Policy/Communication Intern at Open Forum Europe

Deadline: 15 August 2015
Open to: applicants with an interest in the open-source software movement and in the IT industry
Remuneration: a monthly stipend of EUR 350


OpenForum Europe (OFE) is a not-for-profit industry organization which was originally launched in 2002 to accelerate and broaden the use of Open Source Software (OSS) among businesses, consumers and governments. OFE’s role has since evolved and its primary role now is to promote the use of open standards in ICT as a means of achieving full openness and interoperability of computer systems throughout Europe. It continues to promote open source software, as well as openness more generally as part of a vision to facilitate open, competitive choice for IT users. OFE is supported by major IT suppliers (including RedHat, Google, IBM, Oracle), user and consumer organisations, and national partners, together representing thousands of individual companies across Europe. The intern will be working directly with OFE staff in the Brussels office. The responsibilities are determined by the interns interests and can include:

  • Monitoring EU policy developments and alerting OFE’s network on relevant issues;
  • Help in preparing and organising events and meetings with the community and policy makers;
  • Help in preparing communication material for the website (press releases, white papers, policy statements) and social media;
  • General office administration.

The internship begins in September 2015 with a duration of 3 months (extendable to 6 months).


Applicants should meet following requirements:

  • Some understanding of the EU decision making process;
  • Demonstrable interest in the open-source software movement and in the IT industry;
  • Fluent level of written and spoken English; other EU languages considered as an asset;
  • Self starter, reliable, able to multi-task and prioritize own work;
  • Good interpersonal and team-working skills;
  • Computer and web literacy (in particular experience with social media, blogging, HTML/CSS, desktop publishing tool are considered a plus, but not required).


The position is remunerated by a monthly stipend of EUR 350. OFE offers a challenging and exciting experience with a dynamic organisation working internationally, and the opportunity to meet and work with senior figures in EU public affairs and the IT industry. This is a part-time position. OFE will accommodate for the possibility for the intern to be studying or have another job in parallel to this position.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2015. Please apply by email submitting your CV, together with your answers to the following questions, to [email protected]

  • Name;
  • Email;
  • Where did you find out about the position;
  • In which way creating a level-playing field in public procurement of ICT can contribute to the achievement of a Digital Single Market? (maximum 300 words);
  • What makes you a suitable candidate? (approximately 300 words).

For more information please visit the official website.

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