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Internship at the Secretariat of

(Update 13 October: We are no longer accepting applications for this opening. Thank you for your interest in!) – The EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism is looking for a Programmes Intern, based at the Secretariat’s office in Brussels. This is an exciting opportunity to gain real experience and learning in a multicultural and dynamic team. The intern will  provide support to the Programme and Administrative teams, under the overall supervision of the Head of Secretariat. During your internship, you will have the chance to apply your knowledge and skills to enhance the protection of human rights defenders worldwide.

Do you want to join us? Please send your CV and cover letter (please include information about your availability) by 25 October 2020 by email at with the subject : ‘Programme Internship’. Early applications are encouraged, as the position might be filled before the deadline!

Read here the full internship description.


The intern will carry out a variety of tasks related to the purposes of the EU HRD Mechanism coordination and implementation, which will provide an opportunity for learning and achieving relevant work experience in the field of human rights at global and EU levels both from a programmatic and an administrative perspective.

Tasks & General Responsibilities:

• Carry out first screening of  applications received;
• Prepare summaries of applications;
• Support in follow up and monitoring processes;
• Support in communication with different actors, including applicants, partners and other stakeholders in relation to the  programmes;
• Prepare various data for analysis and maintain up-to-date information within related folders and database;
• Participate in meetings, preparing summary and briefing notes;
• Ad hoc translation support;
• Provide  support for the organisation of activities and events;
• Support in the management of contact mailboxes;
• Support for updating the website and social media;
• Administration support including but not limited to:

  • Entering and coding accounting data (scanning and filing)
  • Assisting with resolving of accounting issues (contacting suppliers for documents, resolving open entries in bookkeeping)
  • Assisting with the financial reporting (EU expenditure verification)
  • Supporting the move of payroll data
  • Organizing of the server and physical administrative files through support towards systematization procedures (including historical data)



• Studies (master’s degree) in law, international relations, social sciences or related field or recent graduate.
• Experience in human rights would be an asset, especially with a local human rights organisation on the ground.
• Knowledge of EU institutions, UN procedures and regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights would be an asset.
• Good drafting and editing skills. Social media and website skills are an asset
• Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information.
• Ability to adapt to multidisciplinary work in the environment of a multicultural team.
• Fluency in English and French, oral and written.
• Fluency in Spanish, Arabic, or Russian would be an asset.


• Committed to the defense of human rights
• Proactive
• Good interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
• Detail-oriented


• Preferred starting date: As soon as possible. Ideally 15 October.
• Duration: Six months, with possibility of extension up to 12 months
• Conditions: Following CIP or University agreement
• The candidate needs to have permission to do an internship in Belgium.


Please send your CV and cover letter (please include information about your availability) before the 25th of October 2020 by email at with the subject: ‘Programme Internship’.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Early applications are encouraged as the vacancy can be filled before the deadline.

Interviews will be held in our office in Brussels or via Skype.