EUD is searching for an Intern in August

03 Jun 2010

Short Term Placement

 Research Assistant – European Union of the Deaf

August 2010 – 3 weeks

EUD is seeking a Research Assistant for the period 2 August 2010 to 20 August 2010 (time period negotiable from end July to beginning of September).

The successful candidate will work in a small team and research EU and Member State legal instruments and texts with reference to sign language/s. The results will be used in the soon to be published book ‘Sign Language Legislation in Europe’, by EUD.

Main duties:
  • Assisting in the research of current national level legislation of EU Member States;
  • Specifically, laws and regulations that mention or refer to sign languages;
  • Liaising with external experts and sign linguists;
  • Helping in preparing summaries and other background material through desk research.

Qualifications & personal qualities:

  • Recent university graduate or working towards a degree relevant to human rights, law, international politics, Deaf Studies or sign linguistic fields.
  • Fluency in at least one sign language and English (written);
  • Working knowledge of additional European languages (preferably those from Eastern Europe) considered highly;
Desired attributes:
  • An understanding of how legislation works across Europe and at national levels;
  • Good organisational, team and social skills;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, reliability.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a small multinational team.
Contract details:

EUD is offering a 3 week unpaid placement in an NGO environment. A billeting option is currently being investigated and if organised will be offered to the successful candidate.


Selected candidates will be shortlisted and should be available to be interviewed on Skype early in July.

Further information:

Applications are to be made in English and submitted by email. Candidates who meet the above requirements should send a cover letter (up to 2 pages) together with a CV to Executive Director - Mark Wheatley: mark.wheatley(at)

Cover letter to address the following points:
  • Your suitability for and interest in such a placement at EUD;
  • Previous research experience (university or work experience);

Please mention in the subject line: WORKEXP-Aug

Deadline for applications: Friday 2 July 2010

EUD is an equal opportunity employer, is a signing office environment and strongly encourages Deaf people to apply. 


The full job description can be downloaded here