Communications Intern

European Climate Foundation
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Aug 25

Position description

About the European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. The foundation works through several sectoral, cross-cutting and regional initiatives and collaborates with a wide network of grantees and partners to advance progress towards this shared goal.

The ECF’s Strategic Communications Team is the outreach unit of the foundation. The team acts as a centre of expertise on climate communications and seeks to help create more political, media and public endorsement for action on climate change at an international, European and sectoral level. The team delivers strategic advice, communications and outreach services to ECF programmes and grantees and helps build strategic communications capacity in the wider climate community.

The ECF team is a highly dynamic group of individuals, combining ambition and passion with a rigorous, results-oriented and analytic approach to work. The ECF’s culture is one of intensity, enthusiasm and mutual support.

Summary of the role

The ECF’s Strategic Communications Team currently accepts applications for an enthusiastic and highly driven individual to join its Brussels team as “Communications Intern” and gain professional experience in strategic climate communications.

This role is an exciting opportunity for graduate/young professional with a sincere interest in climate and energy issues to engage and play an active role in helping speed up the low carbon transition in Europe.

Duties and responsibilities

The Communications Intern will be responsible for:

  • Working with the team to support the communications-and media needs of the ECF, its programmes, grantees and the wider climate community;
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of outreach strategies that help build political, media and public endorsement for action on climate change at international, national and sectoral level;
  • Making full use of new media tools to disseminate messages and raise awareness of ECF-supported initatives and outputs;
  • Monitoring the news agenda and public debates;
  • Maintenance and development of in-house media-and outreach databases;
  • Planning and coordinating conferences and events;
  • Other ad hoc outreach, research and administrative tasks.


  • A genuine interest in the mission and values of the ECF;
  • Fast-learning self-starter comfortable to work in a fast-paced international environment;
  • Professional experience or academic background in the fields of communications, public relations, energy or environmental issues or EU/international affairs;
  • Media-savvy with proven experience in writing/editing;
  • Up to speed with online communication tools and social media;
  • Enthusiasm to help frame public and media debates around the issue of climate change;
  • Superior English language skills, both written and verbal; knowledge of other EU languages welcome;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Appreciation of the vital role of administrative tasks.

What we can offer you

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with ambition and a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
  • On-the-job mentoring and a space to develop and challenge yourself;
  • Introductions to the ECF’s vast network of stakeholders in the climate-and energy field;
  • A 6-months fixed term contract;
  • A salary in line with internships in the EU institutions.

Application instructions

Please send your CV and a short cover letter in English.

Please, indicate ´Recruitment – Communications Intern´ in the Subject line. Candidates need to be in the possession of a work permit for the work location in case applicable. Telephone calls will not be forwarded to the recruitment team. Due to the high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated confidentially.

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