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Sustainability – Public Affairs – Trainee Consultant

  • Acumen Public Affairs
Brussels, Belgium
  • Acumen Public Affairs
Brussels, Belgium


To apply for this position, please submit your application (both cover letter and resume) online:

Candidates who have a profile matching what we are looking for will then be contacted for an interview.


We are currently looking for a Trainee Consultant to join our Sustainability Team as of September 2024. The role includes daily monitoring of various issues (legislative and non-legislative), conducting background research, drafting newsletters and policy briefings and providing overall support to more senior staff members.


  • EU national or work permit holder as the traineeship is in Brussels, Belgium;

  • Experience gained through previous internship(s) in policy areas related to sustainability (i.e. agriculture, food, transport, energy and environment). Candidates without experience in these sectors will not be considered;

  • Perfect command of English; additional language skills an asset – ideally German or French;

  • Knowledge of the EU institutions and legislative processes;

  • Strong planning skills;

  • Advanced research and writing skills, including the ability to summarise issues quickly and accurately;

  • Ability to work in a team, whilst at the same time carrying out own tasks independently and to agreed deadlines;

  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, ability to work under tight deadlines in an international environment;

  • Knowledge of current developments and trends affecting Acumen and its clients’ businesses;

  • Proficient with IT and new media tools.


  • Previous experience/traineeship in one of the European Institutions;

  • Good demonstrated command of social media – experience in organising social media campaigns;

  • Experience in media relations – speaking and pitching to journalists, drafting press releases and/ or opinion pieces;

  • Understanding of the civil society environment in Brussels.


  • A six-month paid traineeship, with opportunities for a long-term contract after the traineeship period. 90% of our trainees get a consultant contract after their traineeship;

  • A fantastic work environment;

  • Training opportunities;

  • Opportunities to broaden your network, expand your knowledge and expertise in various sustainability-related topics and fast-track your career.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of topics and assignments spanning across a unique client portfolio.

Starting date: September 2024


At Acumen we have built a culture to meaningfully shape policy and deliver impact that lasts. We bring more than experienced counsel and a winning record to the table. We pride ourselves in being the kind of advisers clients want at their side during their most complex, difficult decisions. We delight in what we do and look after our clients.

We are always looking for talent to contribute to our purpose. And as our people can attest and the awards show, we are a great and a meaningful place to work.

We look forward to meeting you!

For more interesting opportunities within our company, please see our website:
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