Closing Date:  12 February 2013

The Meraka Institute – a unit of the CSIR which is focused on Information and communication technology (ICT), has an internship opportunity for a dynamic and self-motivated on a 12-month contract basis.


The incumbent s role is to build the profile/visibility of the Meraka Institute and the CSIR, by providing holistic, comprehensive communications support to the unit Communications Manager. This includes developing and appropriately packaging written content concerning the organisation’s work for dissemination through various channels, platforms and media. This will include:

  • To source develop and appropriately package content in order to effectively communicate the CSIR’s scientific achievements, research projects, outputs and outcomes, SET Base profiles, social impact, or creation of commercial value for dissemination through various channels platforms, and media. This will include active participation in all layers of the process which includes:

o   Conseptualisation: this could mean sourcing, researching, formulating, brainstorming and pitching content matter; as well as planning the execution.

o   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.

o   Supplier liaison: under the supervision of the communications manager negotiate, plan and liaise with suppliers and service providers to produce final products

  • Entrench the Brand in Meraka- encourage adherence to Brand Standards and coordination of unit brand collateral
  • Offer comprehensive operational support in terms of administrative duties for the Communications Department
  • Assist in the planning and execution of unit events such as stakeholder visits, conferences. Staff social events, etc.
  • Writing up all case studies, trials, tests and progress for inclusion in proposals, funder progress reports, presentations, brochures, websites, editorial pieces, media releases and newsletters;
  • Developing material for public consumption, including guideline documentation, technology maps, FAQs, etc..;
  • Serving as entry point for enquiries relating to the project;
  • Participating in meetings to keep abreast of latest developments, recording of these sessions, communicating outcomes, setting up sessions, including some degree of community liaison;
  • Generating and managing content for the project website, the Broadband-4-All wiki and other project-related websites; and
  • Contributing to the building of a positive image of the CSIR and its ICT activities and that of its stakeholders.


  • The candidate must have a B degree  in journalism or a relevant equivalent.
  • Experience 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 in a team;
  • Knowledge of social media, and specifically wireless technologies, will be an advantage;Willingness to travel to sites where the project team is working

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