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Thursday, 6 July 2017
Vacancy for Programme Assistant Intern in Brussels, Belgium
Deadline: 14 July 2017
Open to: applicants of diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of
previous work experiences
Benefits: monthly stipend of EUR 1,600
Independent Diplomat seeks one intern to start work in
its Brussels office in the Summer of 2017.
Independent Diplomat (ID) is a unique non‐profit
venture in the world of international relations, diplomacy and conflict
prevention. Staffed by former diplomats, international lawyers
and experts in international relations, ID offers independent and confidential
advice and assistance on diplomatic technique and strategy to governments,
international institutions, non‐governmental organizations and political
groups. In addition to Brussels, ID also has offices in New York,
London and Geneva.
ID internships provide an excellent opportunity for
applicants looking to gain hands-on training and experience by being
closely involved in a fast‐paced international team working at the cutting edge
of international affairs and diplomacy. Successful candidate will be self-motivated,
passionate about international affairs, and able to quickly synthesize complex
information from a variety of sources.
ID seeks to bridge three branches of diplomacy: policy,
public diplomacy, and legal. Interns will be encouraged to contribute
to each of these areas and across the broad spectrum of ID’s client work and
geographical areas of focus. Depending on the role, interns’ work
typically involves research, media monitoring, development of social media
materials, and preparation of official visits, as well as assistance with
drafting of meeting reports, policy recommendations and diplomatic
communications. Interns should also be prepared to assist with the smooth
functioning of the ID office, including through contributions to general
office administration and event organisation.
We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and with a
broad range of previous work experiences to apply. Independent Diplomat is not
in a position to provide immigration support or visa sponsorship.
Independent Diplomat cannot offer any promise or guarantee of future
employment, paid or volunteer internships, or continuation of this internship
after the agreed length.
The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong interest
in international affairs, conflict prevention and dispute resolution, as well
as the mission of Independent Diplomat more broadly. In addition
candidates must have:
At least a 2:1 or equivalent Bachelor’s degree;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Fluency in English, and good basic knowledge of French or German;
Demonstrated interested in international affairs and
diplomacy, with at least 6 months’ experience in a relevant field;
Demonstrable knowledge and/or experience of the EU and
its institutions relevant to foreign policy;
Creativity and dynamism, as well as a passion for taking on
Interest in working as part of a small team and in taking on
Strong research and computer skills;
A strong work ethic and attention to detail;
The ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at one
ID internships place an emphasis on skills building and
dynamic thinking. We do not expect our interns to be experts in international
affairs. However, as you pursue your application, you may wish to
emphasize the following:
Fluency in other official European languages, in particular
French or German;
Arabic language skills are desirable but not essential;
Experience or knowledge of one of the following ID program areas:
the Middle East, Africa, or South Asia (particularly Syria and
Masters degree in relevant subject (Politics, International
Experience in an administrative role.
The successful candidate will receive a monthly stipend
of EUR 1,600.
ID Brussels Summer 2017 internships begin in August for an
initial period of no less than six months. ID prefers that interns are
available to work full-time during regular office hours, but exceptions can be
made in particular circumstances.
Please include the words ‘Brussels Internship – Summer 2017’ in
the email subject line.
Applications close at 23:59 (Central European Time) on
Friday 14th July 2017. Interviews will take place in the week
beginning 24th July 2017.
The cover letter should:
explain the reasons for your interest in an internship
position with ID;
demonstrate your suitability for the role;
indicate your preferred length of internship (no less than
four months), and your availability to work full or part-time.
The CV should include the names and contact details of two
references, ideally an academic reference and a reference of a current or
recent internship or employer.
Due to a large expected number of applicants, we regret that
we are unable to confirm receipt of applications, provide feedback to
unsuccessful candidates, or pay travel expenses for interviews conducted in
person in Brussels.
For further information about Independent Diplomat, please
visit the official