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We’re looking for an intern

Are you looking to gain professional experience in EU policy making? Can you communicate engagingly with a wide range of audiences on subjects covering everything from technical toy safety standards to the importance of play? Do you have the ability to think on your feet and respond quickly to challenging developments? Do you know your Twitter from your TikTok? Most importantly, have you got a passion for play? If so, you might be interested to hear what we have to offer!

Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) is looking for an intern to support our internal and external communications. The paid internship (or stage in Brussels speak) will initially last for 6 months, with the possibility of extension up to a year. If successful, you will be part of a small international team who represent the EU toy sector to policy makers in Brussels. This includes some of the world’s most loved toy brands through to small local companies.

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.


The tasks of the intern will be mainly focused on the communications aspects of TIE’s work.

This will include:

  • Monitoring EU and national policy developments – for example on toy safety, environment, consumer protection, international trade and intellectual property rights
  • Contributing to TIE’s digital presence on our websites and social media
  • Drafting articles for the trade press and general media
  • Organising stakeholder and member events
  • Engaging with newly elected Members of the European Parliament
  • Promoting the importance of play to EU policy makers
  • Supporting the management of key digital communications projects
  • Assisting colleagues in the development and design of external presentations
  • Ad hoc support for administrative tasks (including data base management)

 Your profile

  • Degree in all fields of Communications, Journalism European Studies, Law or Social Sciences;
  • Excellent command of English, both spoken and written. A real interest in clear communications. Additional languages are an asset;
  • Knowledge of/interest in EU affairs and issues;
  • Social media management skills;
  • Web editing skills – knowledge of WordPress CMS is an added value;
  • Experience in producing materials for the online environment – notably social media – with photo and video editing tools;
  • Experience with Adobe CS (or equivalent) desirable;

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 14 February 2020. Please mention ‘TIE Internship’ in the subject line. The successful candidate is expected to start in March. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About TIE

TIE is the trade association for the toy sector in Europe, we represent the interests of the reputable toy manufacturers vis-à-vis the EU decision makers. Members of TIE include companies as well as national associations. Further information is available here: