Internships, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

TWO INTERNSHIPS: BIODIVERSITY AND NATURE CONSERVATION TEAM


Salary:
Unsalaried positions with reasonable travel and lunch expenses paid.
Location: IEEP London office and Brussels office
Duration: 3-6 months.
 
The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is an independent and influential policy studies institute based in central London and Brussels, which undertakes research and consultancy work on the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental and environment-related policies in Europe. IEEP’s work is directly relevant to current policy 
debates and accordingly it works closely with the EU institutions, national and regional government departments in various Member States, agencies, parliamentarians, NGOs and academics. Much of  IEEP’s project work involves teams of partners from a variety of EU Member States.  We maintain a commitment to being at the forefront of thinking about 
environmental aspects of EU policies and their development, and promoting a thorough understanding of environmental issues and needs among policy makers and other relevant organisations in Europe.
 
IEEP has a full-time staff of  about  25 based in London, and  12 based in Brussels, with a network of associates. For more information, please check our website: www.ieep.eu     
 
IEEP and its Internship Programme


Candidates are chosen according to their qualifications and the availability of suitable work. Interns will learn about the dynamics of EU policy making, focusing on environment policy and environmental aspects of other sectoral policies such as agriculture, transport, regional development and fisheries. IEEP is concerned with raising awareness of European 
environmental policy and advancing policymaking along sustainable paths. This is achieved through: conducting policy relevant research projects; the writing of commissioned reports, articles and briefing notes; the organisation of workshops and seminars; developing contacts with a range of policy makers, civil servants, academics, NGOs and other stakeholders.
 
The IEEP internship programme aims to provide staff with assistance for research, administration and information, give students doing a Masters or PhD thesis an opportunity to get practical insights into their thesis topics, give graduates valuable work experience, and develop relations with university research departments.
 
Interns should expect to gain exposure to current European policy issues and processes and the working methods of a small independent institute. While an element of the internship is likely to be administrative in nature, the focus is to provide interns with the opportunity to assist in research projects and report / paper writing, attend meetings with IEEP research staff and contribute to IEEP’s information and advisory services, where appropriate.

Biodiversity and Nature Conservation – Internship Descriptions
The interns will support the work carried out by the IEEP Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Team and related activities of other teams, where appropriate.  The work for the London and the Brussels internships will involve  both  contributing to a variety of projects concerned with the development, implementation and evaluation of EU biodiversity policy, such as the implementation of Natura 2000 Network, and other initiatives supporting the EU goal to halt the loss of biodiversity.  IEEP is currently undertaking a number of activities including work on biodiversity policy issues relating to biofuels, the Common 
Agricultural Policy (CAP),  management of farmland habitats in Natura 2000 sites,  the implementation of Green Infrastructure policies and the financing of biodiversity conservation measures.
 
Successful internship applicants will work with the biodiversity team in developing current projects and assisting with research, which would involve:
 
· Contributing to, and editing, research reports and papers for publication;
· Contributing to the production of newsletters and policy papers;
· Contributing to weekly policy briefings for the UK conservation agencies,
· Contributing to updates of the IEEP’s flagship publication the Manual of Environmental Policy;  
· Undertaking literature reviews, data collection and supporting the development of our reference database;
· Helping to organise seminars, workshops and conferences.
 
Interns are asked to work 35 hours (5 days) per week unless agreed otherwise in advance; however, consideration  will also be given to applicants wishing to work part time. The internships would ideally start in April, and would be for 3 – 6 months.
Although there will be a degree of overlap between the internships in London and Brussels, the two will have a different focus.
London internship
The London internship will  involve greater input to projects assessing the impacts of agricultural practices and policies, and describing the  process  of  assessing  habitat and species conservation status.  Projects will include the impact of the CAP on biodiversity, farmland management guidelines in Natura 2000 areas, and a review of biodiversity monitoring across the EU.  Prior knowledge of the  relationship between farming in Europe and biodiversity, the CAP, biodiversity indicators and monitoring and the Habitats and Birds Directives would be especially valuable.
Brussels internship
The internship  based in Brussels will focus  more on the identification of socio-economic benefits associated with biodiversity conservation, analysing Green Infrastructure policies across the EU and investigating the financing requirements of biodiversity policy. Prior knowledge of  the principles of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and of the Green Infrastructure concept would be anadvantage. 

Person Specification


Interested applicants must:
 
· hold a good first degree in a relevant environmental subject;
· have a demonstrated interest in biodiversity conservation and EU policy;
· have demonstrated good communication skills, in particular,  good written and spoken English and the ability to present information in a clear, precise and accessible style in this language;
· show initiative and be flexible with regard to the tasks they are asked to complete;
· be capable of working independently in a fast-paced small office environment;
· have good organisational and time management skills;
· be reliable and capable of paying close attention to detail; and
· have good computer skills (particularly in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and internet).
 
Successful applicants are likely to have:
 
· a higher degree in a relevant environmental subject; or
· some demonstrated experience of biodiversity conservation and EU policy related work.
 
University Students who are writing a  thesis (eg Masters or PhD) in related  topics and are looking for institutional visits/placements and work experience are welcome to apply.
 
IEEP’s London and Brussels office operate primarily in English and therefore fluent English is essential. Proficiency in another European language is an advantage. IEEP is a relatively small organisation, so like other staff,  the intern will be required to show commitment and flexibility in undertaking a range of general tasks in pursuit of the smooth running, effectiveness and development of the Institute.
 
Candidates should either be EU citizens or have suitable visa already in place that allows an internship in the UK or Belgium. 
 
Applicants should send a letter of motivation outlining their reasons for wanting the post and their relevant experience, their CV, office preference and an acknowledgement that the position is unpaid to AJ McConville; preferably by email to amcconville@ieep.eu or by post to AJ McConville, IEEP, 15 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9BU. Applicants should clearly 
mark the title of the email subject line or envelope: ‘Biodiversity Internship’ and indicate in the title if they are applying for the position in London, Brussels or are interested in applying for either post.
 
All applications must reach us by 5pm on Monday 28th March. 


Applicants selected for interview will be informed by the 8th April. IEEP will refund approved interview travel expenses.
 
IEEP strives to be an equal opportunities employer and undertakes that there shall be no discrimination in employment policies, salaries or working conditions on grounds of race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious or other belief, sexual orientation, marital status or age.
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