RAND Europe seeks trainee

RAND Europe <1y Entry Level  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 8 Mrz 2016

Job Description

RAND’s mission is both simple and incredibly complex: We exist to help policymakers make decisions that are based on the best available information. This may not sound much different from the goals of other policy research institutions. But the difference is in the details. At RAND, our results are fueled by the best data, the strongest methods, and the brightest minds.

RAND’s tradition of high-quality research and analysis, begun in our early years, flourished during one of the defining challenges of the United States in the 20th century: the West’s dangerous competition with the Soviet Union in a nuclear age. In a time when emotions ran high, RAND remained committed to sober, objective research and to an approach to problem-solving that is founded on rigor and stripped of speculation.

Since our early emphasis on national security challenges, our work has become increasingly multidisciplinary and broad in scope. Our staff hail from more than 350 distinct academic disciplines and fields of study. We deliberately construct diverse project teams so that multiple perspectives are voiced.

RAND Europe seeks


The role of the trainee is designed to offer exposure to the various activities of a policy research institute. The assignment is an ideal transition for recent university graduates into the practical insights of EU policy making and policy research. This experience will provide valuable insights for later in your career.

Trainees will benefit from a comprehensive induction, 1-2-1 development meetings with senior colleagues, mentoring and the opportunity to visit our Cambridge office.

Key Responsibilities:

  • As a trainee, you are expected to support research staff in preparing research proposals, conducting desk research, monitoring and reporting on EU policy debates, attending and reporting on workshops, generally facilitating RAND Europe’s outreach in Brussels, maintain and help manage the office, and provide reception to guests.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trainee should have an outstanding academic record (Master’s degree or equivalent) and proven writing skills, a keen interest in (policy) research and familiarity with basic research principles as well as knowledge of national and EU policy making.
  • The ideal candidate is organised, willing to take initiative and a team player. He or she should be proficient in computer office applications (e.g. MS Word and Excel).
  • Fluency in English is an absolute requirement. Proficiency in French is an important asset.
  • The role is ideally suited to a recent graduate who has completed a traineeship at an EU institution, although we equally welcome applicants with work experience looking to make a transition to policy research.

Apply here: careers-rand-europe.icims.com/

Close date: 1/04/2016

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