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Internship: Paid Internship at European Democrat Group

Paid Internship - European Democrat Group
Purpose of the internship programme

1. An internship for graduate students is available at the European Democrat Group (EDG), a centre right-wing political group at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
This internship intends to:
a) increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE); and
b) provide the EDG with the assistance and contribution of an outstanding graduate.
2. The relationship between the EDG and the intern is one of mutual benefit. He/she is involved, inter alia, in: researching human rights and political issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing technical, translation and interpreting servicing of small-scale meetings and general secretarial & administrative support.

Qualifications required
3. The intern shall be selected from graduate students in disciplines related to the work of the Council of Europe. Applicants must have an excellent command of Russian (native level) and a very good level of English. Knowledge of additional languages, in particular French, shall be considered as an asset. The intern must be able to work both independently and as part of a team and possess excellent research-skills. He/she must have proven ability to work in a multicultural working environment and must be able to multitask under pressure.

Internship dates and duration
4. The EDG will only employ one intern at any one time. The internship starts on September 17th 2012 and shall last till October 19th 2012 (5 weeks).

Conditions of service
5. According to the prevailing French legislation, asylum seekers are not permitted to seek any form of employment, whether paid or unpaid, including internship.
6. Interns are assigned to work with a supervisor who is responsible for providing him/her with a description of duties and a work plan.
7. Internships with the European Democrat Group are remunerated. The fixed remuneration is €1000 in total for the entire period. Weekend work and overtime (especially during the Assembly week) may be required. No additional payment shall be awarded. Interns are not considered officials or staff members of the Council of Europe. Travel costs arising from travelling at the start of the internship and returning at the end of the internship shall be refunded with a maximum of €250 if the intern comes from within the Schengen-area and €500 if the intern comes from out of the Schengen-area. The European Democrat Group is unable to assist you with acquiring a Schengen visa.
8. Living expenses in France must be covered by the remuneration proposed as outlined in point 7. Any additional costs must be covered by the intern him- or herself or by a sponsoring institution. Interns are themselves responsible for obtaining visas and for finding accommodation. In Strasbourg, interns are provided, upon arrival, with a Council of Europe
access pass and general information about the Council of Europe and PACE.
9. The European Democrat Group nor the Council of Europe accepts any responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Interns must have their own health insurance. In case of illness or other circumstances which might prevent the completion of the internship, interns will inform their supervisor.
10. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
11. Interns are expected to work full-time and to carry out the duties assigned to them. They do not accrue annual leave during the period of the internship. Otherwise they are bound by the same duties and obligations as regular staff members; in particular, all confidential and (un)published information obtained during the internship may not be used by interns without the written authorization of the European Democrat Group.

Procedure for applying
12. Applicants should submit the following documentation:
· a covering letter in English stating the reason for applying to the internship programme and how the internship fits in his/her future career goals;
· a detailed curriculum vitae in English;
· a standard passport photograph and a copy of the picture page of the passport.
Please indicate in your application if you have or do not have a valid Schengenvisa for the period September-October 2012.
13. Incomplete applications shall not be considered.
14. Closing date for the application is July 18th 2012. Interviews shall take place in Strasbourg, France (dates TBC but probably 23-24 July). Travel costs to and from the place of interview can not be reimbursed.
15. Due to the large amount of applications, only selected candidates shall be contacted.

Address for applications
European Democrat Group - Council of Europe
Palais - Office 5117
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex - FRANCE
Or by e-mail :
Applications are preferably submitted electronically but should not exceed 2MB