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Paid Internship, EU Culture and Development – British Council

British Council Belgium, EU team is recruiting a paid Intern. The purpose of job is to contribute to the work of the British Council in creating impact at an EU and international level. This role will focus on advocating for the value of arts and culture for sustainable development, through providing support on key policy events and stakeholder engagement.

Context and environment:   British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Brussels is home to the main institutions of the European Union. These institutions formulate policies, laws, and recommendations which are relevant to the work of the British Council in all regions of the world, and the EU funds a global portfolio of programmes in our core areas including Culture, Education, Governance and Civil Society.

The British Council Brussels EU team:
– represents the British Council in the centre of the European political and cultural debate. It advocates the Council’s values and strategy to a highly influential European and international audience of policy makers, thereby building support, gaining trust and gathering vital information about opportunities for partnerships and funding for our work worldwide.
– develops relationships and partnerships with Brussels-based major international organisations, seeking to demonstrate the value of cultural relations and generating significant income and impact for the British Council in core strategic business areas.
– links Regional Directors and their planning staff and Strategic Business Unit leads in Headquarters to EU funding sources, and provides the EU policy context for strategic planning in all sectors.

The Culture and Development team at the British Council looks at the role of arts and culture in an international development context, and explores creative responses to the social and economic needs of developing countries. We rely on the British Council’s global network, expertise and presence on the ground to deliver culture programmes that contribute to the social and economic advancement of developing countries. We work closely with colleagues and partners worldwide to deliver these programmes locally and raise awareness of the value of culture in development contexts, and the value of this work to the UK

Responsibilities and Main Duties
–  To support with British Council’s presence at the European Development Days (18-20 June 2019).
This will include attending meetings, preparing and submitting applications, coordinating UK and
international delegates’ attendance, organising panel sessions and stands, liaising with internal staff
and external partners / EDD organisers, managing logistics, internal and external communication
– To prepare for the Colloquium on Culture and Development (16-17 June 2019). This may involve
attending meetings with EUNIC (EU national institutes of culture) and DG DEVCO (Development and
– To contribute to British Council’s presence at the Syria Conference in Brussels (April 2019). This will
include organising a cultural event, liaising with EUNIC, DEVCO and British Council colleagues;
attending meetings and reporting back; logistics, travel and accommodation
– To research and prepare briefings, organise meetings (both internal and external), liaise with
partners, as well as providing communication support.

Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT, 20 January 2019
Interviews: 24 and 28 January 2019
Start date : as soon as possible

You can find more info about the application process on the website !

Application Process