Economics Internship - Transport & Competition

Economics Internship - Transport & Competition

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is currently seeking a motivated intern to support its Economics and Legal units.

Main responsibilities:

The Economics intern Transport & Competition will be positioned in the CER Economics and Legal units. The intern’s main responsibility will be literature and case research, data gathering and data analysis in the field of transport economics as well as competition economics in the transport sector, with the aim of contributing to CER’s policy activities:

  • Review and assess the decision-making practice and emerging developments in competition policy, regulation and transport economics and their potential impact on the railway business;
  • Undertake evidence-based analysis (literature and case reviews, surveys, interviews) to support ongoing and future CER policy activities;
  • Act as CER’s data scientist by delivering facts, figures and analytical insights;
  • Draft supporting papers, briefings, essays and other materials on transport economics, as well as competition policy and regulation in the transport sector, to support CER’s policy work;
  • Contribute to ad-hoc studies and reports;
  • Support CER's Economics and Legal Working Groups with regular updates regarding economic and competition developments;
  • Work on relevant policy topics with respect to (inter-modal) competition and State aid;
  • Provide content to CER publications, in particular the weekly Monitor and the quarterly Economic Briefing.

Main requirements:

What kind of person are we looking for?

  • You have a strong interest in EU transport, climate and energy policies;
  • Some experience in applied economic research would be a plus;
  • You are able to work independently and as a part of a multinational team.

What skills do you have?

  • Excellent analytical skills and a good understanding of economic research methods;
  • Detail-oriented approach combined with keeping to tight deadlines;
  • Critical-thinking skills;
  • Full professional proficiency in English with excellent writing skills;
  • Excellent presentation skills;
  • A flexible and proactive attitude to work;
  • Good interpersonal skills


  • The applicant should have a post-graduate degree in economics
  • Specific focus on Competition topics is desirable
  • The applicant must be available to work for a period of 6 months

Work permit

  • The applicant must have the legal authorisation to work in Belgium.

What's in it for you?

  • A paid, six-month vocational internship (CIP/BIO) based in our office in Brussels
  • A contribution to accommodation costs, meal vouchers and a 100% reimbursement of public transport travel costs
  • A challenging international job in a small, dynamic, young and multinational team.
  • Working with a network of around 35+ multinational corporations and 40+ European National Partner Organisations across 32 countries on several different projects
  • An excellent learning opportunity as well as a possibility for professional growth for a recent graduate who is interested in CER, as well as dealing with railway undertakings and their national associations

How to apply  

To apply, please send your CV and maximum one-page cover letter in English by e-mail to


The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) brings together close to 70 railway undertakings, their national associations as well as infrastructure managers and vehicle leasing companies. CER members represent 78% of the European rail network length, 81% of the European freight business and 94% of rail passenger operations in Europe.
CER’s role is to represent the interests of its members on the EU policy-making scene, in particular to support an improved business and regulatory environment for European railway operators and railway infrastructure companies.