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We are a looking for a Policy Assistant!

EASPD is looking for an intern to assist the Policy team to start in July 2017


Job description

We are looking for a junior profile willing to complete his/her ongoing studies with an exciting working experience in EASPD’s headquarters, in Brussels. The Intern will work directly with and under the supervision of EASPD’s Policy Manager and in close cooperation with other members of the Policy team. The work would involve covering a broad variety of topics:

  • EASPD’s annual conferences and events.
  • European semester, with specific emphasis on investment policies in the social sector.
  • The financing of social services, looking at both European Structural Funds and the European Fund for Strategic Investment.
  • European Social Dialogue and improving the attractiveness of the sector for young professionals.
  • The implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Expected tasks:

  • Support the organisation of EASPD’s annual conferences and events
  • Support and prepare the work done in the Policy Impact Group (position papers, briefings, coordination, administration, etc.) and in the Standing Committee on Inclusive Living
  • Help to monitor –and respond to– policy developments in the European Commission and Parliament
  • Assist in the management and administration of European projects, notably the PESSIS III project
  • Attend and represent EASPD at external meetings in Brussels and possibly abroad.

Persons with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply for the position.

Qualifications/Skills/Experience Required


  • University degree (Minimum 3 years of higher education) in Human Rights, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Communications, or similar degree.

Skills required

  • Strong interest in learning about and taking part in the European Union’s policy-making processes; in particular on issues related to social affairs and human rights
  • A basic understanding of the European Union and its functioning, as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its principles or willingness to learn about this
  • Proven experience in the organisation of events
  • Proven experience in policy analysis
  • Excellent writing skills in English (other languages are an asset)
  • Proven ability to work successfully both independently and in a team
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and Social Media tools.


Terms of the contract

  • Minimum 35 hours / week and based in Brussels (BE), flexible hours possible and to be negotiated;
  • No   remuneration   will   be   provided,   but   the Intern will   have   a   reimbursement of €100/month;
  • Minimum 6 months internship;
  • The preferred starting date is the end of June 2017.

Application procedure

  • Candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to Ms Sabrina Ferraina The motivation letter should concisely describe how the candidate responds to each of the skills required in no longer than one page.  
  • The deadline for applications is 26th June 2017. Interviews will take place on the first week of July 2017 either in person or on skype.
  • Due to the number of applications we expect to receive; only selected candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview.