Call for a Communications trainee (UNICA Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium)

If you are a Master student interested in gaining hands-on experience in the area of communications and event management in an international NGO, apply for a traineeship at the UNICA Secretariat in Brussels! As a trainee, you will take active part in the day-to-day running of our small but multinational office, have a chance to improve your communication & language skills by working closely with our team, and get exposure to the varied activities and projects of our Network that have a real impact on the functioning of Higher Education institutions.



Brussels, University Foundation, Rue d'Egmont 11.



  • Our trainees work 30 hours per week (5 days x 6 hours, with some flexibility). 
  • The minimum duration of the traineeship is 3 months, however, commitments of longer duration (6 months or longer) are preferred. 
  • Please note that this is a non-remunerated position. Apart from Erasmus+ traineeship grant, our trainees receive a monthly reimbursement of expenses (approx. €400) and a free public transport pass.



  • Master student or a student in the final year of Bachelor programme
  • Very good command of English, both written and spoken, with an ability to distinguish between formal and informal registers
  • Basic knowledge of graphic design software (Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop/Lightroom) 
  • Initiative and enthusiasm to learn 
  • Ability to multi-task and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in creating simple visual content (announcements, headers and visuals for social media)
  • Knowledge of French 
  • Proven interest in the EU affairs and European policies in the area of Higher Education and Research 



The trainee will work closely with the Project & Communications Officer and other members of the Secretariat team.



  • Drafting web articles and promotional materials 
  • Updating & managing content of the UNICA websites, database, online platforms (staffmobility.euUNICA Summer & Winter Schools Portal)
  • Assisting in editing and compiling info for UNICA monthly newsletters
  • Supporting the organisation of UNICA events as well as the management of ongoing EU projects in which UNICA is coordinator or partner
  • Occasionally attending Brussels-based events organised by the European Commission, European Parliament, and other partner organisations
  • Other office and/or administrative duties as required



  • Please send your CV and a cover letter as a single PDF document to by Friday 29 September 2017 
  • Your cover letter should state clearly your motivation to work at UNICA and your suitability for the position; generic cover letters or applications without cover letters will not be taken into consideration
  • Priority is given to Erasmus+ Traineeship holders coming from UNICA member universities.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • The internship will preferably start in late October 2017.