Intern - Communications and Nature-Based Solutions

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Brussels, Belgium

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th April, 2015

Job Description


• The IUCN Brussels team is looking for a highly motivated intern for a period of 6 months to provide support to 2 specific areas of the office’s activities: communications and the cooperation with local and regional governments for nature-based solutions.
• Under the supervision of the IUCN EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, the intern will support the work and projects related to nature-based solutions, urban biodiversity and ecosystem services and the development of partnerships with local and regional authorities in Europe and will keep a close eye on relevant EU policy developments.
• Under the supervision of the IUCN Brussels Communications Lead, the intern will support all internal and external communications activities of the office.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:

• Assist in the implementation of the World Environmental Hubs project, including the support with selected project tasks, the development of communication tools and materials, collaboration with experts and project partners and any other duties related to representing the project to a European audience;
• Assist in exploring opportunities and developing project proposals for IUCN to expand the cooperation with cities, local and regional governments for nature-based solutions and strengthen IUCN’s involvement in related networks and initiatives in Europe and internationally;
• Assist in preparing speeches, PowerPoint presentations and draft web stories on a variety of topics
• Organising and running events, including speaker liaison, logistics and onsite support
• Attend meetings and conferences and report on the outcomes;
• Assisting in the liaison with EU institutions;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, contracts, financial reports, and logistics for meetings).
• Producing communications materials in line with the communications strategy, both internal and external (newsletters, webstories, articles, brochures, fact sheets etc);
• Support online and social media activities; media monitoring; database management


• The internship provides a challenging and interesting opportunity to work in a dynamic international organisation and to gain work experience in the field of EU nature conservation policies and communications.
• For the internship there is no financial remuneration but a daily allowance for meals as well as a monthly public transport ticket will be reimbursed. Preferred starting date of the internship is 4 May 2015.


• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and basic understanding of European environmental policies and EU policy processes;  
• A relevant University degree (communication, political science, environmental science, natural resource management - or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation or sustainable development) or in the final stages of acquiring it;  
• Excellent level of written and spoken English (native speaker or equivalent), other languages an asset;  
• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills;  
• Strong writing and editing skills (articles, communications materials, fact sheets etc…) and ability to create and design engaging communication tools;  
• IT literate: MS Office, social media savvy; experience with website content management and database management would be an asset.  
• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;  
• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;  
• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;  
• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;  
• Holder of EU work permit.


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