Brussels Correspondent, Charged Affairs

About YPFP:

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 10,000+ selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies. 

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy journal. The journal brings together an editorial and writing team that publishes on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad. Articles range from opinion articles to interviews and book reviews, and the journal prides itself on being a place for original analysis and perspectives.

Position Description:

The core of Charged Affairs’ publishing is the dedicated team of Staff Writers. The Brussels Correspondent is a Charged Affairs Staff Writer based in Brussels, Belgium who reports on European and EU politics and policy, transatlantic relations, and takes advantage of opportunities in Brussels to bring a unique insider perspective on these topics to our global audience. The Brussels Correspondent is encouraged to be an active participant in YPFP Brussels programs and activities and to seek out interview opportunities connected to those programs and events. The Correspondent will also actively promote Charged Affairs content to their networks to help expand the journal’s transatlantic audience.

As a Staff Writer, you would be expected to produce one article every three weeks on topics of your choice within the broader thematic scope outlined above. You’d work closely with US-based editors to perfect your piece and to connect with opportunities like book reviews and interviews.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Produce one article every three weeks on topics like EU politics and policy, European politics, and transatlantic relations.
  • Work through the editorial process in a timely fashion and adhere to the publishing schedule.
  • Take initiative and interest in opportunities like interviews and book reviews.
  • Promote Charged Affairs content.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience and interest in writing about foreign affairs/policy topics, particularly those related to European and EU affairs
  • Strong background in international affairs
  • Excellent writing ability and a superb grasp of written English
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work with editors to adhere to a schedule
  • Openness to editorial input and a desire to improve your written work
  • Willingness to promote the work of your colleagues who will in turn promote your own work
  • Desire to grow professionally and personally as a writer and foreign policy expert
  • Detail oriented and prompt response to emails

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of Brussels, Belgium
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA Brussels Correspondent Application” in the subject line.