Communications Intern

Access Now
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 07

Position description

Access Now is an international civil society organisation whose mission it is to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, we fight for open and secure communications for all. Our policy, advocacy, technology, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About this Internship

This internship is under the mentorship and guidance of Fanny Hidvegi, Access Now’s European Policy Manager, but it will also include working closely with the Advocacy team and broader organization. The intern will work specifically on Access Now Europe’s communications and outreach efforts and monitoring digital rights developments and news in the European Union.

Interns can expect to undertake the following responsibilities: 

  • Map relevant journalists and media outlets on the EU and member state level to contribute to the Brussels office’s outreach efforts.
  • Assist in the drafting of press releases in English, and performing other related duties as required including Access Now’s social media presence.

Some of the benefits of interning at Access Now include: 

  • Develop and grow research and organization skills
  • Deeper understanding of the communications/press environment across the EU
  • Learn about basic analytics tools and how to leverage them to improve engagement
  • Grow a network and get familiar with the comms industry!
  • You’ll get to share the office with fun human colleagues and Milo


Ideally, candidates are recent graduates in Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Political Communications, Media, politics, or related field. This is a great opportunity for someone who’s looking for experience needed for entry-level positions for press secretary or politically interested organizations as well as tech organizations that work in the public policy space.

  • While a legal background is not required, a working knowledge of human rights legal framework and policies in the European Union is highly favorable
  • A genuine interest in digital rights, law, and technology
  • Good written communication skills
  • Motivated to work and learn
  • Be able to work quickly and pay attention to detail
  • The working language is English but knowledge of additional language(s) of the EU is a plus


The intern will be based in the organization’s office in Brussels, Belgium.

Time Commitment and Terms

  • This communications position will start in September 2017. The duration of the position is four (4) months. The position is renewable.
  • Ideally full time but open to candidates finishing studies who need a flexible schedule.
  • The internship will be remunerated in accordance with Belgian law which defines the amount and may extend up to 800€ per month, where remuneration is permitted.

Application instructions

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and one reference. Please place “Communications Intern Brussels – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

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