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We are hiring a Communications Intern!

Are you a confident communicator who knows their Twitter from their TikTok? Are you looking to gain professional experience in EU communications? Can you translate technical policy information into language anyone can understand? Do you have the ability to think on your feet and respond quickly to new developments? Most importantly, have you got a passion for play? If so, have a look at what we have to offer!

Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) is looking for an intern to support our internal and external communications. If successful, you will be part of a small international team who represent the EU toy sector to policy makers in Brussels. TIE represents some of the world’s most loved toy brands as well as hundreds of small local toy makers in the EU.

This is a paid internship under the Belgian CIP framework. It will initially last for 6 months, with the possibility of extension up to a year. As well as an opportunity to gain experience of the consensus driven workings of a membership-based trade association, the internship will be a chance for you to develop your Brussels network and to see the EU decision making process first-hand. Depending on Belgian COVID-19 restrictions, the internship is likely to be completed in part at a distance.


The Intern will provide support on the communications aspects of TIE’s work. This will include assisting in:

  • Monitoring EU and national policy developments on issues that impact the toy sector
  • Creating social and digital content
  • Media relations outreach
  • The development and design of external presentations and speaking notes
  • Communicating updates to the TIE membership
  • Organising and reporting on events
  • Advocating for the importance of play
  • Ad hoc support for administrative tasks

Your profile

  • Educated to Degree level, preferably in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations or related areas of study
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English. Additional languages are an asset
  • Experience in producing materials for the online environment – notably social media – with photo and video editing tools;
  • Web editing skills – knowledge of WordPress CMS is an added value
  • Experience with Adobe CS (or equivalent) desirable
  • A creative thinker who enjoys developing engaging narratives
  • A self-starter who can demonstrate clear initiative
  • Interested in EU affairs and show understanding of the role of trade associations in the EU policy landscape
  • Have the right to work in the EU

To apply

Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter (in English only) by email to TIE’s Director General, Catherine Van Reeth, at  by 26 February 2021. Please mention ‘TIE Internship’ in the subject line. The successful candidate is expected to start at the end of March/start April. Please note, that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.