E.g., 09/21/2021
E.g., 09/21/2021
MPI Europe Internships

MPI Europe Internships

The Migration Policy Institute Europe, established in Brussels in 2011, is a nonprofit, independent research institute that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote effective policymaking. MPI Europe provides authoritative research and practical policy design to governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who seek more effective management of immigration, immigrant integration, and asylum systems as well as successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe.

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Fall / Winter 2021 Internship

Migration Policy Institute Europe is seeking candidates for a full-time in-person internship in Brussels for Autumn - Winter 2021/2022, which offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience working with a broad network of experts in a wide range of policy areas, including EU immigration and asylum systems, labor migration, and immigrant integration. The internship also offers individuals the opportunity to collaborate directly with policy analysts and senior management, and potentially author research. The successful candidates will also be involved in the organization of external MPI Europe events, with benefits for his/her network.

The deadline for applications is August 8, and the successful candidate will start in October.


The intern will provide support to the MPI Europe team, including senior management. Applicants must have at least a relevant bachelor or master’s degree and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. They should be able to work both independently and as part of a team, be well organized, and able to handle a wide array of tasks, which might range from research activities to event organization.  

Duties may include:

  • Contributing to overall research efforts, including through independent quantitative and/or qualitative research and policy analysis
  • Writing paper drafts and preparing literature summaries
  • Assisting in the dissemination of publications
  • Providing administrative support on migration-related events
  • Attending and summarizing relevant public and private events to which MPI Europe staff have been invited
  • Undertaking administrative tasks, including assistance to senior management.

Language skills other than English and ability to work with Microsoft Access prove helpful for certain projects, as do strong quantitative skills.

Internship Details and Conditions

The internship will last six months. The intern will be offered a “contrat d’immersion professionel” (or “beroepsinlevingovereenkomst”), which foresees a payment of 1310.15 euros per month. Lunch vouchers of 8 euros for each working day will be offered as well. Relocation expenses are not covered.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Belgium.

MPI Europe values a diverse work environment and welcomes applications from all candidates who meet the requirements for the position, regardless of origin, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristics. Minority applicants and/or applicants from immigrant or refugee backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

In accordance with Belgian law, a “contrat d’immersion professionel” cannot be offered to candidates who are still enrolled at the university, therefore only applications from graduates will be considered for this opening.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send to [email protected] the following materials:

  • CV/Resume without photo
  • Cover letter describing your interest in migration and/or public policy issues (please also include why you are interested in European migration work and the approximate dates you are available to start and finish)
  • A writing sample that showcases your ability to write clearly and analytically (up to five pages)

For additional information, you may contact [email protected]. Please submit one application. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls please.