The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is looking for a Data and Polling Intern

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is looking for a Data and Polling Intern

Candidates must be current students, eligible to work in France and available full-time for six months from mid November 2023 or beginning of December 2023.

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is looking for a Data and Polling Intern

  • Position: Intern
  • Department: European Power
  • Location: Paris
  • Reporting to: Data Centre and Polling Lead
  • Expected start dates: 4th December 2023 
  • Duration: 6 months – full time (35hrs/week)
  • Closing date for applications: 20 November 2023 – 17H30

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is a pan-European think-tank that conducts research and promotes informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent, effective, and values-based European foreign policy. It has offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia, and Warsaw (

Job Purpose

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) seeks a Data and Polling Intern to support its growing data and polling work. Through extensive EU and non-EU public opinion polling, policymaker surveys, and other desk-based data collection, ECFR produces evidence-based foreign policy recommendations and connects decisionmakers to the views and priorities of citizens on salient global issues. The Data and Polling Intern will provide cross-cutting support to the Data and Polling Team, participating in data research and analysis, preparing graphs and briefings on findings, and other tasks as necessary.

The Intern will gain insight into data-backed policy research and advocacy at one of Europe’s leading foreign policy think tanks. Working at the intersection of data analysis and international relations, they will help contribute towards central debates and issues being addressed by ECFR, such as the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on European foreign policy and the global order, the upcoming 2024 European Parliament elections, EU enlargement, and Europe’s energy transition. 

Main Responsibilities

Working closely with the Data Centre and Polling Lead and the Research and Data Officer, the Intern will: 

  • Analyse the data received from opinion polls, expert surveys, and other collection methods to extract the key results.
  • Produce graphs and other data visualisation tools to communicate the data.
  • Prepare briefings for ECFR colleagues to present the findings in meetings, workshops, public events, and other fora.
  • Other general responsibilities may be reasonably requested over time.

Person Specification

  • Advanced student in the field of Sociology, International Relations, Political Science, or equivalent. (Convention de Stage, issued by a French institution, is obligatory.)
  • Good or Excellent knowledge of Excel; familiarity with SPSS (or another statistical software) as a strong asset.
  • Proven track record in data-based research. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English, other language is a plus.
  • Interest in public opinion and European foreign policy, EU affairs, or international relations.

Skills and Abilities:

  • MS-Office and IT skills, including the use of Excel; familiarity with SPSS (or another statistical software) as a strong asset. 
  • Flexible and multitasking with the ability to adapt to a changeable conditions and demanding deadlines.
  • Ability to work individually, as well as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team, and to develop effective relationships across the organisation.
  • Can-do attitude, self-initiative, curiosity, and willingness to learn.
  • Excellent organisation skills with a good eye for detail and accuracy.

What the internship Offer

  • An exciting environment in an innovative and repute, pan-European think tank
  • An open and appreciative culture within the organisation
  • High level of personal responsibility
  • Highly motivated, committed colleagues from across Europe
  • Space for creativity and own ideas
  • The intern will receive the legal minimum allowance, as well as lunch vouchers and reimbursement of 50% of the cost of the Navigo pass.

DEADLINE: 20 November 2023 – 17H30

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