Research Assistant

Practice Area: Public Policy

Location: Brussels

Instinctif Partners:

Instinctif Partners is an international business communications consultancy, specialists in reputation, influence and engagement. We work with over 850 clients globally, from FTSE100 enterprises to SMEs just starting out on their journey. We are 400 people in twenty offices in ten countries, working across six practice areas and a range of sector specialisms.


Public Policy Brussels:

Instinctif Partners is a global business communications consultancy with 13 offices across 7 countries in the world. The Brussels office of IP focuses on EU public affairs and services provided to corporate and association clients. We help our clients achieve their business objectives utilising our understanding of politics, government and regulation. We offer the range of public policy disciplines from strategic political counsel and regulatory advice, through to government relations, lobbying and public affairs. We pride ourselves at being experts in consultation, trade association management, and competition policy.


Role Overview:

We are currently recruiting an “EU Public Affairs Research Assistant” to join our Brussels public policy team to start in late September. The position is remunerated (under a convention d’immersion professionnelle contract) and is for an initial 6 months period subject to extension. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing support to the team by researching and monitoring political issues and legislative developments in the EU and its Member States.



  • Conducting research on policy issues and regulatory structures
  • Monitoring EU legislative developments and transposition of EU legislation in Member States
  • Supporting the implementation of external communications projects
  • Drafting reports, providing summaries, updating legislative databases
  • Contacting institutional officials
  • Attending conferences and events to network and report back
  • Administrative tasks (answering phones, welcoming guests, supporting Office Manager)


Skills & Experience:

  • Academic background in European studies / political science / international relations / law
  • Prior internship experience with an EU institution / consultancy / trade association is an advantage
  • Strong motivation to learn and work in European Public Affairs
  • Good knowledge of EU institutional practises & policy-making processes
  • Awareness of political parties, major political issues and their dynamics in the EU and its Member States
  • Understanding of EU transport and health policies
  • Social media awareness
  • Excellent research and communication skills
  • Proficiency in English and at least in one other EU official language (preferably French, German, Polish, Swedish).
  • Flexibility and interest to work on multiple policy fields in parallel
  • Well-organised, sociable and pro-active attitude
  • Graphic design skills and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, as well as knowledge of CMS (WordPress in particular), will be considered a strong asset

Our success is underpinned by our values:

  • Blaze a Trail – We push boundaries and set the pace within our industry;
  • Move Fast -We anticipate change and respond quickly;
  • Always Connect – We combine skills, experience and perspectives that unite people and organisations; and
  • Keep it real – We are open, fair and authentic, always listening and understanding before we respond.


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