Acumen Public Affairs

Acumen Public Affairs is an independent consultancy set up in 2010 to combine the very best of big agency experience with hands-on senior support. Founding partners Elaine Cruikshanks and Giles Keane have an unrivalled track record in public affairs and strategic communications gained through more than 50 years of working for corporations, governments, trade associations, NGOs and international institutions in Brussels, Geneva and beyond. They relish the opportunity to work in close partnership with their clients and bring the benefits of their expertise and contacts to achieve goals that are both business focused and sustainable.

Sustainability Public Affairs Trainee

Beschreibung des Praktikums

Are you passionate about promoting sustainability, new energies, new technologies? Are you an EU politics nerd? Do you have a passion for communicating, influencing and social media? Would you like to be part of a team of smart, fun, driven, international colleagues? Then we have an amazing opportunity for you! We are looking for new colleagues to join our Sustainability team for a 6-month traineeship which could lead to a long-term contract as a consultant! You will have the opportunity to learn, grow and boost your career! 


What we are looking for:


We are currently looking for a Trainee Consultant to join our Sustainability Team. The role includes daily monitoring of various issues (legislative and non-legislative), conducting background research, drafting newsletters and policy briefings and providing overall support to more senior staff members.



  • EU national or work permit holder
  • Experience gained through previous internship(s) in policy areas related to sustainability (i.e. agriculture, food, transport, energy and environment). Candidates without experience in these sectors will not be considered.
  • Perfect command of English; additional language skills an asset (esp. Italian, French)
  • Knowledge of the EU institutions and legislative processes. Strong planning skills
  • Advanced research and writing skills, including the ability to summarise issues quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to work in a team, whilst at the same time carrying out own tasks independently and to agreed deadlines.
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, ability to work under tight deadlines in an international environment.
  • Knowledge of current developments and trends affecting Acumen and its clients’ businesses.
  • Proficient with IT and new media tools.



  • Previous experience/traineeship in one of the European Institutions
  • Good demonstrated command of social media – experience in organising social media campaigns.
  • Experience in media relations – speaking and pitching to journalists, drafting press releases and/ or opinion pieces.
  • Understanding of the civil society environment in Brussels.


What we offer:

  • A six-month paid traineeship, with opportunities for a long-term contract after the traineeship • A fantastic work environment
  • Training opportunities
  • Opportunities to broaden your network, expand your knowledge and expertise on various sustainability-related topics and fast-track your career


The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of topics and assignments spanning across a unique client portfolio. Our team is delivering services such as monitoring, strategy development, stakeholder mappings, policy audits and issue briefings, social and traditional media relations, trainings and workshops. At Acumen we pride ourselves in our high client retention: this is the outcome of the quality of services we deliver, and the relations we build with our clients. We invite candidates with the following skills and experience to apply for this position.


To apply for this position, please submit your application on-line.


Candidates who have a profile matching what we are looking for will then be contacted for an interview.


We look forward to meeting you!


The Acumen Team


Business Administration, Economics, Wirtschaftsrecht, Wirtschaftsingenieur Umwelt u. Nachhaltigkeit, IBMAN - International Business Management (engl.), IBAEX - International Administration (dt./engl.), DFS - Management International (dt./frz.), MASTER


Wirtschaftsrecht, Wirtschaftsingenieur Umwelt u. Nachhaltigkeit, Marketing, Internationaler Focus


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