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Internship: European Council on Foreign Relations in London / UK DL: 8 May 2012

Post: Intern, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Programme
Reporting to: Head of MENA Programme
Location: London
Deadline for Application: 8th May
Interviews To Be Held: 11/ 14th May
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: Up to 6 months, full time or part time (minimum 20 hours per week)
Only candidates available on the interview dates and can start as soon as possible should apply
Background to appointment
The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is a pan-European initiative which seeks to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent, effective and values-based European foreign policy. A pan-European Council. ECFR has brought together a distinguished Council of over one hundred Members - politicians, decision makers, thinkers and business people from the EU's member states and candidate countries. A physical presence in the main EU member states. ECFR, uniquely among European think-tanks, has offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris and Sofia. Our offices are platforms for research, debate, advocacy and communications. A distinctive research and policy development process. ECFR has brought together a team of distinguished researchers and practitioners from all over Europe to advance its objectives through innovative projects with a pan-European focus. ECFR's activities include primary research, publication of policy reports, private meetings and public debates, ‘friends of ECFR' gatherings in EU capitals and outreach to strategic media outlets.
For more information:
Responsibilities Support the MENA programme’s advocacy and outreach activities in different European countries (organisation of events, distribution of publications). Help identify and liaise with relevant policy, advocacy and think-tank contacts and contribute to the development of the programme’s contact database. Help develop the MENA programme’s media outreach towards journalists, bloggers and twitter users.
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Help keep track of the MENA programme’s media work. Look after the relevant parts of the website, and make proposals for innovation. Compile and circulate a weekly review of MENA-related news. Help process and analyse research data. Help ensure that ECFR’s national offices are effectively included in MENA-related projects. Other general responsibilities as may be reasonably requested over time
Experience University degree in international affairs, EU affairs, public policy, political sciences or equivalent Some office experience, preferably in a fast-paced environment requiring extensive interaction with others by phone and in writing. Excellent written and oral communication skills (a very high standard of written and spoken English - knowledge of Swedish and or Norwegian is an asset.) Highly IT (including website) proficient. Good knowledge of the EU (relevant internship in an EU institution or foreign affairs ministry is an asset). Relevant language skills to the region are preferred.
Person specification Flexible and able to multi-task. Good organisational skills and an eye for detail. Ability to work independently and as part of a multinational team and to develop effective relationships. A demonstrated interest in MENA related issues and issues of concern to ECFR is highly desirable.
ECFR Internship Offer
This position is unpaid; however, lunch vouchers will be provided and travel to and from work within London will be paid for. The successful candidate will acquire significant experience in event management, research and general office duties at a major pan-European research institution have access to relevant meetings and all ECFR publications.
Please send a one page covering letter (with ref: ECFR MENA Intern in the subject line) and your CV to: please restrict your CV to no more than two pages of A4. Please could you specify your citizenship and status with respect to living and working in the UK in either your CV or covering letter.
No phone calls please. Due to the large volume of candidates applying for positions within ECFR we will unfortunately only be able to respond to shortlisted candidates.
ECFR is an equal opportunities employer.