Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Be our Trainee! 
Friends of Europe is recruiting a programme assistant for a paid internship, to provide support principally in our Africa & Emerging Economics areas of expertise, amongst other responsibilities.
Friends of Europe is a leading think tank that connects people, stimulates debate and triggers change to create a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe.
This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of an influential thinktank and develop your skills and experience. You will gain an understanding of policy areas, whilst gaining greater in-depth knowledge and expertise about Asia, Africa & emerging economies, and have the chance to learn, give your input, and have an impact.
What will I be doing?
Assisting in and supporting programme managers with the organisation, delivery and follow-up of Friends of Europe events (e.g. drafting event proposals, invitations and programmes, contacting speakers, preparing moderators’ briefings and pre-reading materials, registering and assisting participants, drafting and sending evaluation questionnaires, on-site support at events etc.)
Researching and writing briefings on EU and global policy challenges
Researching speakers, authors, themes and background information for our debates and articles
Providing input to developing programme content for our events, planning publications and requests for articles
Assisting in the organisation and follow-up of meetings and conducting other administrative tasks relating to the activities of the organisation (e.g. managing correspondence, providing logistical arrangements, background documentation, report writing)
Developing and keeping-up-to date databases (e.g. entering data, creating mailing lists, etc.)
Conducting specific research in the areas of work (e.g. drafting fact sheets, updating documents, etc.)
Engaging in work across the organisation and supporting the leadership team as required
What skills and qualifications do I need to have?
Relevant university degree (for example relating to development policy, or general social policy; politics, European studies)
Be fluent in English (knowledge of other European languages is an asset)
Excellent organisational, communication, writing and editing skills
Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in Asia, Africa & Emerging Economies, and more generally European and global affairs
Research experience combined with good analytical skills
Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (a knowledge of social media is desirable)
A highly-motivated, creative and enthusiastic personality – you need to be able to meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Knowledge of our organisation, an interest in working for a think-tank and commitment to the work of the non- profit and civil society sector
Good understanding of EU institutions
Who can apply?
This position is open only to nationals of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland, or non-EU nationals in possession of a valid work permit.
How do I apply?
The internship will be paid and based in Brussels starting as soon as possible.
To apply, please send:
your CV (maximum 2 pages),
a cover letter (maximum 1 page)
if possible, an example of written work
to, indicating the position and your name in the subject line.
The closing date for applications is 13 April 2018.

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