Traineeship Vacancies at TEPSA: “Project Assistant” [Deadline Passed]

TEPSA is looking for two talented, skilled, and motivated young professionals for a remunerated 6 month traineeship in its Brussels office.  

Successful candidates will join our dynamic office, where everyone plays an important role and has an impact. Trainees will be in contact with TEPSA member institutes, EU institutions, think tanks and academic organisations across Europe. The traineeship provides an opportunity to broaden your network in these circles.

The trainees will support TEPSA in the implementation of its EU-funded projects. In particular, the trainees will assist in the supply of external expertise to EU institutions and the coordination and editing of research papers in the field of external relations (human rights, development, EU enlargement, Eastern and Southern neighbourhood, security and defence) and gender issues.  In addition, the trainees will support TEPSA in the implementation of a number of projects on democracy, disinformation and citizens’ engagement, including the coordination and editing of publications on these themes and the organisation of events. Lastly, they will be involved in TEPSA’s communication and dissemination activities through a number of written and audio-visual outputs. The trainees will be working under the direct supervision of the Project Managers.

TEPSA offers a paid traineeship (monthly remuneration of € 977.50) that would best suit a candidate with a Master’s degree in European studies, political science, law, international relations or public administration who has already acquired experience in EU projects or in maintaining communication activities in the field of European affairs.


The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) is an independent research network comprising 49 leading universities and research institutes in the field of European affairs throughout Europe. Based in Brussels, the TEPSA Secretariat manages and implements several EU-funded projects. It contributes to maximising the policy and societal impact of research by organising conferences and training, producing audio-visual material and coordinating research publications. 

  • Assistance in the conceptualisation and organisation of conferences, seminars and other events;
  • Support in the coordination of research papers (expertise for the European Parliament, TEPSA Briefs, European Council Debriefs, TEPSA book on the Future of Europe, TEPSA recommendations to the upcoming Council Presidency, etc.), including identifying and liaising with academic experts and ensuring the respect of deadline and specifications;
  • Assistance in editing reports and studies;
  • Assist in the communication of EU-funded projects by designing and preparing newsletters, news, social media campaigns and other communications materials (e.g. visually-engaging infographics);
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of the TEPSA website, including updating the website and liaising with TEPSA members to source research contributions;
  • Assist in the production of audio-visual materials including TEPSA’s flagship video activities and podcasts;
  • Contribution to the overall implementation of TEPSA activities.
  • Master’s degree in European studies, political science, international relations, law or a related discipline;
  • Excellent knowledge of the internal workings of the EU institutions and decision-making processes;
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise and attention to detail;
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French is an asset;
  • Knowledge of MS Office;
  • Capable of handling multiple tasks, prioritising workload, being responsive and a fast learner;
  • Interest in working in a multicultural team;
  • Eligible to work in Belgium (EU citizen or valid work permit);
  • Experience with video and graphic production is an asset;
  • Experience with Content Management Systems (WordPress), knowledge of MailChimp is an asset;
  • Experience in the organisation of events in the field of EU affairs and/or experience in EU projects are considered an advantage.
Two traineeship periods
  • The first trainee will join us from 14 September 2023 to 13 March 2024.
  • The second trainee will join us from 23 October 2023 to 22 April 2024.

The traineeships will each provide their successful candidates with an income of 977.50 EUR per month.

Application Procedure

Applicants are requested to send their CV and a one-page cover letter including the names of two references via e-mail to, with ‘Traineeship Project Assistant [Name of the applicant]’ in the subject line, addressed to TEPSA’s Executive Director Mariam Khotenashvili.

The deadline for applications is 9 July 2023, midnight (CET), but candidates will be assessed on a rolling basis, hence we encourage early applicants.

Applicants are requested to clearly indicate their preferred starting date (14 September or 23 October 2023) in their email.

Please note that we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates. Interviews will be conducted at TEPSA’s Brussels premises or via Zoom in early August. No travel reimbursement is available for in-person interviews.