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Communications Intern

  • Fern
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 21, 2024
  • Fern
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 21, 2024
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Fern is a European NGO with a global focus. We hold the EU to account for its impact on forests and the communities living in and around them, worldwide. We influence and improve EU policies, always informed by those on the ground. We are a small organisation spread between three offices (UK, France and Belgium) and we work horizontally, meaning we take decisions by consensus.

The communications team ensures that Fern’s research, policy proposals and campaign messages reach the right eyes and ears and make a difference. Fern showcases original research and videos highlighting the voices of communities in forested countries and the impact EU policies have on climate change and forests. Our material also explains the problem with deforestation-driven commodities (such as soy, palm oil, cocoa and beef); and monoculture plantations; and explores new ways to mitigate climate change such as close-to-nature forestry and forest restoration.

We constantly produce new content, but older content still remains relevant, and we don’t want all our previous products to get swept aside. We are therefore looking for an imaginative and creative intern who has an eye for design and is detail-oriented to join the team for six months, to help us find ways to transform our publications and videos into content that will reach the target audiences and implement the dissemination plans.


Exact tasks will be agreed by the successful intern and their Fern contact point, but indicative tasks could include:

  • Work with the team to disseminate new reports, publications and visual material;

  • Co-manage Fern’s website and social media pages;

  • Produce compelling visuals (e.g. using Canva);

  • Investigate ways to improve dissemination to reach new audiences and allies;

  • Support the development and dissemination of potential future videos;

  • Support the development of “Search Engine Optimised” content;

  • Support the production and dissemination of Fern’s Forest Watch newsletter;

  • Analyse and define target audiences;

  • Support meeting, webinar and event logistics;

  • Support campaigners with ad-hoc requests;

  • Support internal communications, office and administration tasks and investigate ways to improve Fern’s internal communications;

  • Learn how Fern works by reading our House Rules, annual reports and relevant publications and by participating in relevant internal meetings.


This is an exciting paid opportunity to get strong work experience in a campaigning organisation, learning how to market material to different audiences.

Fern will ensure you have a computer and desk to work from in one of our offices.

You will also get an overview of our campaign areas; the opportunity to join communications team meetings – with the chance to influence Fern’s communications – and other internal meetings to ensure you are introduced to our non-hierarchical structure; and support to get the most out of your time with us.



  • Relevant qualification or experience in a communications environment;

  • Interest in environmental or social justice issues;

  • A good eye for design;

  • Attention to detail;

  • A good understanding and experience of using social media.


  • Knowledge of any additional language;

  • Good writing and/or editing skills;

  • Knowledge of image editing or video editing software;

  • Knowledge of content management systems (Typo3 and/or Wordpress);

  • Knowledge of customer relationship management and email marketing systems (Hubspot and/or Mailchimp);

  • Minimum understanding of how the EU institutions work;


The start date will be discussed with the selected candidate but could begin as early as September 2024.

Fern has funding to pay €1040.40/month for this role and will also cover travel costs incurred during the internship.

This is a Brussels-based and full-time position. Candidates must be eligible for a Belgian Convention d'Immersion Professionnelle (CIP) contract.


To be considered, your application should contain:

Feel free to also include examples of social media visuals from your portfolio.


Please submit your application to by Sunday 21 July at 23:59 CEST.
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To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to:

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