Intern, Africa Programme

  • Reporting to: Africa Programme Coordinator
  • Location: remote but based in Berlin
  • Deadline for application: 21 February 2021
  • Start date: 1 March 2021
  • Duration: 3 months

This position is full-time. A monthly stipend of €450.00 will be provided.

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is a pan-European initiative which seeks to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent, effective and values-based European foreign policy. ECFR, uniquely among European think-tanks, has offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris and Sofia. Our offices are platforms for research, debate, advocacy and communications.

ECFR’s Africa programme gathers one policy fellow and two visiting fellows working across Europe and the region. They produce papers providing concrete policy recommendations, and are in constant interaction with high-level officials, policy-makers, and researchers. The programme’s focus are the geopolitics of the Africa-Europe relationship. This includes relations between the African Union and the European Union; foreign policy tools and strategies; and opportunities to find creative policy solutions. The Programme also focuses on two regions that are particularly relevant for Europe: the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.


  • Support the Africa programme’s advocacy and outreach activities in different European countries (organisation of events, distribution of publications).
  • Help identify and liaise with relevant policy, advocacy and think-tank contacts and contribute to the development of the programme’s contact database.
  • Help keep track of the Africa programme’s media work. Look after the relevant parts of the website, make proposals for innovation.
  • Compile and circulate a roundup of ECFR Africa’s work and relevant articles/reports. 
  • Help process and analyse research data.
  • Help ensure that ECFR’s national offices are effectively included in Africa-related projects.
  • Other general responsibilities as may be reasonably requested over time.


  • University degree in international affairs, EU affairs, public policy, political sciences or equivalent.
  • Experience in a fast-paced office environment requiring extensive interaction with others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (a very high standard of written and spoken English).
  • Highly IT (including website) proficient.
  • Good knowledge of Africa or EU (relevant internship in an EU institution or foreign affairs ministry is an asset).
  • German and French language skills are considerable advantage.

Person specification

  • Flexible and able to multi-task.
  • Good organisational skills and an eye for detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multinational team and to develop effective relationships.
  • A demonstrated interest in Africa-related issues and issues of concern to ECFR is highly desirable.

Due to Covid-19, ECFR offices in some locations are currently closed in line with respective national guidelines.

To apply

Please send a one-page cover letter (with ref: ECFR Africa Intern in the subject line) and your CV to: [email protected]. Please restrict your CV to no more than two pages of A4. Please could you specify your citizenship and status with respect to living and working in your country of residence in either your CV or covering letter. Privacy information for job applicants

  • Deadline for application: 21 February 2021

PLEASE NOTE: No phone calls please. Due to the large volume of candidates applying for positions within ECFR we will unfortunately only be able to respond to shortlisted candidates.


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