The Scottish Government EU Office and Scotland Europa are responsible for representing Scotland’s political, economic, social, environmental and cultural interests to the Institutions and Member States of the European Union and wider diplomatic, economic and European partners in and around Brussels. Both organisations are located together in Scotland House.
Scotland House is offering 3 recent graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience in Brussels, completing an 11 month Policy and Events internship. This is an unique opportunity to develop your professional skills, working in the heart of the Brussels EU quarter across a wide range of activities and to play an integral part in developing our Brussels office.
The post will suit a candidate looking to gain experience of working in the context of the EU Institutions and European policymaking, and to develop their all-round professional skills. Our internship programme offers a well-rounded experience combining a focus on supporting our EU Policy team with some additional experience of administrative tasks and assistance to our Conference Centre Manager and Events team in the practical organisation of Scotland House events. We are therefore seeking a candidate who can combine strong research and communication skills with a hands-on approach to administrative and practical tasks.
Roles and Responsibilities:
• Support Policy colleagues on a range of tasks including policy monitoring and producing policy alerts, reports, briefings, publications and weekly newsletters;
• Support our Policy Assistant on the delivery of our information services and the European Parliament Liaison officer on engagement with the European Parliament;
• Work with the Events Team to organise a number of policy and cultural events and Ministerial visits to Brussels and support the smooth running and execution of conferences organised by external clients in the Scotland House Conference Centre, which will on occasion entail working in the early evening;
• Assist Senior Managers and Policy staff within the office with a range of administrative tasks including some diary and travel management;
• Management of the Scotland House reception desk;
• Support the team in managing the content of the Scottish Government and Scotland Europa websites, including social media accounts.
The intern posts will involve contact with the EU Institutions and the UK Permanent Representation to the EU (“UKRep”) as well as the representations of other EU Member States and Regions.
In addition to these core responsibilities, a certain degree of flexibility is inherent in the role depending on changing policy priorities, as well as the personal skills and interests of the successful candidates.
• Candidates should possess a University Degree
In your cover letter, you should demonstrate that you have:
• a keen interest in EU / European Policy and an understanding of the EU institutions and processes;
• a good knowledge of Scottish affairs and interest in promoting Scotland’s reputation internationally;
• strong communication and interpersonal skills;
• language abilities (preferably French);
• strong team working skills;
• relevant academic / work / voluntary experience;
• Good research, writing and strong IT skills including use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and social media.
The internship programme will begin on Monday 28 August 2017. It is expected that the successful candidates will start with a week’s training in Glasgow/Edinburgh before travelling out to Brussels. Please note that these travel costs will not be covered by Scotland House.
The application should consist of a CV with a 1 page motivation letter. The letter should clearly outline your ambition and how the internship would contribute towards your long term career aspirations. Applications should be submitted by email to: Janet.Thompson@gov.scot
All applications must be submitted, by email, by 17:00 CET on Friday 09 June 2017.
Following examination of all applications received, a shortlist will be drawn up based on the criteria outlined in the post specifications above. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take an interview in Edinburgh or Brussels, with a short written exercise during the week commencing 03 July 2017.
The three successful candidates who best match the internship profile will be selected for the posts.