Communications Internship

IJJO - International Juvenile Justice Observatory

Brussels, Belgium

The Communications internship will provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with the IJJO Communications staff, helping undergraduate and/or graduate students, as well as volunteers, further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience. The intern will participate in a variety of activities including writing, researching and website management. This internship offers hands-on communications experience.

Main tasks:

  • Drafting communications materials such as articles, fact sheets, press releases, interviews, briefing materials, event materials, promotional emails and other similar items;
  • Proofreading and fact-checking communications materials;
  • Gathering of primary research material and checking background information;
  • Monitoring and curating news sources;
  • Developing web and social media content;
  • Pitching news items;
  • Building and maintaining targeted media contact databases;
  • Updating the website on an as-needed basis;
  • Helping identify, plan, and implement new communication strategies, platforms and tactics;
  • Additional tasks and responsibilities as mutually agreed upon.


  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in either English, French or Spanish;
  • Creativity, versatility, high energy, initiative and discipline;
  • Demonstrated interest in Juvenile Justice or Children's Rights issues is a plus, as is general knowledge of International Human Rights Law;
  • Strong research ability;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-mail & Internet;
  • Proficient in Social Media Channels: Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, etc.;
  • Knowledge of video editing and graphic design tools is a plus;
  • Able to work independently as well as being part of a team;
  • Excellent time management skills with ability to meet deadlines;
  • Sharp attention to detail when proofreading or fact-checking.


  • The ideal intern will be working toward a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) or higher in Communications, Journalism, Law or a related field. Volunteers with similar studies or work experience in these areas are equally welcome.

Internship term:

  • Maximum 6 months minimum 3 months (Flexible period according to the student's availability). Stard date: June or September 2017 (Flexibe).

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