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Climate Justice and Energy Program Intern, Friends of the Earth Europe – Belgium

Organization: Friends of the Earth Europe

Position Title: Climate Justice and Energy Program Intern

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates and compensation: Start date: 1 September 2015;

  • A great learning experience in a highly motivating working environment
  • Opportunity to gain understanding on how the EU works and how an environmental NGO can achieve change
  • The opportunity to contribute to an international NGO with its office located in an environmentally friendly building with many other NGOs (Mundo-B)
  • 5 days/week, 38 hour working week, compensation days for weekends/public holidays worked
  • A monthly contribution to living costs of € 800

Application Deadline: July 5th 2015

Description: This is a unique opportunity to learn and work alongside our climate justice and energy team to help influence the EU to take up its responsibility to fight climate change, and to help bring people’s voices to decision-makers.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to do an internship with our international Friends of the Earth Europe team. The intern position is based in Brussels, 5 days a week, and runs for four months from September until December 2015. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and contribute to campaigning with a NGO working at EU level – part of a vibrant European and international network.

Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. It unites more than 31 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International.


Support Brussels advocacy work on the essential role and benefits of good governance to a clean energy future and how to best achieve an ambitious implementation of the EU target on renewables. Outreach to our European member groups, editing and support for policy papers and activities in Brussels

Support in preparation, implementation and evaluation of one European wide climate campaigner meeting in October 2015 with about 40 people from the Friends of the Earth network

Production of the monthly update of our European campaigns within the network

Support for media stunts and campaign actions in Brussels

Help with contacting Friends of the Earth groups to share information

Supporting the team in their ongoing work regarding in the Energy Efficiency and Community power campaigns, mobilization before, during and after the Paris climate negotiations

Supporting the climate team in its fundraising and operational tasks

Social media outreach support


Good networking and communications skills, willingness to liaise with national and local groups across Europe

Logistical, problem solving skills and creativity

Fluency in English

Able to work in a team and independently with people from different cultural backgrounds

Able to occasionally travel abroad and during  weekends

Commitment to the values, vision and mission of Friends of the Earth

Flexibility, ability to improvise and multi-tasking skills

Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise workloads

Educated to degree standard


Knowledge of climate justice, renewables and energy efficiency topics

Experience in campaign organising and/or activist background

Experience in NGO work and/or volunteering. Experience with Friends of the Earth network or one of our allies is a plus point.

Social media campaigning experience

Project management experience, preferably working internationally

Creativity and sense of humor

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying for the internship in the Climate Justice and Energy Programme please send your CV and a cover letter to [email protected] by midnight on 5th of July 2015.

Your letter of motivation should highlight how your skills and experience are well-suited to the exact requirements of this position and what learning expectations you have.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by 9th July. (Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.)

Phone interviews will take place on 14th and 15th of July.

The Friends of the Earth Europe climate justice and energy team is looking forward to your application.

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