Writing internship

Sep 1, 2016

by Thea Koen

Scientific writing internship in Cape Town


For students interested in a writing internship focusing on astronomy and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).

The internship will be based at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town and dates are flexible, so please advise when you are available. Interviews with astronomers and engineers will be pre-arranged for the intern, and time will be allocated for articles to be written up. All work should be submitted by the end of the week.

The focus of articles should be on scientific results which SALT is producing, as well as the current generation of instruments on the telescope.  Articles of a high enough standard will be published on various media platforms. The “Public Contributions” section under the “News” tab on the SALT website has examples of articles written by previous interns.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of motivation to thea@salt.ac.za.

* Please note that this internship is available every year.


The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world. It can detect the light from faint or distant objects in the Universe, a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye – as faint as a candle flame would appear at the distance of the moon.