Policy Intern

Deadline for application: 
01 Feb 2015
Open Society Foundation
Job type: 

Start Date:  March 2015
Duration: Six months
Location: Brussels

The Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) is the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations. We work to foster open societies inside and outside Europe by leveraging the EU’s policies, legislation, funding, and political influence.

The institute brings into EU policy debates evidence, argument, and recommendations drawn from the work of the Open Society Foundations in more than 100 countries.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, and women’s rights. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations. 

Job Profile

OSEPI is currently looking for an intern to start in March 2015. The internship is for six months and interns receive monthly remuneration if not already enrolled in a scholarship programme or receiving a grant.

The intern’s main tasks will be related to providing support to the work of OSEPI on EU’s foreign policy, especially in the following areas: Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the EU’s position on the use of armed drones and targeted killings. The intern will also be asked to complete tasks in other areas as required. The successful candidate will work at OSEPI’s office in Brussels under the supervision of the senior policy analyst for EU external relations.

The policy intern will provide support in the following areas:

  • monitoring of EU policies and news in specific areas
  • preparing briefing notes, meeting reports, and other factual and analytical documents
  • attending relevant meetings at EU institutions, organizations, and other internal and external events/conferences
  • assisting with desk research on specific areas
  • organizing and setting up meetings: logistics and administration
  • assisting with forward planning/rolling advocacy calendar
  • updating the contacts databases
  • performing other related duties as required


  • master’s-level degree, or equivalent experience in the field of international affairs, EU studies, international law, conflict studies, or human rights
  • specialization, through studies or experience, in one of the following topics: international humanitarian and human rights law (especially as applicable to the use of armed drones and targeted killings); Middle East; Central Asia; or Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • good understanding of EU processes and policy instruments, especially as regards EU foreign relations
  • human rights experience is an asset
  • experience within an NGO or international organization is desirable
  • interest in the activities of OSEPI and the Open Society Foundations
  • computer literacy, with a good knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office
  • good writing skills
  • experience in coordinating and facilitating meetings is an asset
  • fluent spoken and written English essential; knowledge of French, German, and other EU languages an asset
  • attention to detail, good communication, and interpersonal skills required

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Application Instructions

Please complete and return the application form by email to Pearly Raynal at osepi@opensocietyfoundations.org. Include “POLICY INTERNSHIP 012015” in the subject line. Applications by fax or CVs will not be accepted.

To Apply

Application Deadline:
February 1, 2015

For more details visit Open Society Foundation's website.

This project is funded by: