Become an intern at Green Budget Europe

Starting early March for 3-4 months in Brussels

Are you keen to learn a wide range of skills with a small NGO working on a European level? Does protecting the climate and environment motivate you? Would you like to help shift tax away from labour, and to ensure real costs are reflected in prices?

Green Budget Europe seeks a highly motivated intern to work full-time with its 4-person team in Brussels. The position is ideal for a recent graduate interested in working with a dynamic team.

GBE can offer a small daily tax-free allowance to cover travel and food.

Your role

The successful applicant will support GBE in its activities, including:

  • Organisational and administrative support for organising stakeholder events and expert workshops;
  • Organisational and administrative support for running the Green Budget Europe network;
  • Research on market-based instruments for the environment and other topics relevant for the work of GBE;
  • Support for the implementation of advocacy activities on EU and Member State level;
  • Support (e.g. content preparation) for our media, partners and wider network, e.g. drafting our bi-monthly newsletter, and
  • Contributing to policy submissions, funding applications and related documents.

Candidate profile

  • University studies in economics, political science or environmental sciences;
  • Knowledge of current economic, energy, climate and environmental policy;
  • Basic knowledge of the European Union and its institutional structure;
  • Excellent English, dynamic communication skills and the ability to convey complex messages in a simple and engaging way;
  • Excellent organisational skills and an affinity for co-organising great events;
  • Knowledge of the rationale behind transitioning to a green economy, the fiscal measures to achieve this, and a keen ambition to persuade policy-makers to adopt them;
  • Proficient in MS Office and internet-based research;
  • Organisational talent with the ability to work comfortably both in a team and independently.

Your application

Applications should include a one-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the volunteer position offered by Green Budget Europe.

The application should also include your CV, and one sample of written work in English. The written sample should be 500 to 800 words in length and can include extracts from longer documents. The aim here is to assess applicants’ functional writing skills. The material can be drawn from a wide variety of sources (articles, essays, extracts from same, thesis excerpts, funding applications, for example) and cover topics beyond environmental fiscal reform.

The trainee will work in our office in Brussels. All applicants should have the right to live and work in Belgium. Green Budget Europe does not sponsor Belgian work permits.

Please include the cover letter, the CV and the written sample within a single PDF document, with a contents page giving a one-sentence description of your written sample, and the word count for the sample. Please send your complete application to Bridget Farrell at with “GBE Intern 02/2017” in the subject line.

In your cover letter please indicate your suitability for the role, and please state, in the concluding lines, your earliest start date in the event your application is successful.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 19 February 2017. Green Budget Europe will revert to short-listed candidates only, but no later than 24 February 2017. The interviews will take place on 1 March 2017.

Who we are

Green Budget Europe (GBE) is an expert platform focusing on reducing environmentally harmful subsidies and labour taxes while increasing taxes on pollution and on non-renewable resources – and doing so in a socially equitable way. Behind our work is the realisation that charging a price for costs associated with production and consumption can help protect climate and environment.

Policy areas GBE works on include Energy Union, circular economy, the European Semester, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and communicating the rationale for an environmental tax shift.

To advance its policy work, GBE brings together representatives of business, international organisations, ministries, NGOs, political decision-makers, the research community and civil society. By implementing environmental fiscal reform (EFR), countries can cut pollution, conserve scarce resources, and enhance social equity through a careful and considered approach to reform; see for further details.

Our new website launched in September 2015. For publications, news and events prior to 2015, see our archive website.

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