Internships at IDF

20 November 2017 Category : Internships

The IDF Internship Programme gives graduate students the opportunity to obtain training and exposure to IDFs work in the field of diabetes and non-communicable diseases. All intern posts are based at the Federation’s Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The Programme is open to citizens of the European Union as well as others who have right to live and work in Belgium without a work permit.

Applicants must:

  • Be graduate or undergraduate students who require an internship for their course or a first internship experience
  • Have EU nationality and/or right to live and work in Belgium without a work permit
  • Have excellent verbal and written skills in English (other languages, particularly French and Spanish, are an asset)
  • Have fast word-processing skills and good command of Microsoft Office;
  • Be proactive, flexible, and good communicators;
  • Have excellent organisational and team working skills.

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to send a CV and cover letter by email to, indicating as reference the internship for which they apply.

The following positions are currently available as of March 2018 for a period of 6 months.

1. Policy and Programmes intern

The Policy and Programs department is the IDF team that is in charge of the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of projects for health care professionals and people with diabetes.

The team is seeking a highly motivated intern to work on the development of new proposals and support existing projects in both the humanitarian and education areas globally.

The main responsibilities of the intern will include:

  • Support current project managers and coordinators with existing projects
  • Develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate projects for Health care professionals and people with diabetes
  • Undertake literature searches to establish background data for new proposals
  • Assist in the development of timelines and plans for projects
  • Assist with the production and distribution of education communications material for key stakeholders
  • Supporting drafting of policy and scientific research papers and presentations
  • Provide further support as required by the Senior Programmes Manager

Required skills:

  • Experience in literature searches and project proposals is highly desirable
  • Experience in project management cycle
  • Field experience with humanitarian programmes is an asset
  • Ability to produce summarised reports for a variety of audiences is highly desirable
2. Communications intern

The IDF Communications team is responsible for promoting the activities of the Federation and strengthening IDF's presence on the global stage through global awareness initiatives and campaigns such as World Diabetes Day.

The Communications team is currently seeking a highly motivated intern to support the development of IDF’s communication activities, and help manage IDF online platforms and social media channels.

The main responsibilities of the intern will include:

  • Supporting management of IDF’s social media pages (drafting and publishing posts) and provide input into social media strategy
  • Supporting communications activities for the World Diabetes Day campaign (production of materials, stakeholder outreach, event coordination)
  • Supporting content management of IDF online platforms (updates and postings)
  • Supporting media monitoring and outreach
  • Supporting production and distribution of communications materials to key stakeholders
  • Help manage external communications enquiries
  • Providing further support as required to the Communications Manager and other IDF departments.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English; native speaker is an asset
  • Good working knowledge of French or Spanish
  • Knowledge of graphic design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
3. Advocacy intern

For its Executive Office in Brussels, IDF is looking to hire an Intern to strengthen its Advocacy Department. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual to support advocacy in global public health in an international and dynamic NGO. The Advocacy Intern will have the following responsibilities:

  • Support the preparation of information and logistics for key events such as the IDF’s Congress and High-Level meetings like the UN General Assembly or the WHO Executive Board
  • Update internal documents, website, database and support general administrative and organisational tasks
  • Research various global topics (stakeholder mapping)
  • Assist with the production and distribution of advocacy tools to key stakeholders
  • Provide further assistance as required to the Advocacy Department

Required skills

  • Educated to a Bachelor/ Master’s degree of equivalent (relevant field of study)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in other languages (specifically French and Spanish) is an asset
  • An understanding of the not-for-profit sector
  • Multi-tasker with strong organisational skills
  • Proven team-working skills, proactive and flexible
  • Highly computer literate; familiar with social media
  • Ability to adopt IDF’s ethics and beliefs
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