EU Aarhus Centre Internship Programme
ClientEarth founded the EU Aarhus Centre in Brussels. The Centre’s activities aiming at ensuring the compliance of the EU and its institutions with the Aarhus Convention are structured around four main streams: (1) ensuring a transparency framework through progressive EU legislations integrating Aarhus principles; (2) pursuing legal and institutional advocacy to change institutions behaviour and practice towards Aarhus rights; (3) assisting civil society organizations and individual citizens with their requests for documents, participation in decision making and access to EU Courts and (4) organizing events, trainings and disseminating information about Aarhus rights to stakeholders.
The internship is focused primarily in supporting the work undertaken across the EU by our EU Aarhus Centre team. The intern will be an integral member of the team and will conduct legal and policy research, will assist with communications, funding applications and reporting.
More broadly, you will join our staff in regular learning and development events, and be given full support in developing the skills needed to thrive in a professional environment. You will have the opportunity to tailor your drafting skills for a variety of audiences, and receive regular and constructive feedback/guidance on your work.
Please download the full Internship Description and Person Specification here.
The internship is paid according to the Belgian legal framework of “Convention d’Immersion Professionelle”.
We ask that interns commit to this internship on a full time basis (37.5 hours per week). However, when this is not possible, a minimum of 3 days per week for at least 5 months commitment is required for the specific role.
• Legal research;
• Reviewing legal cases and providing case summaries and legal updates to the team;
• Helping draft ClientEarth legal briefings and other external facing materials;
• Helping to foster effective relationships with key partners (for example in the European Parliament, Member States, industry, other NGOs), including preparing presentations on relevant legal issues and providing legal research capacity;
• Monitoring political developments at EU, international and national levels in the development of the legislative framework implementing the Aarhus Convention and which are relevant to the work of the team;
• Producing briefing notes for staff on the basis of guided but independent research;
• Coordinate with the Communications team to maintain relevant web pages, as well as to disseminate timely updates via blogs, press releases and social media outlets
• Liaise with external partners, organisations and individuals as required by the projects within the Aarhus team
• Edit, format and proof-read documents.
• Although you will be mainly supporting the work of this specific programme you might be required occasionally to provide ad hoc support to other programmes or organisational processes
Please send us your CV along with the completed internship form which you can download here.
We also ask that you complete the equality monitoring form which you can download here, and return it along with your application. This form will be separated from your application and will only be used for monitoring purposes by ClientEarth’s HR team.
Please include “EU Aarhus Centre intern – Brussels” in the email subject line, and identify the documents you are sending by including “[your name] internship form” and “[your name] CV” in the file name. Please don’t put your name on the equality monitoring form.
Please send your application by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close on 13 May 2016.
The internship will begin as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katerina Iordanopoulou, Human Resources and Administration Officer, at email@example.com
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