Vacancy: Governance and communications intern

IEEP is looking for an intern to join the Governance and Communications team in Brussels for six months under a paid vocational immersion contract.


The successful candidate will support the IEEP’s Governance and Communications teams, in developing new and ongoing projects, assisting with research and communication, which could involve:

  • Undertaking evidence-based analysis (literature reviews, data collection, interviews) to support ongoing and future policy papers and analysis;
  • Horizon scanning and monitoring of the international and European policy agenda (e.g. policy developments, meetings, news and opinions);
  • Supporting with outreach and communications (e.g. external representation, social media presence, email newsletters and blog posts for

The Governance team works on several themes within Area 6 of the LIFE programme  "A post-2020 European environmental policy for and with the people". This umbrella includes social, health and well-being impacts of environmental policy, sustainability priorities of young people and future generations, SDGs implementation in the European context, public participation and access to justice.


Interested applicants must:

  • Have a demonstrated interest in and understanding of the internal elements of the EU environmental and sustainability policy;
  • Hold a good first degree in a relevant subject;
  • Have a good understanding of EU policymaking processes and 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; another EU language is an asset;
  • Have an understanding of, and ideally experience in, communication to the general public, including on social media;
  • Have some experience with external representation and the organisation of meetings and events;
  • 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, and Outlook).

Candidates should show that they either are EU citizens or have a suitable visa already in place that allows them to take up employment in Belgium.

How to apply

Applicants should send a letter of motivation outlining their reasons for wanting the job and their relevant experience, a completed application form, and their CV.

Applicants should clearly mark the title of the email subject line: ‘Governance and Communications Policy Assistant’.

Send your application by email to Bartosz Brzezinski ( and Tsvetelina Filipova (

All applications must reach us by midnight CET on 24 January 2021. Interviews are foreseen to take place during the first week of February.