RAND Europe

Trainee EU policy making and policy research (Brussels)

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Position Summary

Trainee – Brussels Office

Starting date: April 2018

Duration: 9 months

Remuneration: €1,200 gross per month


We are currently looking for a Trainee to work in our Brussels office. RAND Europe is a not-for-profit, public policy research institution committed to improving public decision-making and informing the public debate through research and analysis. It is part of the globally operating RAND Corporation, known for the independence, objectiveness and quality of its research for over 65 years. Our Brussels office hosts 6 members of staff and is primarily involved in research, business development and outreach for the EU institutions and other Brussels based organisations.


The traineeship is designed to offer exposure to the various activities of a policy research institute, with a focus on its EU activities. The assignment is an ideal transition for recent university graduates into the practical insights of EU policy making and policy research. This experience will provide valuable insights and useful contacts for later in your career.


Trainees will benefit from a comprehensive induction, 1-2-1 development meetings with senior colleagues, access to our training programme, mentoring and the opportunity to visit our Cambridge office.



Key Responsibilities

As a trainee, you are expected to support research staff in preparing research proposals (policy backgrounds on various topics), conducting desk research, monitoring and reporting on EU policy debates, attending and reporting on workshops, generally facilitating RAND Europe’s outreach in Brussels, maintain and help manage the office, and provide reception to guests.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

Trainee should have an outstanding academic record (Master’s degree or equivalent) and proven writing skills, a keen interest in (policy) research and familiarity with basic research principles. Knowledge of EU policy making is a must. The role is ideally suited to a recent graduate who has completed a traineeship at an EU institution, although we equally welcome applicants with work experience looking to make a transition to policy research. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with particular interest/expertise in in innovation, health and science policies.


The ideal candidate is organised, willing to take initiative and a team player. He or she should be proficient in computer office applications (at least MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel).


Fluency in English is an absolute requirement. Proficiency in French and/or Dutch is an important asset.


How to apply
If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team please submit an application via the RAND Europe Recruitment. You will need to submit a CV and covering letter in English. Please also note that your CV and covering letter will need to be submitted as one document.
The closing date for this position is 28th February 2018


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