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We are looking for an ELP Trainee for our office in Brussels 

The European Leadership Programme (ELP) is a five month residential post-graduate formation programme where the Fellows receive leadership training and support in their vocation discernment during their time in Brussels. The Fellows live and work in the heart of Europe, they help marginalized communities, receive coaching and professional mentoring. There is a weekly opportunity to meet current and former leaders from the EU ecosystem to discuss testimonies of their career and ethical challenges. For futher information on the programme please check and see below.

Wondering why joining the Erste Lesung team for your ELP experience? Because we are passionate and have fun immersing ourselves in the political discourse every day. Because we love having our finger on the pulse of what’s happening and helping our clients navigate the jungle of legislative initiatives and policy-making processes. Because we enjoy working together to develop strategies to make good causes heard. Because CONNECTING THE DOTS are not just empty words to us, but part of our corporate culture, which we also like to combine in the triangle between Berlin, Brussels and Paris. If you share this passion with us, we will give you the space to work with high-profile clients, enable you to proactively shape your work, to take on responsibility, and to become part of a diverse, flexible team where collegiality is a key priority.

You are interested in Brussels and European politics, are passionate about public affairs, and have a high affinity for digital or energy policy? You are fluent in English, have excellent German language skills and maybe even French? You work reliably, have the desire and ability to proactively accompany work processes from start to finish and would like to work at the intersection of politics and business?

Then apply for our joint Traineeship with ELP!

This is what we can offer you:

  • Flexible working hours, to make sure that your job and ELP-activities are always compatible
  • Working in various parts of a public affairs consultancy that operates in multiple countries
  • A wide range of opportunities to contribute to our workflows and develop your skills
  • Working in a young, welcoming and dynamic team
  • A workplace in the heart of the European Quarter in the immediate vicinity of the EU Parliament
  • Flexible home office days
  • First-class technical equipment
  • Compensation of 1100 Euro/month
  • At least 5 months internship duration. Prolongation of another 5 months is favored and possible – depending on positive ELP mid-term evaluation.

Your task will include:

  • Assisting our press and legislative monitoring routines and analyzing legislative processes
  • Supporting the drafting of position papers and other documents
  • Supporting the organization and execution of public policy events
  • Researching and contributing to a wide range of topics

Your Profile:

  • You are selected by the ELP Committee
  • You are interested in European policies (especially in the field of digital or energy policy), and you ideally have relevant first experiences.
  • You are very familiar with the political systems of the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany (knowledge of other EU member states is an advantage)
  • You are able to express yourself very well both verbally and in writing in German and English (knowledge of other EU-languages is an advantage)
  • You have excellent research and analytical skills
  • You are familiar with the common office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point)
  • You have excellent comprehension skills and exhibit a high degree of personal responsibility and initiative (volunteering experiences are an advantage)
  • You have the desire to learn new things and to constantly develop yourself
  • You exhibit a “hands-on” mentality and a desire to actively contribute to the consultancy’s work


This traineeship offer is an ELP specific vacancy. Interviews are held both with the selection committee of the European Leadership Programme and with Erste Lesung. Please apply through the Google form here! Only full applications through ELP are accepted for the position.

For enquiries about ELP, please contact Ms Feherekova at or refer to the website at and solely about the position, please contact Antonia Schabel at For more information about Erste Lesung please visit our website

You are interested in a other job or internship opportunities with Erste Lesung besides this specific program? Go here for for more information on other career opportunities with us Jobs – Erstelesung