Intern (EU Policy)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Brussels, , BE

About the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

Please note that an EU work permit is an essential requirement for this position.

The internship is a 6 month position with no financial remuneration. A daily allowance for meals as well as a monthly public transport ticket will be reimbursed.

As there are two internship vacancies announced simultaneously, applicants are required to apply for one vacancy only; depending on which one suits their interest and profile best.


The IUCN Brussels team is looking for a highly motivated intern for a period of 6 months to provide support to the policy work of the office. Under the supervision of the IUCN European Senior Policy Manager, the intern will assists in the implementation of IUCN EURO’s work programme, supporting the activity related to European Policy. The intern will also support the organization of meetings and events internally and in collaboration with the EU Institutions (mainly the European Commission and the European Parliament), as well as external communication activities of the office related to EU policy.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:
• General support to the activities of the Senior Policy Manager, including some project and policy related activities.
• Conduct (online) research on EU policies and processes related to nature conservation and sustainable development (e.g. search for upcoming events & policy calendars, research background information, EC consultations etc.);
• Assisting in the development and circulation of the bi-weekly “Policy EUpdate” newsletter;
• Assist in the IUCN’s European marine policy work, in particular supporting the actions related with EU and international debates about marine plastic litter, including the preparation of briefings and communication material, and support in the organization of meetings and related events;
• Support in the relations and organization of meetings of the IUCN European Policy Advisory Group, the internal IUCN support group for EU policy work;
• Attend meetings and conferences and reporting on the outcomes;
• Organize events and meetings, including speaker liaison, logistics and onsite support;
• Produce communications materials such as newsletters, webstories, articles, brochures, fact sheets etc) related to EU policy;
• Assist in preparing speeches, PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics related to IUCNs mission;
• Assist in the liaison with EU institutions, members and partners;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, contracts, financial reports, and logistics for meetings).
  • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European environmental policies, in particular marine and circular economy policies;

• (Studying towards) a relevant University degree with a focus environmental policy, marine policy, sustainable economy, international relations – or other discipline relevant to nature conservation, sustainable development or international policy;

• Excellent level of written and spoken English, other languages are an asset;

• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills;

• Strong writing skills and IT literate: MS Office;

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;

• EU National or holder of an EU work permit.


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.