Press and communication trainee



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Door Pavlina Dravecka / Bijgewerkt: 20 Feb 2015
Job profile: 
The candidate must be a student in a European university and able to set up a trainee agreement between him/herself, the university and CEMR. The press and communication trainee will report to the Communication Officer (Pierre Vander Auwera) and to the Press Officer (Georgina Mombo), and will work mostly in English and French. The trainee will be expected to work under tight deadlines, to be able to prioritise and to show initiative and diplomacy as well as acute “communication flair”.

1.Main tasks and responsibilities:

The trainee will work within CEMR’s Secretariat General, in its Brussels office. She/he will:

a) Main activities

•Support in the development of the public and private parts of CEMR’swebsite

•Maintenance of CEMR website

•Research, write and translate topical news stories for CEMR’s bilingual (EN/FR) website

•Help handle queries from CEMR’s members, the media and other stakeholders. Search for photos to accompany article sand adapt using Photoshop

•Support in the development of communication campaigns

•Regular monitoring of press and institutional activities

•Create press reviews

b) Other activities

•Help with overall organisation of events

•Undertake a range of administrative tasks

2.Person specification

The successful candidate will have:

•Previous experience in press, communication or relevant field (preferable)

•General knowledge of EU affairs

•An understanding of local and regional government issues in Europe

•Knowledge of and ability to use new technology (website, social media, video, etc.)

•Ability to use IT tools and software such as Word, Excel, knowledge of Photoshop an asset)

•Good written and spoken English and French

•Excellent organisational and administrative skills

•Ability to work effectively as a team member in a multicultural and multilingual environment

3.How to apply for this position

Please send us the following:

•A response of maximum 200 words per question, in English or in French.

1) Explain why you are interested in this position?

2) In what way could you best contribute to the work of the press and communication team? What particular strengths would you bring to your work?

•A curriculum   vitae,   including   employment   history,   secondary/highereducation and professional qualifications.

Please  send  your  application  to  the  Press  and  Communication  Department,  at  CEMR  (Square  de Meeûs    1,    1000    Bruxelles)    or    by    e-mail    to pierre.vanderauwera@ccre-cemr.organd

The deadline for application is Sunday, 11 January 2015. The traineeship will start as soon as possible, in February2015.4. Additional information on traineeship

Please, note that the traineeship is unpaid.  The post is based at CEMR’s Brussels office; currently Square de  Meeûs  1,  1000  Brussels.    The duration of the traineeship is of minimum three months.  Office hours are between 9.00 and 18.00 (Monday-Thursday); 9.00-16.00 (Friday). Some flexibility in working hours will however be required.

About CEMR

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the broadest organisation of local and regional authorities in Europe. Its members are over 50  national  associations  of  municipalities  and  regions  from  41European countries. Together, these  associations represent  some  150  000  local  and regional authorities. CEMR’s objectives are twofold: to influence European legislation on behalf of local and regional authorities and to provide a platform for exchange between its member associations and their elected officials and experts. Moreover,   CEMR   is   the   European   section   of   United   Cities   and   Local Governments (UCLG), the worldwide organisation of local government.

Full time
Employer type: 
Non-profit making
Contact details
Vander Auwera
Deadline for applications: 
11 jan 2015
Temporary contract dates: 
01 feb 2015