European Affairs and Partnership Intern

Position Description

Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated intern to assist its European Affairs and Partnership (EAP) team in all European business development activities. Interns must be enrolled at university during the internship, and available for at least 30 hours per week for a period of four-six months from March 2020 onward. The objective of this internship program is to provide the intern with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Peacebuilding and conflict transformation methodologies and programming.
  • Knowledge of the work of European institutions and European governments on the topic of peacebuilding.
  • Experience of policy development in the field of peacebuilding
  • Skills to better organize and prioritize own work, time management
  • Understanding of European and bilateral funding instruments and funding research
  • Expand 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. 


Based in Search’s Brussels headquarters, the EAP intern will be an integral part of the EAP team. The intern’s responsibilities are to: a) support the business development work of the EAP department, particularly through research, b) support the advocacy work of the EAP, and c) to support with administrative work as needed.

Key area 1: Business development (60%)

  • Conduct daily desk research on European (EU, governments, and others) funding opportunities 
  • Research and draft EU-updates for field offices
  • Support the writing of proposals and other business development-related tasks

Key area 2: Advocacy (30%)

  • Represent Search at events relevant to our program work and report back to the relevant field teams  
  • Assist with organization of advocacy meetings (visits of field staff to Brussels office) and other events
  • Other tasks related to EAP advocacy work 


Key area 3: Other support (10%)

  • Provide needs-based support on content research for the EAP team and overall organization
  • Provide general administrative support 

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.

Education and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or in the pursuit of a university degree - preferably in international relations, conflict studies, development studies, political science or similar;
  • Knowledge of European institutions and understanding of EU decision-making procedures; 
  • Research skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Prior (volunteering) experience in a related field is an asset;
  • Strong oral and written communication in English and organizational skills; 
  • Knowledge of French, Dutch, or any other European language is an asset;
  • Ability to 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 organisational and business practices.

Commitment to Search Values:  Shared Humanity - Empathy - Impartiality -  Inclusivity - Courage - Hope - Humility - Audacity.

Duration: The candidate must be available for at least 30 hours per week for a period of at least four months from March 2020 onward; candidates available for a full-time, six-month internship are preferred. 

Compensation: This internship is unpaid. 

To apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items  to our employment portal here:

  • current resume
  • cover letter
  • writing sample

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: Shared Humanity - Empathy - Impartiality - Inclusivity - Courage - Hope - Humility - Audacity. 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.

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