The EU Affairs Office is offering an internship for a young Salvationist* to join its team in Brussels for a      placement of 6-12 months. This can be as part of relevant university internship programme, or a Salvation Army placement programme, for example a gap year or volunteer opportunity. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the workings of the European Union, to meet and work with other European level NGOs, to work on issues of migration, social justice, human-trafficking and Roma inclusion, and will give overall support the work of the EU Affairs Office, including developing the external communications, writing reports and supporting the organisation of events. 

*Other people who sympathize with the values of The Salvation Army may apply

The programme – what the intern will learn/ do.

Tasks/ projects 

  • Monitor EU policy on Roma inclusion, migration and human trafficking
  • Assist writing reports and articles for the website and newsletter
  • Assist organising events
  • Develop and regularly update the website
  • Research EU funding opportunities for The Salvation Army
  • Maintain the Facebook page for the EU Affairs Office
  • Support the overall work of the EU Affairs Office
  • Regular involvement in one of the Salvation Army’s Belgian social centres/ Corps

What the intern will gain

  • Interns will get the opportunity to develop their professional skills and solid work experience in the NGO/ non-profit sector with a European orientation
  • The intern will learn more about the European advocacy work of The Salvation Army, and have to opportunity to learn more about specific social policy areas
  • Interns will be exposed to a unique experience in the EU world of Brussels, working alongside other major international NGOs and the European institutions
  • Interns will get to live in heart of Europe, the Belgian capital city of Brussels, in an international and dynamic environment.
  • The intern will be connected and engage with a local Corps and the community life.
  • The intern will be able to explore the Biblical concepts of social justice in a practical way.

The practicalities

Duration: minimum 6 months – max 1 year. The intern should specify on the application form how long they would like the internship to last.

Costs: Accommodation will be provided by The EU Office/ Belgian Salvation Army (where necessary). Travel costs and living expenses are the responsibility of the sending territory or of the individual or if the Territory is unable to contribute financially, alternative funding possibilities are available (see below). Monthly expenses are estimated be around 300-500 Euros/month.

Who should apply?

  • Students enrolled in a university course via the university’s internship programme
  • A young person as part of a Salvation Army volunteer placement programme
  • A young person wishing to volunteer who is self-financed (or European Voluntary Service)

The interested applicant should have an interest in European affairs or international politics, issues of social justice/ poverty and an interest in the work of The Salvation Army.  The candidate should have good organisational and writing skills, and ideally should have some experience with communications, including social media. The interested applicant should have a minimum of 18 years of age, with a good working level of English. If this is part of an official Salvation Army placement programme, he or she must have a written nomination from their home Territory confirming their suitability and that relevant funding is in place (to cover the applicant’s travel and living expenses) for the duration of their internship. If this internship is part of university studies, the applicant should state this on the application form and send the relevant documentation. Selection will be based on nomination from your Territory (where relevant) and a completed application form, CV and an interview (Skype/ telephone is possible).

How to apply

Please email policy officer Vera Nygard to request an application form

Funding options

Funding could come from one or multiple sources for example:

  • Official  university placement programme (Erasmus+)
  • Sponsorship from the Territory (Territorial placement programme)
  • Sponsorship from local Corps/ fundraising activities
  • Funding from applicant’s own personal means
  • EVS (European Voluntary Service) – accreditation required by sending and receiving organisations
  • Private foundations or national government internship/ volunteer schemes

See here for more on funding ideas 

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