Currently we are not looking for interns, the next recruitment will be around November 2021.
In the meantime we encourage you to also investigate options at our ‘sister’ organisations. For more details, use the links below.
Previous Interns’ Testimonials
Intern in Brussels, February – June 2020
My name is Anna and I was the Project Management and Fundraising intern at WFTO-Europe for four months. During this time, I was able to gain a lot of insights into the tasks of a small NGO and got to know multiple areas of work of the organisation. From day one I was valued as an important member of the team and received a lot of responsibilities and diverse tasks to work on. My supervisor Mikkel was very supportive and always gave me the chance to clarify any questions I might had or helped me when I needed support. However, the work in a small NGO requires you to work independently, take decisions and to have a good time management to juggle different upcoming priorities. My internship at WFTO-E enabled me to gain experience in an international team and to better understand processes within an NGO. Moreover, I was able to learn how to how advocacy on a European level works, I collaborated with other organisations and helped designing different publications and WFTO’s social media strategy.
Doing my internship during the global COVID-19 pandemic made some planned activities impossible and unfortunately various meetings and conferences in Brussels were cancelled which I would have otherwise attended on behalf of WFTO. Nevertheless, I was able to do most of my work remotely and I also learned a lot about self-motivation and efficient ways of working during this unusual and unplanned situation.
Working for a mission-led organisation was one of my main priorities when looking for an internship. Experiencing the commitment to Fair Trade of the WFTO members, the team and the whole community was truly inspiring. Being engaged in the Fair Trade movement gave me a better understanding of alternative ways of doing business and how enterprises can remain viable while putting people and planet over profits.
I can highly recommend this internship to anyone looking for a challenging internship in a small NGO driven by a strong purpose. You should not be afraid of multiple responsibilities and have an independent way of working. Additionally, a proactive attitude is of great advantage as you have the possibility to engage further in the areas of work which interest you the most. I am thankful for my time at WFTO-E and all the experiences I was able to make!
Intern in Brussels, January – July 2019
“WFTO-Europe is the perfect place for students or young professionals to enhance their career. My internship here was an incredibly fruitful experience that allowed me to develop and improve so many skills while at the same time working in a very pleasant and respectful atmosphere.
I was the Communication & Outreach Assistant for six months, which included many different and enjoyable tasks that fostered my creativity and my communication skills. Working on the communication strategy and on the varying tasks connected with it was a great chance to develop new concepts, contribute my own ideas and opinion, and at the same time learning about WFTO, its principles and its values. The outreach component of my internship allowed me to improve my networking skills and get to know many of the different member organisations of this great network.
The level of commitment to the Fair Trade movement at WFTO-Europe and among its members is admirable and truly inspiring. Working here has really fostered my belief in Fair Trade and I hope to see it grow more and more over the next years.
It was an honor to be part of the team.”
Intern in Brussels, September – December 2018
“Interning at WFTO-Europe was the best first professional experience. It was an amazing learning process where I acquired useful skills and got the chance to attend and participate in interesting events. Even though I was the project management and fundraising intern I also got the chance to collaborate in the communication aspects of the organization.
I am more than ever enthusiastic about the fair trade movement, I am convinced it is a great tool to fight inequalities regarding, not only income disparities, but tackling a variety of issues affecting our societies. WFTO-Europe is part of a network composed of a great number of European fair trade actors, this internship gave me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge on the functioning and organization of the fair trade movement as a whole.
Friendly small office and lots of fair trade chocolate are waiting for you at WFTO-Europe!”
Intern in Brussels, September – December 2018
“I have been part of the WFTO-Europe team working as a communication monitoring and membership assistant. In particular, I have experienced a great worldwide network of people sharing knowledge and expertise, raising awareness of fair trade practices. I have witnessed words becoming actions and I am glad I have been one of the actors of the fair trade boosting, giving a small impact by developing new communication strategies. WFTO is a pro-active organization, realizing concrete activities aimed at giving dignity to North and South producers. This experience has truly enriched my background and I am quite satisfied with my time inside the organization. By working on the issue, I have understood that more than the big organizations, the great contributors of Fair Trade are single people choosing to buy quality and not quantity.
It was a great honor to be part of such great organization engaged in the achievement of fair trade principles for a more sustainable world.”
Intern in Brussels, March – August 2018
“Doing my internship for the end of my Master degree at WFTO-Europe was a great experience! I warmly suggest it to all students from any degree willing to discover the world of an international NGOs active in sustainable development.
It will be a unique chance to see how an organisation composed by members of different nationalities works and interacts with them. As Membership Assistant, I got to know many engaged organisations all over Europe and I acquired a deep understanding of the way the Fair Trade movement in Europe is shaped. I also learnt how to use communication channels such website and newsletter to speak out about fair trade and related topics.
In addition, working and living in a multicultural environment such Brussels enhanced my adaptability and improved my English. I had several opportunities to attend external events, especially in European Institutions (European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, EC Info Point), which was simply great (not all the organisations encourage interns to attend events on their behalf!).
The atmosphere in the office was always relaxed and pleasant, thanks to passionate colleagues keeping your motivation high. I really liked being free to independently organise my workload and I always felt supported whenever I had initiatives.
I will definitely miss working here and I’ll keep very good memories about this period!”
Intern in Brussels, February – July 2018
“This internship was an incredible experience and I feel so lucky that my first experience of working in a professional non-profit environment was done at WFTO-Europe. Having the chance to work half a year in a small team for an NGO means to do a bit of everything but also to have the responsibility to manage some pretty important and exacting tasks, where you have to be proactive, take an initiative, be determined to realize all your ideas and to follow through even when something doesn’t go as planned.
As a ‘Project management and fundraising intern’, I had the chance to work for example on campaigns for World Fair Trade Day, International Women’s Day, to prepare and publish the WFTO-Europe Annual Report 2017/18, to support and collaborate on project applications and concept notes. I helped with the organization of our Biennial conference and I was also creating content for our social media and campaigns.
I have met and worked with many amazing and inspiring people from (not only) the European Fair Trade movement and attended several really great events where all the topics I have had learned during my studies were discussed – but suddenly have become so much more interesting and important. And, of course, it was a great opportunity to apply my language skills and improve their level, be independent, get out of my comfort zone and get the most out of a francophone and multicultural city such as Brussels – with all the perks and cons it offers. Thanks to this internship I have realized how is Fair Trade important and how development is such a complex and interdisciplinary field and how there is still so much to learn.
To sum up, I would definitely recommend this internship to someone who is interested in Fair Trade and development – not only because of the knowledge I have learned or improved but also for the great people at the office.”
Intern in Brussels, July 2017 – January 2018
“Working at WFTO-Europe was my first professional experience abroad and it was a great start. I’ve had the chance to confront my previously gained experience with the professional and international environment at WFTO-Europe, which allowed me to see my skills and my future career in much clearer perspective.
I’ve met very interesting and inspiring people with different backgrounds and different experience, from whom I could have learnt every day. I broadened my horizons and deepened my knowledge not only about Fair Trade but also about many other issues connected.
As part of my job at WFTO-Europe I had the chance to learn more about fundraising and different funding opportunities, organize multiple events of different scale, or get in touch with people from organizations based all over Europe.
Overall it was truly valuable experience from a professional as well as personal perspective. I would definitely recommend it to anybody who’s looking for an experience in non-profit sector on international level.”
Intern in Brussels, July 2017 – January 2018
“Working for WFTO-Europe was a great experience learning what it’s like working in an international professional setting!
My communications skills greatly improved from working with people from all over Europe (and beyond) on a daily basis. Not only did this improve me professionally, but it was enjoyable and I made many new connections I hope to work with again someday.
In addition, because it’s a smaller organisation, there is plenty of opportunities to gain experience in multiple areas beyond just those of your internship. I was the Communications and Membership & Monitoring Intern, but I also helped with some of the fundraising and I helped translate a grant report- which not only was great to learn how to do, but also looks impressive on my CV!
The office environment is great as well, and the permanent staff are friendly and caring. They definitely work to help you get the most out of your experience with WFTO-Europe. Overall, it was definitely a great experience (and the location certainly helps!), I would recommend it to anyone looking to get into ethical commerce and European non-profit work.”
Intern in Brussels, January 2017 – July 2017
“I had the pleasure of working for WFTO-Europe as an intern and I had a truly incredible experience in the past 6 months. Working for a small organization granted me the opportunity to contribute to the organization’s performance in many different areas where I could develop my professional skills to a further extent by exploring different fields or work within the organization.
I acquired knowledge about the Fair Trade movement and I attended several EU events where I could gain insight on different topics related to International Development. What I liked the most about this internship was the fact that I had a coach who guided me through the different tasks but who would still ensure I carried out my job autonomously.
I would recommend this internship to anyone who is looking for a challenging job and willing to learn more about business ethics and worldwide issues!”
Intern in Brussels, July 2016 – January 2017
“My experience as an intern at WFTO-Europe was truly rewarding.
Being part of a small team and working together on a day-to-day basis allowed me to explore a variety of different tasks: from managing a network of almost 90 European Fair Trade organizations to developing several communication strategies so as to raise awareness about the Fair Trade Principles.
However, what I liked the most was the approach of this office to its interns: I never felt disregarded by my team and my opinion was valued and always appreciated. The feedback received from my coordinator was extremely constructive and the synergy between the three of us gave me the chance to complete my tasks in autonomy and with enthusiasm.
If what you are looking for is a rewarding but the same time demanding experience in an international environment where you can develop both professionally as well as a person, then I would highly recommend an internship here at WFTO-Europe.
I am definitely going to miss working here!”
Read the testimonials of our previous interns here.