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Vacancy: VSE is looking for a new intern!

By June 8, 2020News

Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading Europe-wide umbrella organisation for victims of crime. It is a dynamic organisation, going through an exciting period of expansion and development. It currently consists of 60 organisations from 30 countries. VSE advocates on behalf of victims, to make sure that throughout Europe all victims’ needs are respected and their rights recognised. The organisation aims to ensure that every victim of crime in Europe is able to access information and support services in the aftermath of crime, regardless of where the victim lives or where the crime took place. 

VSE is currently looking for a full time Policy Intern. The position will run for 6 months, starting ideally 15 July 2020. The key candidate will be highly organised, have good drafting skills and have a pro-active and dynamic approach to work with the ability to solve problems and create solutions using their own initiative. A knowledge of victims’ rights and issues and experience at the EU level will be an advantage.

The Policy Intern will report directly to the Executive Director whilst working closely with the other staff members. The post will be based in our head office in Brussels but travel in Europe may occasionally be required. The position will be carried out by remote working for as long as this is required or expedient during the coronavirus crisis.

Key responsibilities:

  • Carry out research on various issues related to victims’ rights such as cybercrime, terrorism, hate crime, implementation of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive etc.;
  • Assist in the development of policy guidance, recommendations and expert advice on victims’ rights, needs and services;
  • Support VSE’s advocacy work by conducting research and drafting briefing notes;
  • Screen EU funding opportunities;
  • Support VSE’s communication work;
  • Attend relevant meetings, including in the EU institutions, and report back to colleagues and members.

Skills & Experience:

  • A University Degree in victimology, international relations, law, human rights, or other relevant subject;
  • Strong research, analysis and drafting skills;
  • A good knowledge of the EU institutional structures and competencies;
  • Previous work experience in the NGO or victims’ sector is an advantage;
  • Knowledge or experience in victims’ rights and issues an advantage;
  • Fluent oral and written skills in English, knowledge of another EU language is an advantage;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team;
  • Good command of MS Office tools;

Terms of the contract:

The position is based in VSE’s head office in Brussels. Applicants must have the legal right to work in the EU. VSE cannot assist non-EU Nationals to obtain a work permit or help with relocation costs. The selected candidate will be offered a Belgian Convention d’immersion professionnelle (CIP) (38 hours/week) subject to a payment of €900 gross per month. VSE grants our interns up to six days of extra-legal paid leave during the internship.

Desired starting date of assignment: 15 July 2020.

How to apply?

Send your completed application form and your CV by email at noting “VSE Internship 2020” in the subject line, by 17:00 CET on Friday 19 June 2020. Incomplete application will not be considered.

Download the application form here.

Interviews will take place in the last week of June 2020. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


By sending your application you agree that VSE processes and stores your personal data for the purpose of this recruitment process. You are entitled to ask VSE to erase your data at any time. VSE retains personal data for the period of maximum of two years following the end of the application period, unless you opt out of this data retention period, which can be done at any time.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace which is why people from communities that experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, (cultural) background, people with disabilities, and LGBTIQ+ people are welcomed to apply.

A social media background check can be a part of the selection procedure.

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