Democracy Reporting International seeks Research Intern

Democracy Reporting International Internship  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 18 Feb 2016

Job Description

Democracy Reporting International seeks

Research Intern

at an EU-funded project: “Supporting Democracy: A Citizen Organisations Programme (2015- 2018)”

 Position description

“Supporting Democracy: A Citizen Organisations Programme” is a three-year (April 2015-April 2018) technical assistance project funded by the EU and run by a consortium led by SOFRECO (France), with Democracy Reporting International (Germany) and the National Democratic Institute (USA). It provides in-country or remote expertise on the active role of civil society within the democratic cycle to EU Delegations and civil society groups, in countries selected for the implementation of the EU Agenda for Action on Democracy Support.

The project team is based in Brussels and is composed of a Team Leader, a Democracy Expert and a Finance/Administration Officer. The project team works with the support of a large number of experts for remote assistance and/or field deployment. A dedicated backstopping manager supports the Brussels team for overall project management.


The Research Intern will work under the supervision of the Project’s Team Leader. S/he will:

  • Keep abreast of academic/policy related developments in areas related to the Technical Assistance Project (e.g. new EU policy documents, OECD or UN guidance, etc.);
  • Produce synthetic reading notes/briefing notes for the project team as requested;
  • Provide first tier quality control on documents received and/or produced by the Project. This quality control will primarily concern English language documents;
  • Attend project-related events in Brussels and produce reports of the topics covered (e.g. international fora or conferences, think tank report launching events, etc.);
  • Provide administrative/logistical support to the team inter alia to support mission deployments;
  • Keep Project planning and work schedules up to date (particularly the rolling work plan), planning meetings;
  • Any other task as requested by the project team and according to the project’s standard operating procedures.


This is an unpaid position, the candidate must currently be a student and be able to provide an official internship/traineeship agreement from his/her university. S/he should be professional, dynamic, motivated, flexible and willing to work in a multicultural team.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced university degree (i.e. Masters degree or equivalent) in Law, Political Science, International Relations or any other discipline relevant to the assignment;
  • Excellent knowledge of Internet tools and the Microsoft Office software suite (Word, Excel, …);
  • Prior experience with civil society organisations in democracy support – international or in home country – will be an asset.

Language skills

  • Excellent written and spoken English is a must. Drafting skills in English will be assessed during selection;
  • Proven advanced knowledge of French or Spanish will be an asset.

Application instructions

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter stating your motivations in English to

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