The Odysseus Academic Network is seeking to recruit one young graduate or professional with a legal background to fill a remunerated traineeship position as Research and Project Assistant. The position will be based in Brussels (no remote work in principle) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and is remunerated with a salary of € 813 per month in the framework of a contract for vocational training under Belgian law. As Odysseus is a university network, applicants interested in academia are strongly encouraged to apply. The traineeship will start on 24th August 2020 in order to involve the trainee in the 20th Odysseus Summer School, and last for 6 months with a possible extension of 6 months maximum. The trainee will work as part of a team of three to four persons.

The Research and Project Assistant’s role involves the following tasks:

  • Co-ordinating the Odysseus Network blog: managing,  reading and editing weekly posts, including liaising with contributors, publishing content online, carrying out related promotional activities;
  • Contributing to the co-ordinating the next Odysseus Conference;
  • Contributing to the co-ordinating the development of the Certificate in European Law on immigration and asylum;
  • Drafting the Odysseus Network newsletter;
  • Supporting the development of online databases, including the compilation of EU legislation on immigration and asylum (research, classification);
  • Help managing the Network’s social media accounts, in particular Tweeter;
  • Drafting and disseminating communication material relevant to the activities of the Network;
  • Any other task related to the activities of the Network;

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

  • Master degree in (EU) law (other disciplines such as political science, international relations, European studies will be considered but priority will be given to lawyers), with excellent marks;
  • Knowledge of and interest in EU law and policies on immigration and asylum;
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Proficiency in French is an asset;
  • Knowledge of ICT is an asset: capacity to maintain a website on WordPress and social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and Twitter;
  • Ability to learn how e-learning programmes function;
  • Ability to be proactive, plan and work autonomously;
  • Ability to communicate clearly, easily and quickly;
  • Ability to network and coordinate with a group of people.

What does the Odysseus Network offer during a traineeship?

  • A first valuable professional experience during which you will accomplish diverse tasks with a certain autonomy and under weekly supervision in a multinational team and network;
  • Monitoring of daily developments in EU migration and asylum law regarding legislation, case law and policy;
  • In case time allows, write and publish a blog post with the help of a member of the Odysseus Network;
  • Learn with some help provided by the team how to update a website and run WordPress;
  • Represent from time to time the Odysseus Network at meetings (for instance NGOs coordination) or events (hearings in the European Parliament, workshops organised by think tanks, UNHCR, etc);
  • Liaise with the members of the Odysseus Network who are among the best academics specialised on EU Migration and Asylum Law in Europe;
  • Live and work in the capital of Europe while benefiting from all facilities offered by the ULB (libraries, restaurant, sport, medical service, etc).


  • Participate for free in events organised by the Odysseus Network (such as the 20th Summer School from 24 August to 4 September 2020)
  • Possibility to follow every week the course of Philippe De Bruycker on EU Migration and Asylum Law given in English if your traineeship takes place during the 2nd  semester of the academic year;
  • If you wish to do so outside working hours, supervision to prepare a legal paper for publication in a scientific journal;
  • For high academic performers (meaning you have been among the 10 to 15% of the best students having the highest results during most of your studies), help to prepare a project for a PhD by defining a subject and support as much as possible to find funding in the EU.

Applicants should send their CV and a cover letter in one single PDF file to odysseus@ulb.ac.be, with “Internship Application” in the subject line of the email. The closing date for applications is 15th July 2020 at 11:59pm, but early applications are encouraged. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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