Project Volunteer Intern, EU Advocacy and Research

  • Volunteer
  • Brussels or remote, Belgium

Project Volunteer Intern, EU Advocacy and Research

Job description

This six months voluntary internship will support the daily work of the EU research and advocacy team.  The voluntary internship is a learning opportunity for a highly motivated, young professional or recent graduate looking to gain hands-on EU policy and advocacy experience and country and issue-specific knowledge of conflict prevention and resolution as pertaining to crises covered by Crisis Group.

The selected candidate will be closely associated to the team’s work, notably EU-funded project activities, supporting their implementation and contributing to their planning and conceptualisation.

The volunteer intern will support the organization of policy engagements and dialogues, conferences and other events; producing research memos and background materials on EU foreign policy and conflict situations; and assisting with advocacy tasks, including scheduling and attending meetings with EU officials. The voluntary intern will join the team’s engagement with EU officials and EU policy practitioners along with Crisis Group’s analysts and senior staff.

The selected candidate and supervisor will set knowledge and skills development goals at the start of the internship.   Regular feedback will be provided throughout the six-month period, with supervisory meetings with both the supervisor and the team manager to help monitor the development of the volunteer intern’s professional development goals.


  • Work closely with the Senior EU Project Officer and provide support with daily tasks related to the implementation of projects in cooperation with the European Union;
  • Support the team in the monitoring and evaluation of Crisis Group’s policy engagement and dialogue with the European Union;
  • Assist the EU Research and Advocacy team with the organisation of policy dialogues and briefings, conferences, advocacy meetings and other events;
  • Monitor EU institutions’ and Member States’ sources, and track their engagement and foreign policy developments related to conflict prevention and resolution;
  • Contribute to the EU research and advocacy team’s monthly situation report;
  • Produce background materials on EU foreign policy and activities related to conflict issues covered by Crisis Group for advocacy staff and field personnel;
  • Attend advocacy meetings, conferences or policy briefings on behalf of the team and prepare events reports and briefs;
  • Provide administrative support as needed.


Qualifications include:

● At least an undergraduate degree or in pursuit of a postgraduate degree, preferably in European studies, international relations, conflict studies, government, or similar;

● Knowledge of EU foreign policy and EU decision-making procedures, including an understanding of the Common Security and Defence Policy institutional framework. Prior experience with the EU institutions would be an asset;

● Strong oral and written communication, and organisational skills are strongly valued for this position;

● Analytical skills and ability to present complex information into concise and informative briefs;

● English language skills at native-speaker level a must. Advanced or at least conversant knowledge of French highly desirable. Knowledge of other European languages would be an asset;

● Eligibility of residing and working in Belgium is preferable.

If interested, please apply by 31 July 2021.