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Project Assistant (m/f)

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies - the political foundation/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 Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is looking for a dynamic, motivated and innovative individual to fill the full-time position of Project Officer, based in Brussels.

Established under the EU Regulation (EC) No. 1524/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, 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 Martens Centre is currently looking for a dynamic, motivated and innovative individual with academic credentials to fill the position of Project Assistant, based in Brussels. The Project Assistant is a full-time position, with a permanent contract under Belgian law.

Key responsibilities:

  • Management and organisation of joint activities with Martens Centre member foundations;
  • Overseeing, recording and updating the budget for joint activities with member foundations;
  • Financial and regulatory compliance monitoring;
  • Active co-operation with the Martens Centre research department in planning activities;
  • Active co-operation with the Martens Centre communication department in disseminating information on joint activities with the member foundations through the website and social media;   
  • Assisting in the development of the Martens Centre publications;
  • Familiarity with the topic of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe will be considered an advantage;
  • Planning and management of seminars;
  • Contributing to the development of the academic policy journal of the Martens Centre, the European View;
  • Contributing to online initiatives of the Martens Centre

Candidate requirements:

  • University degree in political science, social science, law, economics or any related disciplines;
  • Fluency in English, with proven writing skills; knowledge of additional languages is welcome;
  • Experience in bookkeeping and accounting will be considered a strong asset;
  • Excellent analytical as well as organisational skills;
  • Good knowledge of European and international politics as well as 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, to deliver on short notice and to multitask;
  • Availability to travel on short notice is an asset.

Submission of application:

Applicants should forward a detailed CV and a cover letter by e-mail to to the attention of Tomi Huhtanen, Executive Director of the Martens Centre, by 8 February 2017.  When applying, please mention “Project Assistant” in the subject-line of the email message. 

Internship (m/f)

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies offers internships of three to six months for university graduates and young 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 young 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 young 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.

Interested applicants should forward a detailed CV and a cover letter by e-mail at to the attention of Tomi Huhtanen, Director. When applying, please mention in the subject-line of the email message “Internship”.

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