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EU Policy and Events Intern

  • Scotland House Brussels
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: June 24, 2024
  • Scotland House Brussels
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: June 24, 2024
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Scotland House Brussels’ internship programme offers a recent graduate the opportunity to gain professional experience in Brussels, completing an 11-month internship running from the beginning of September 2024 until the end of July 2025. The intern will provide support to the Scottish Government and Scotland Europa across a range of policy, events, and administrative tasks.


Scotland House Brussels is the centre of Scotland’s engagement with the EU and wider European and international partners in Brussels. It brings together the Scottish Government’s EU Directorate and Scotland Europa, a membership organisation and part of Scottish Enterprise. We are an integrated operation, drawing on expertise and experience from across Scotland and providing services to support Scotland’s economic and diplomatic interests at EU level, underpinned by a rich programme of cultural promotion, and policy events. Scotland House Brussels plays a key part in contributing to Scotland’s European and international work. We are committed to working collaboratively with our EU partners to promote and develop Scotland’s relationships and networks. Our aim is to develop and deliver mutually beneficial outcomes, policies, and programmes in pursuit of our shared objectives.


Scottish Government EU Office: which ensures that Scotland’s interests, expertise and ambition are understood by European Institutions, its Member States and other subnational governments. The Brussels-based staff, in collaboration with policy leads in Scotland, provide support to Scottish Ministers and senior officials travelling to Brussels to participate in events and other programmes of EU engagement. The office monitors EU policy developments and actively engages with representatives from the EU institutions, UK counterparts and stakeholders in all areas of EU competence.

Scotland Europa: a membership-based organisation that promotes Scotland’s interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe’s regions and Member States. Scotland Europa membership brings together a wide range of Scottish organisations, including public authorities, universities and research institutes, local government, and voluntary organisations. This diverse partnership gives us a variety of perspectives on Scottish interests in Europe and an influential voice in European affairs. Scotland Europa is also a part of Scottish Enterprise – Scotland’s main economic, enterprise, innovation, and investment agency.

Further information about Scotland House can be found at:


The main duties and responsibilities of the intern will involve:

  • Support colleagues on a range of policy and research tasks including horizon scanning of upcoming EU policy and producing policy alerts, reports, briefings and publications;

  • Assist with the organisation of our core annual programme of events, as well as supporting delivery of other events hosted in the Scotland House Conference Centre, both online and in person;

  • Attend external meetings (online and in person) to provide reports and updates to colleagues;

  • Assist in organising Ministerial and senior stakeholder visits to Brussels and engagement with the EU Institutions and Brussels-based networks and partners;

  • Support the team (including the Senior Management Team) on a range of wider administrative tasks;

  • Support the communications team in managing the content of the Scotland House websites and social media accounts.

The intern will also have the opportunity to engage with SHB wider contacts in Brussels and Scotland, including Scotland Europa members, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Government staff, and participate in all-staff learning and development activities.

In addition to these core responsibilities, a certain degree of flexibility is inherent in the role depending on changing policy priorities, as well as the personal skills and interests of the successful candidate.


  • University degree;

  • Relevant academic/work/voluntary experience;

  • Fluent level of English;

  • A keen interest in EU/European policy and an understanding of the EU institutions and processes;

  • A good knowledge of Scottish affairs and interest in promoting Scotland’s reputation internationally;

  • A desire to work for Scotland in an EU/international context;

  • Strong communication, interpersonal and team working skills;

  • Good research, writing and strong IT skills including use of Microsoft Office and social media.


  • Good level of French is desirable.


  • This is a full-time professional immersion traineeship with a duration of 11 months, 38h/5 working days a week with a salary of 1,300 EUR gross, meal vouchers, and reimbursement of public transport costs, starting at the beginning of September 2024;

  • The position is based in Scotland House Brussels and will sometimes require attendance at evening events and out of hours working;

  • Please note that candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Belgium and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the duration of the contract;

  • Successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance through the Scottish Government.


All applications must be submitted, by email to by 10:00 (CET) on Monday 24 June and should consist of one word or pdf document with your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation to apply for the role based on the criteria listed above.

Following examination of all applications received, a shortlist will be drawn up based on the criteria outlined in the post specifications above. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, in-person or online, on 10-11 July, and will be asked to complete a short-written exercise ahead of the interview.

The successful candidates will be expected to start at the beginning of September for a period of 11 months, ending in July 2025.
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