Internship: European Affairs and Partnerships

Position Summary
Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated intern to assist its European Affairs and Partnership (EAP) team in all European business development activities, including funding research, fundraising data analysis, and support to proposal development. Interns must be available at least 32 hours per week for a period of four to six months from September 2021 onward. Depending on the intern’s individual learning goals and interests, which will be determined at the beginning of the internship, the EAP intern can gain the following knowledge and skills:
-Insights into peacebuilding and conflict transformation methodologies and programming
-Knowledge of the work of European institutions and European governments on the topic of peacebuilding
-Experience of business development: understanding of funding instruments and funding research; proposal development
-Skills to better organize and prioritize own work, time management
-Expanded network in Brussels
Progress against the learning objectives will be monitored by the intern and their supervisor. The learning objectives and/or tasks may be modified during the internship if this is deemed appropriate by both parties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

      • The EAP intern will be an integral part of the EAP and Search Brussels team. The intern’s responsibilities will depend on the internship priorities and will include:
Business development (70%)
      • Conduct research on European (EU, governments, foundations) funding opportunities
      • Support the writing and reviewing of proposals and related documents
      • Analysis of fundraising data
      • Other tasks related to business development
Other support (30%)
    • Database administration
    • Provide general administrative support


      • Bachelor Degree, preferably in international relations, conflict studies, development studies, political science or similar; completed or ongoing studies in a relevant field at Master’s level are an asset;
      • Good knowledge of European institutions and understanding of EU decision-making procedures;
      • Demonstrated research skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail;
      • Prior (volunteering) experience in business development or a related field is an asset;
      • Excellent oral and written communication in English and French; knowledge of Dutch, or any other European language is an asset;
      • Good organizational and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects simultaneously within a demanding environment.
Behavioral Competencies
    • Working with People. The ability to respect the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy, listens, supports; consults others and shares information and expertise, builds team spirit and adapts to the team.
    • Flexibility.  The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, to tolerate ambiguity, to adapt personal style to different people and situations.
    • Communication. The ability to effectively exchange information with others, to effectively deliver critical information, to gather information and communicate with others.
    • Ethical Practice. The ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.
    • Commitment to Search Values:  Audacity, Tenacity, Cooperation, Empathy, Results.
Duration: The candidate must be available at least 32 hours per week for a period of four to six months from September 2021 onward; candidates available for a full-time, six-month internship are preferred. 
Compensation: The internship will fall under the Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle (CIP), a framework for internships in Belgium. Hence the candidates must have the legal ability to live and work in Belgium. The internship will be compensated with 813 EUR/month.
Residency requirement: Please note that EU residency is required for this
Location: Brussels. Depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic develops, the intern might be asked to work from home.
Deadline: Candidates are asked to submit their application by August 15, 2021.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.
All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
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