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Internship at The Amnesty International European Institutions Office Brussels, Belgium


The Amnesty International European Institutions Office offers several traineeships, for all of which the following applies:

Starting date: 1 October 2011 (until end February 2012)

Duration: 5 months
The traineeships on offer cover the following areas:

1. EU Common Foreign and Security Policy/External Relations (focusing on Africa, Asia and Americas)

Final day for application: 13 July 2011

Date of interviews: 1-2 September 2011, shortlisted candidates will be informed individually
2. EU Common Foreign and Security Policy/External Relations (focusing on Wider Europe, Middle East and Central Asia)

Final day for application: 13 July 2011

Date of interviews: 26-27 July 2011, shortlisted candidates will be informed individually
3. Asylum & Migration Policies

Final day for application: 10 July 2011

Date of interviews: 22 August 2011, shortlisted candidates will be informed individually
4. Campaign Assistant on Discrimination

Final day for application: 13 July 2011

Date of interviews: 28-29 July 2011 or 1-2 August 2011, shortlisted candidates will be informed individually
5. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Final day for application: to be confirmed

Date of interviews: to be confirmed, shortlisted candidates will be informed individually
6. Justice and Home Affairs and Fundamental Rights within the EU

Final day for application: 10 July 2011

Date of interviews: 19-20 July 2011, shortlisted candidates will be informed individually
7. Media and Communications

Final day for application: 10 July 2011

Date of interviews: week of 29 August to 2 September 2011, shortlisted candidates will be informed individually
Tasks for all trainees include:
Assisting your Executive/Policy Officer with the representation of Amnesty International vis-a-vis the European Institutions, other NGOs and the press, as appropriate, both in writing and orally;
Mapping relevant EU policies and legislation related to the human rights area you are working on (as above);
Preparation, assistance and follow-up of advocacy activities towards the EU institutions;
Preparation of responses to queries and requests from the EU institutions and AI offices;
Monitoring relevant EU legislation and events;
Monitoring European Parliament meetings in Brussels;
Information handling and focused research work on policy and legal developments in your work area;
Assistance in administrative tasks.
General requirements:
Knowledge of the EU institutions; experience working with the EU institutions or with the Council of Europe is an important asset
Strong interest in human rights and current affairs;
Fluency in English, including proficient drafting skills. Proficient French and other EU languages are an asset;
Good communication skills and an eye for detail;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing priorities and organising his/her time accordingly, with the ability to work on several files at the same time;
Standard computer skills (knowledge of Windows, Word, Internet Explorer).
Specific requirements:
For EU Common Foreign and Security Policy and External Relations: Educational background in political sciences, international/European law, international relations or human rights law.
For campaigning: Educational background in political sciences, international/European law, international relations or human rights law; web-editing skills and familiarity with web tools and applications; experience in campaigning an asset.
For Asylum & Migration Policies: knowledge of EU asylum and migration law and policy.
For Justice and Home Affairs and Fundamental Rights within the EU: knowledge of EU law, particularly fundamental rights.
For Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: knowledge of human rights and business or development co-operation.
For Media and Communications: good writing style.
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