Paid Intern at European Youth Forum Secretariat, Brussels

Deadline: 5 December 2010
Open to: Scholars with academic background in politics, social sciences, journalism, communication, law or equivalent
Allowance: A gross monthly salary of 1.387,49EUR
: 6 months

Call for a paid Intern – Policy Monitoring and Communication

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is recruiting an intern to work for 6 months, starting in January 2011 in the Secretary-General’s Office. The internship is based at the European Youth Forum Secretariat in Brussels. The successful candidate will work in close coordination with the Communication Team and the Head of Policy Development and Advocacy Department. The European Youth Forum is the representative Platform of 99 National Youth Councils and International Non Governmental Youth Organisations from across Europe, and works for the benefit of all young people in Europe.


• Policy Monitoring: support the monitoring of the institutional development of youth Policy already done within the European Youth Forum, according to its strategic priorities: Education, Participation and Youth Mainstreaming, Human Rights, Youth Work Development, Employment and Social Affairs. The monitoring will be done through the screening of institutional communication channels (EU institutions, Council of Europe, United Nations) and major European media.
• Communication: drafting of a periodical public bulletin, the European ‘Youth Policy Watch’, which includes the results of the institutional monitoring.


• Academic background in politics, social sciences, journalism, communication, law or equivalent.
• Knowledge of and interest in Youth Policy.
• Available for six months, full-time, starting in January 2011.
• Available to travel abroad and work on weekends when necessary.

Skills and competencies required

• Drafting and editing skills for texts targeting external audiences;
• Able to research, collate, analyze and summarize information;
• Policy analysis skills;
• Capacity to work with people from different social and cultural backgrounds;
• Very good written and oral skills in English, and preferably, also in French;
• Computer literate (European Youth Forum uses Open Source Software, such as Open Office); knowledge of graphic software is a plus.

What the YFJ offers

• An interesting and challenging period of work experience in a major Brussels-based NGO, with the opportunity to gain specific knowledge on advocacy and Policy issues related to youth, education, social affairs, sustainable development, etc.
• Coverage of public transport travel costs within the Brussels region.
• A gross monthly salary of 1.387,49EUR. Interviews will take place in the second week of December 2010 in Brussels.

Please note that due to the high number of applications received for YFJ vacancies, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted. Reception of applications sent by email will be acknowledged.

How to apply

A CV and an application letter should be sent to the Secretary General, Giuseppe Porcaro, to the following email address:, by the 5th December 2010 (midnight Brussels time). Applications are also accepted by post: 120 rue Joseph II B-1000Brussels, or fax +32 2 230 1 23.

All applications must be completed in either English or French.

The European Youth Forum aims to ensure that no job application or employee receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.

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