European Policy Support Internship

26 July, 2020

The European Institute of Peace is looking for exceptional individuals who share our vision for a world where people live in safety and peace because conflicts and grievances are resolved through inclusive dialogue and lasting political agreements.

We provide practical experience, technical expertise and policy advice on conflict resolution. We use a variety of tools to help us do this, including analysis, mapping and design of peace processes and agreements, facilitating policy discussions, and proposing practical engagement, for example through inclusive dialogue and mediation support.

Based in Brussels and active in 15 countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organisation working collaboratively with European decision makers, the parties to conflict, and those who represent people suffering from insecurity or at risk of violence, as well as the conflict prevention, resolution and mediation community.

Our innovative approach to peace enables us to be agile, creative and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members. See for more information.

Terms of Reference

The Institute is in the process of upgrading its engagement with European policy makers both in Brussels and in EU members states.

To support this effort, we are looking for a European Policy Support Intern for 6-12 months to support the Institute’s ongoing data gathering and stakeholder mapping of actors in Brussels and capitals while keeping track of debates and discussions relevant to the Institute’s mission. Working from the Institute’s office in Brussel, the intern will work as part of the Engagement, Dialogue and Process Design Unit, reporting to the European Policy Support Team Coordinator.

Duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting a comprehensive stakeholder mapping of European policy makers relevant to the Institute’s mission;
  • Building up a contact database for all staff, creating an easy overview of key policy actors;
  • Keeping abreast of upcoming debates and discussions, reports, call for proposals, political events and meetings in Brussels and key capitals relevant to the Institute’s programmatic work;
  • Supporting the the Institute’s European Policy Support team and Senior Management on internal communications;
  • Assisting colleagues on policy research, communications or administrative issues, as required.


  • University degree in European Affairs, Political Science, International Relations or a related field;
  • Strong interest in European politics and policy making;
  • Good understanding of the EU institutions;
  • Prior relevant traineeship or internship is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent command of English and French is essential.  Any other EU language is an asset;
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office products;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • A fast learner with good analytical and research skills;
  • Good organisational, prioritisation, communication and teamwork skills. Can work independently and demonstrates initiative;
  • Ability to work in Belgium (Belgian or EU citizen or currently in possession of a Belgian work permit).

EIP offers

  • 6 months internship contract with a possibility of extension at €1,000 per month;
  • Lunch vouchers;
  • Contribution to public transportation to and from the office;
  • 40h/week (with RTT days – one day earned per month);
  • An exciting, international environment.

Recruitment process

Please submit in English:

  • your CV (Name_Surname_CV);
  • your motivation letter (Name_Surname_LM_ European Affairs Research Internship)

Submit to:

The deadline is 26 July 2020 midnight COB.  If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.