Policy and Advocacy Internship – IRC, Brussels, Belgium

Policy and Advocacy Internship

IRC – International Rescue Committee

Brussels, Belgium

International Rescue Committee Belgium represents the IRC’s global network in Belgium, leading on the IRC’s engagement with the EU institutions. Our priority is to ensure that EU policy and legislation meets the needs of those affected by conflict and disaster. We use IRC’s learning and experience to shape EU humanitarian, development and migration policies in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide, and to ensure that EU funding is targeted effectively.

The IRC is looking for a Policy and Advocacy Intern for the Brussels office.

Duration: 6 months, full-time internship, starting at short notice. Open to expatriates.

Intern duties

  • Assist with research on how the EU and EU Member States address humanitarian crises, migration, forced displacement, integration and other humanitarian/development issues in their external and internal policies;
  • Monitor and analyse the latest developments in the European Institutions, Member States and the media for relevant humanitarian aspects and ensure this information is shared with relevant colleagues;
  • Assist in formulating and disseminating advocacy and position papers, including by liaising with NGOs, networks, etc.;
  • Assist in the organisation of events, meetings and conferences, with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Assist with preparation and attend relevant meetings.


  • Graduate Degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations, Humanitarian Studies or a relevant field;
  • Good understanding of the functioning of the EU institutions and specifically of the EU’s external action and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
  • Knowledge about the issue of refugee protection, migration policies and humanitarian aid is highly desirable. Knowledge of refugee integration policy would be considered an asset;
  • Familiar with current debates on humanitarian and development issues in the EU and its relations with partner countries;
  • Strong research, analysis and reporting skills, with excellent writing skills and the ability to undertake research quickly and write under pressure;
  • Exceptional organisation skills, with a very good eye for detail when organising events, and a demonstrated ability to multi-task, plan ahead and keep track of tasks;
  • Strong communication skills, including excellent (spoken and written) English required, combined with workable French. Other EU languages an advantage;
  • Proactive and able to work well independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, challenging non-profit setting.


  • Master Degree in International Relations, Politics, Governance, Development, or in Public International Law.

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