We are seeking an outstanding individual to join the Executive team as a research assistant intern in our Brussels office. The position begins early October 2017 and last between 3-6 months with the option to extend. It is an unsalaried position with reasonable travel and lunch expenses paid.
Successful internship applicants will support the Executive team in developing current projects and assisting with research, which could involve:
- Horizon scanning of the European agenda, relevant meetings, news and opinions;
- Doing background research for the Executive Director’s blogs, briefings, Power Point presentations, newsletter, articles, concept notes and high level meetings;
- Undertaking literature reviews and data collection on emerging topics of interest for IEEP;
- Planning communications strategy, social media management, website management and email marketing; and
- Preparing press releases and building relationships with press.
The Executive team works on a number of themes. This includes climate change, agriculture and land use, SDGs and their implementation in Europe, the circular economy, water policy, etc. This internship opportunity would thus provide an excellent opportunity for hands-on learning.
The internship is expected to be 38 hours (5 days) per week but the programme is open to alternative work patterns. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director and the Communications team.
Interested applicants must:
- Have a demonstrated interest in the environment, climate and EU policy;
- Hold a good first degree in a relevant subject;
- Have an understanding of EU institutions;
- Have demonstrated good communication skills, in particular, excellent written and spoken English and the ability to present information in a clear, precise and accessible style in this language;
- Show initiative and be flexible with regard to the tasks they are asked to complete;
- Be capable of working independently in a fast-paced small office environment;
- Have good organisational and time management skills;
- Be reliable and capable of paying close attention to detail; and
- Have good computer skills (particularly in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and internet).
Successful applicants are likely to have:
- A higher degree in a relevant environmental subject; or
- Some experience of environmental issues or EU policy related work.
University students who are writing a thesis (eg Masters or PhD) in related topics and are looking for institutional visits/placements and work experience are welcome to apply.
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