Administration and Operations Trainee

Administration and Operations Traineeships for Media Literacy Org

Are you a recent graduate looking for a Brussels-based traineeship? Here’s a chance to join our award-winning team that tackles disinformation in Europe every day. News literacy organisation Lie Detectorsis hiring trainees for meaningful work as part of our project to promote media literacy and take on disinformation. You must have drive, an eye for detail and be fluent in English plus French. Our traineeships are for a minimum of four months and are full-time. We are currently recruiting trainees for a November- December 2021 start date. Traineeships are being filled on a rolling basis and applications will be stored for up to four months.  

Lie Detectors is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Lie Detectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.  

Lie Detectors strives to maintain a healthy work/life balance for its team.  



  • Participate in the administrative and operational functions which support our mission of turning schoolchildren into powerful critical thinkers. 
  • Support the positive professional outreach of our teams in Belgium. 
  • Complete administrative tasks (word-processing, reporting, filing of documents, PowerPoint presentation, scheduling, etc.). 
  • Enter and process the vital feedback we receive from participating students to facilitate our analysis and advocacy work (data entry) 
  • Achieve agreed personal targets and contribute to those of the team as a whole 
  • Manage journalist schedules, coordinate class starts at multiple locations, and manage materials. 
  • Correspond by email with journalists and teachers in English plus French. 
  • Potentially co-moderate digital visits of journalists into classrooms. 
  • Independently conduct internet research in English plus French. 
  • Maintain an orderly database, enforce order in our filing system. 
  • Following meetings on a ad hoc basis and writing minutes.  



  • Studies towards or completed a Bachelor’s or similar degree/work experience in Communications, Journalism, Education, Government, or related fields. 
  • Demonstrated interest in journalism, education, and media literacy. 
  • Professional fluency in English plus French. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Dynamic and pro-active. 
  • Detail-oriented and highly organised. 
  • Familiarity with MS Office. 
  • Familiarity with contact databases such as Salesforce. 
  • Ability to work independently from a home office. 
  • Available full-time from December 2021. 
  • Commitment of at least 4 months. 
  • Familiarity with education and/or media in Belgium a plus. 


  • A confident written communicator in English plus French. 
  • A confident oral communicator to potentially co-moderate classroom visits. 


  • A confident communicator and researcher in English, plus French. 
  • A detail-oriented and structured thinker able to maintain orderly systems. 


We offer: 

  • Meaningful work having an impact on a globally timely topic. 
  • Rich onboarding programme, to understand the general activities of the organisation and delivering operational services to the organisation 
  • An exciting international workplace. 
  • Dynamic team. 
  • Full support for a COVID-safe home office until we return to our office 
  • Opportunities to learn new skills. 
  • Opportunities to learn about the fields of journalism, education and public policy. 
  • A paid traineeship. 


If you’re right for the role, email us at 

with the subject “TRAINEE” today! 

Application for December 2021 recruitment:  21st November 2021 


About Lie Detectors: 

Our award-winning organisation aims to turn schoolchildren in Europe aged 10-15 into powerful lie detectors and critical thinkers in a world increasingly populated by propaganda and distorted facts online, empowering them to understand news media, make informed choices and resist peer pressure as they assemble their worldview. 

  • To turn working journalists and selected media experts into active participants in the drive for news literacy, creating positive contact between journalists and children as well as their teachers. 
  • To attune teachers to digital media risks, to the tools available to counter it, and to the benefits and relevance of further classroom discussion of a topic often relegated to IT lessons and after-school clubs. 
  • To create memorable classroom experiences and lasting awareness of children’s own participation in social networks; to propel pupils into an ongoing conversation of news consumption and verifying news. 
  • To provide a link between schools and the very best existing news-literacy and news-verification initiatives. 
  • To influence educational policy-making through continued public speaking in varied fora, advocating for the systematic uptake and inclusion of news literacy in the curricula of teacher-training colleges and classrooms across Europe, as urged by Unesco and OECD. As part of this remit, Lie Detectors has served as a member of the EU’s High Level Group on Fake News, advising the European Commission on how to tackle the spread and socio-economic impact of disinformation. 


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