to candidates who meet the job requirements and who will add to the cultural and gender diversity of the organisation. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. The CSIR reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

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