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Policy Assistant (internship)

EASPD is looking for an intern to assist the Policy team



The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) represents over 12,000 social and health service provider organisations across Europe and across disability. The main objective of EASPD is to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems, as based on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
More information about EASPD is available at

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 international conferences
  • European semester, with specific emphasis on developing inclusive labour markets
  • 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

Expected tasks:

  • Support the organisation of EASPD policy events in cooperation with the EU institutions
  • Support and prepare the work done in the Policy Impact Group (position papers, briefings, coordination, administration, etc), in the permanent working groups on Inclusive Living, Education and Employment
  • Help to monitor – and respond to – policy developments in the European Commission and Parliament
  • Assist in the management and administration of European projects

Persons with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply for the position.
Qualifications/Skills/Experience Required

  • University degree (Minimum 3 years of higher education) in Political Sciences, International Relations, 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 and preferably of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its principles
  • Proven experience in the organisation of events
  • Proven experience in policy analysis
  • Excellent writing skills in English (other languages are an asset)
  • Ability to work successfully both independently and in a team
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Social Media tools.

Terms of the contract

  • Part time or full time position available 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.

Application procedure

  • Candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to Ms Sabrina Ferraina The motivation letter should concisely describe in bullet points how the candidate responds to each of the skills required in no longer than one page.
  • Interviews will take place 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