Internship offer: Policy & Communications Trainee



Policy & Communications Traineeship

EUFAMI – Leuven, Belgium



Background information

EUFAMI was founded in 1992 to support families affected by mental ill health. We are committed to promoting the rights of and improving care for people affected by mental health problems. EUFAMI develops programmes and resources supporting families affected by severe mental ill health and the organisations representing them across Europe. We enable our member organisations to act jointly at a European Level, combining their efforts, linking up information and support services, sharing best practices, and are active in advocacy and campaigning.



Internship opportunity

We offer creative applicants 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 affected by mental ill health towards the European Institutions and the World Health Organisation. This implies monitoring and analysis of EU and WHO policies, representation and working through various communication channels. Part of a dynamic and international team of 3 staff and 2 trainees, you will also have the chance to work closely with the Secretary General providing personalised administrative support in a well-organized and timely manner.


The intern is entrusted with a range of responsible tasks, which include:

  • policy monitoring;
  • hands-on experience with project work;
  • networking with EU officials and MEPs;
  • attending events at the European Parliament, European Commission and other locations when required;
  • drafting responses to relevant EU public consultations; drafting position papers; conducting research and present findings
  • producing documents, briefing papers, reports, and presentations;
  • supporting the Secretary General in organising and maintaining diaries; keeping track of appointments; assisting with incoming emails etc.

Specific requirements

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;

Strong organisational and multitasking skills;

Interest in complex political connections;

Distinct communicative and diplomatic skills;

Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines.

Good organisational and time management skills are a must have!

Important information

This is an unpaid, voluntary internship. You will be insured and provided with a workstation. Any costs for work-related travel will be reimbursed.


How to apply?

Please submit your CV, motivation letter and a 250 word essay on the topic of family involvement in treating mental ill health via email containing subject “Internship Application” addressed to Ms. Aagje Ieven, Secretary General, e-mail:



Rolling application process.

The length of the internship is six months.

Start date: 28th August




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