Trainee – Brussels Office
Starting date: Summer 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 in Brussels: 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 70 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.
Job description: 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.
The trainee development programme: 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.
What you must be able to do for the job: 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. You will also be involved in supporting the coordination of research projects.
Most important skills – personal qualities 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 social policies. Interest in child and family policies is an asset.
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.