Join the Team.

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the official political think tank of the European People’s Party (EPP, the largest European-level political party of the centre-right), conducts activities on a wide range of policy-oriented, EU-related issues. The Martens Centre is an organisation that offers the unique opportunity to join an energetic team which lays the groundwork for the foundation’s ambitious plan of action. The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is looking for dynamic, motivated and innovative individuals to fill the following openings: 

Visiting Fellow (m/f)

This is a six-months, non-renewable, Brussels-based, full-time position for candidates with academic credentials and expertise and interest in one of the following topics:

  • The political economy of the middle classes
  • Economic and Monetary Union
  • EU federalism and subsidiarity
  • European/EU identity
  • European Defence Union
  • EU immigration and asylum policies
  • Environmental and energy policies

Key responsibilities:

  • Developing at least one major research project reflecting your interests and competence
  • Improving the quality of the research and studies of the Centre in accordance with academic standards
  • Assisting in building a network of experts (scholars, analysts, policymakers) and enhancing the standing of the Centre within the academic and research community
  • Assisting in planning and structuring future research projects as well as the Centre’s in-house research projects
  • Active involvement and participation in the communication of the results of research projects
  • Conceptualisation of high-impact events, workshops and initiatives to increase visibility, recognition and influence of the Centre


  • Assisting in the management and organisation of the joint activities together with the Member Foundations
  • Contributing to the development of the academic policy journal of the Centre, European View
  • Assisting in the development of the Martens Centre publications
  • Compiling databases and collecting relevant publications and studies from all areas of European politics
  • Planning and management of the Seminars
  • Contributing to the Martens Centre online initiatives
  • Monitoring political developments in Europe and analysing data, relevant publications and studies for further use in the research of the Centre

Candidate requirements:

  • University degree in political science, social sciences, law, economics or related disciplines
  • Post-graduate level fluency in English, with proven writing skills; knowledge of additional languages is welcome
  • Excellent analytical as well as organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of European and international politics and familiarity with the history and the tradition of the Christian Democrat, Conservative and like-minded political parties of the EPP family
  • Committed and flexible team player, able to work in a multi-national environment
  • Preference will be given to the applicants familiar with the Martens Centre Research work and/or activities of the Martens Centre with its Member foundations



General Internship (m/f)

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies offers internships of three to six months for university graduates and early-stage researchers from Europe and world-wide. The internship programme is intended to provide the trainees with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European affairs and to have close insights into the daily work of the European institutions in Brussels.

Therefore, it constitutes an excellent experience for graduates aspiring to pursue a career in the area of European politics and related fields. The added value of an internship with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is the possibility to be involved in political activities and in the creation of new policy concepts at the European level. As the Centre is a young and evolving organization, the traineeship gives a unique opportunity for the trainees to test their capacities and to see their ideas have a real impact in a dynamic environment.

The internship is focused on immersing the successful candidates in the short-term and long-term policy research and other activities of the Centre: organizing meetings and conferences, preparing reports and analysis, editing publications including the European View, updating the website, blog and databases, communicating with the European People’s Party in policy research and other activities, and liaising with officials from the European Institutions.

The programme is open to all graduates with an academic background in European affairs and related fields holding a university degree, fluent in English, fully computer and internet literate and with good knowledge of European politics. Additional educational qualifications, experience in policy research in policy research and adequate knowledge of one or two more languages are considered assets.

Internships are remunerated on a level comparable to the internship programmes offered at the European institutions. There is no application deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis and internships are granted depending on demand throughout the year.

For all positions mentioned on this page, interested applicants should forward a detailed CV and a cover letter by email at When applying, please mention in the subject line of the email the exact name of the position applied for, as mentioned in the call for applications. 

Please note that for all of the positions advertised above and due to the high number of applications we receive, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted.