COMMUNICATIONS AND PROJECTS INTERN

IMBA Europe is seeking to recruit a fulltime Communications and Projects Intern to support our activities, starting mid-January 2024 for a period of 6 months.

IMBA Europe is the umbrella for national and regional mountain bike advocacy groups, trail associations, trail builders, MTB regions and bicycle industry partners, spread over more than 20 EU countries. We aim to grow mountain biking through promoting our sport as accessible, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable.

This vacancy is an opportunity to work in an international, dynamic environment, to take active part in the day-to-day running of activities, have a chance to improve your communication skills. We also offer an opportunity for you to deepen your understanding of what is happening in the EU bubble and how advocacy work is done. Ideally, IMBA Europe is looking for someone who can start working by mid-January 2024.

This is a paid traineeship based at Cycling Industries Europe office in Brussels. This internship is part of a collaboration between CIE and IMBA Europe where the intern will also benefit from working with the experienced EU Policy Team of CIE.

APPLICATION PROCESS

A CV together with a covering letter expanding on the application for the post should be sent in confidence using the email address info@imba-europe.com  by close of business on Friday 22nd December 2023.

MORE INFORMATION

WHO WE ARE

IMBA Europe is the umbrella for national and regional mountain bike advocacy groups, trail associations, trail builders, MTB regions and bicycle industry partners, spread over more than 20 EU countries.  IMBA Europe aims to grow mountain biking through promoting our sport as accessible, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. We want to see more people discovering the joy of mountain biking in natural spaces, and the associated mental and physical benefits this can bring to their lives. Supporting cycling friendly communities through the development of sustainable MTB infrastructure has proven to boost local & regional economies, reduce climate impact and encourage an environment conscious lifestyle. Access to sustainable mountain bike and shared-use trails for all people across Europe is fundamental to getting more people on bikes.  We are advocating for more trails close to home, which is key in inspiring more people to be outside and active on an everyday basis, as well as unlocking mountain biking to a more diverse audience.

Besides representing mountain biking interest at the EU level, IMBA Europe’s role is being the knowledge hub and education centre for mountain biking. This translates into the organization of an annual European mountain bike conference, various expert groups, participation in Erasmus + projects and providing training opportunities in the field of sustainable trail building.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TRAINEE

  • Supporting the team in communications activities (website, soc.media presence, newsletter, campaigns)
  • Supporting communication & dissemination activities of Erasmus + projects
  • Promotion and organisational support of the IMBA Europe Summit 2024
  • Content development for IMBA’s Take Care of Your Trails campaign
  • Assist with the writing of policy papers
  • Co-creation of a MTB dashboard (includes monitoring & desk research)
  • Support online advocacy training for member organisations & webinars for network partners
  • Contribute to the re-design and proposition of IMBA’s trail building school program

PROFILE

  • Proactive, flexible, and responsible team player with an ability to multitask
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office software, database & IT skills
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Understanding of EU policy and institutions
  • Thrives in a multicultural environment
  • Good social media and design skills are an asset.
  • Fluent in English, both oral and written; other European languages advantageous.
  • Be legally allowed to work in Belgium
  • Strong interest in mountain biking / outdoor sports, nature conservation and public affairs is an asset.

Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions are indicative and will be confirmed during the recruitment process. No detail expressed here can be considered part of a traineeship offer and all terms are determined by the Belgian employment law in force during the period of employment. This is a fee-paid traineeship (according to the ‘Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle’ from Bruxelles Formation).

We reserve the right not to make an appointment based on this current advertisement and to re-advertise on our terms.

We apologise, but due to limited capacity only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

This is a full-time position for six months.

Hours and location

  • The vacancy is now, therefore we hope successful candidates will be available to start no later than January 2024.
  • Candidates must have the legal right to live and take a traineeship in Belgium.
  • The trainee is expected to attend key events and meetings in Brussels, Bruges, the Netherlands and in other countries on an occasional basis.
  • IMBA EU’s work at home policies have been developed during the period of the COVID 19 pandemic, in line with their own needs and Belgian regulations. Trainees currently have the option to work at home some or all of their working week.