Job Vacancy - Policy and Communications Internship
Policy and Communications Internship
EUFAMI - Leuven, Belgium
EUFAMI was founded in 1992 after a congress, which took place in 1990 in De Haan, Belgium, where carers from all over Europe shared their experiences of helplessness and frustration when living with severe mental illness. They resolved to work together to help both themselves and the people they cared for.EUFAMI is a democratic organisation, registered in Belgium as an international non-profit organisation. We have an ongoing commitment to improving care and welfare for people affected by mental ill health. We also enable our member organisations to act jointly at a European Level, combining their efforts and sharing experience.
Policy and advocacy are not only topics to be studied at the university. We offer creative students the chance to get to know the world of EU lobbying “on the job”. The work of EUFAMI takes place in an exciting European environment. The main focus is to promote the interests of families of people with mental ill health towards the European Institutions and the World Health Organisation.
This implies monitoring EU and WHO policies, working with a very broad set of communication strategies. The intern is entrusted with a range of responsible tasks, which include:
· policy monitoring and communication;
· network with EU officials and MEPs;
· attend events at the European Parliament, European Commission and other locations;
· participate in Interest Groups meetings and policy roundtables at the European Parliament;
· prepare responses to relevant EU public consultations and draft position papers;
· support the team with administrative duties.
The length of the internship can range from 3 to 9 months.Start: September
Degree in Political, European or International Studies or similar;
Very good spoken and written English (C1 level for both), Dutch and/or French is a strong asset as are any Eastern European languages.
Required qualifications and experiences
Knowledge of European politics and the European decision-making processes, but (more important) willingness to learn more about it;
Confirmed interest in information and communication tools;
Interest in complex political connections;
Distinct communicative and diplomatic skills;
Strong organisational and multitasking skills;
Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines.
This is an unpaid internship. You will be insured and provided with a workstation. Any costs for work-related travel will be reimbursed.
How to apply?
Deadline for applications: 14 July 2016
Notification: 15 July 2016
Interviews by Skype or in person: 18-19-20 July 2016
Application must contain
A cover letter written in English specifying why you would like to join EUFAMI and when you could start your voluntary internship;
A CV in English.