Student internships at the AEC Office

Short description of the organisation

The European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), founded in 1953, is the leading voice for higher music education (HME) in Europe, representing a dynamic European cultural and educational network with almost 300 institutions for professional music training in 55 countries (conservatoires, music academies and universities, musikhochschulen, etc.).

As leading voice for HME AEC sees professionally focused arts education as a quest for excellence in three areas: artistic practice; learning and teaching; ­­research and innovation. It seeks to foster these elements and to encourage the diversity and dynamism with which they are pursued in different institutions, countries and regions through the organisation of European projects,  congresses and seminars, exchanges, research and by representing the interests of its members on European, national and international level.

AEC understands and supports music and arts education, together with cultural participation, as central contributors to quality in human life, and inclusive societies founded on democratic values. ­

Each year the AEC organises, in a different European country, the Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators of European Conservatoires and the AEC Annual Congress, with the aim to discuss relevant subjects in the field of higher music education in Europe and to exchange information. There are also events with specific themes, such as the Pop and Jazz Platform in February, or the European Platform on Artistic Research in Music.

As far as projects are concerned, the AEC coordinates since 2018 and until 2021 the project ‘Strengthening Music in Society (AEC-SMS)’ which addresses – among other themes – diversity, learning and teaching, entrepreneurship, and digitisation; AEC is also involved as a partner in various other projects.

Description of the internship

Throughout the year, AEC has two intern positions available, for a period of at least five months. Depending on your skill set and your willingness to learn, you’ll get a chance to develop knowledge and skills in multiple fields. You will:

  • have the chance to assist in the organisation of seminars and conferences in various countries in Europe. This is the opportunity to meet the European network that the AEC represents;
  • assist in the day to day running of the organisation. You will learn about the different aspects of AEC’s work and collaborate with the entire team;
  • get your own project linked to the work of AEC and also to your own interest. This project can include qualitative and quantitative research, be linked to the organisation of a certain event or to assisting one of AEC’s expert working groups with their work.

Next to the tasks above that are shared between both interns, you can choose between two different profiles with distinctive tasks.

Communication and Advocacy intern

You will gather news, data and information from our members and shape it into content suitable for publications, our website and social media. You will assess how to share content from within and outside the network through different communication channels. You will assist with the implementation of the communication strategy and with its improvement, for example by monitoring statistics. To improve our visibility to partners and policy makers, you will monitor important developments in the policy field on different levels (e.g. European Commission, European Parliament, EACEA, national governments, partners). If you are interested in social media and other communication channels as well as in policy development, this is the position for you.

Project and Membership management intern

You will work and communicate with experts and people throughout the entire AEC network all over Europe, including the AEC Council which is responsible for the long-term strategy of the AEC. You will assist our expert working groups (for example one of SMS project working groups) with organising meetings, preparing publications and reports. Moreover, you will assist the AEC Office and Project Coordinators with the overall management of the office and of the various projects. This includes contributing to the financial administration of the project, AEC and of the membership. If you feel at ease with dealing with 300 institutions, coordinating projects, asking the right questions and bringing people together, this is the position for you.


Becoming an intern at AEC means an international work environment in Brussels, which requires an open and communicative approach. An intern should be able to adapt quickly to different situations, feel comfortable dealing with a wide range of tasks and with working in a team. A high level of English is required; knowledge of French, German or Italian is an asset.

This internship is highly suitable for students in cultural management courses, European studies, communication studies, social studies, or related humanities programmes, wanting to have experience in working in a cultural organisation on European level and in working with European funding programmes in education and culture.

Please note that an internship agreement between the intern, the higher education institution/university and the AEC has to be provided for the duration of the internship. The intern therefore needs to be still studying while doing the internship. 

Other information

Candidates can contact the AEC directly by sending a short CV and a motivation letter. The ideal length of the internship is six months, but this can be discussed.

An internship fee of 500€/month is provided, as well as a small compensation for travel costs based on the distance between the work place and the residence in Brussels.

Contact person: Barbara Lalić, AEC Office and Project Coordinator

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