What we do
We’re not big fans of jargon or buzz words but we’ll use one (made-up) word now – “poli-tech”. It’s a good description of not only the business but the management team at One Policy Place. We founded OPP in Berlin and our first office was on the edge of the political district and the startup scene. We straddle both worlds – we are a political information business and we believe in using technology to help our users. We’re now based in a startup hub in Brussels called ICAB. We’re still in walking distance from the political district.
We love engaging politically and we’re regularly inspired by the ‘can do’ attitude of the startups we interact with in London, Berlin and Brussels. We also use Startups as suppliers – SlackHQ being a good example, as we don’t use e-mail to communicate internally. We’re always looking for ways to improve how we work. This is your chance to be part of a business that wants to transform how the policy community all over the world access EU information.
As a Policy Intern with a focus on German and EU policy, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of work as part of a growing business. With a keen eye for detail, bags of energy, and a can-do attitude, you’ll enjoy juggling multiple tasks. You’ll have native-level German, with a good standard of English, and a strong knowledge of the EU political system.
What you’ll do
You’ll learn how to monitor and analyse German EU policy on a daily basis to keep our clients informed of legislative developments as they happen. You’ll use your policy knowledge to help create our popular daily and weekly e-mails and special reports, as well as being active on our social media channels. We’ll also train you to write concise summaries of policy debates. Full professional proficiency in German is therefore a must.
Skills you’ll demonstrate
You’ll have an understanding of the German political system and a passion for policy as well as politics.
We’re looking for policy and client-focussed team players and you’ll need to remain calm under pressure. In practice, this means you enjoy helping people and will be excited by the idea of learning fast on your feet and taking on responsibility quickly. You’ll naturally look for solutions rather than problems.
You’ll have an analytical mind and enjoy ‘joining up the dots’ between policy areas. A positive attitude at this stage of your career is more important than experience, although we would expect you to demonstrate an understanding of the EU legislative process and have a passion for policy that goes beyond your studies. You’ll enjoy being part of a small team and be sociable.
You’ll be able to demonstrate independence through your previous paid work experience (part-time is fine – our Co-Founders have worked in shops, supermarkets, bowling alleys, and call centres).
For this internship position we are more interested in your character and how you learn rather than where you studied.
OPP is a young policy focussed startup that was founded in 2014 in Germany. We’ve grown from two people with an idea working out of Berlin, to a successful, highly-respected, and established player in Brussels. Our clients include global corporations, global consultancies, global and European trade associations, NGOs, think tanks and high-profile academic institutions.
Our management team have a wealth of experience on both the commercial and policy side of the public affairs industry, spanning three European capitals.
Your working environment
You’ll be based in a state-of-the-art warehouse with other startups and SMEs so you’ll have the opportunity to build a network beyond the EU policy community. You’ll need a mature approach to work as you’ll enjoy the concept of self-management and strive to consistently exceed expectations. We’ll support you every step of the way. You’ll also love change.
Have you got what it takes?
If so, please send us a motivational letter of no more than 150 words explaining why we should invite you to an interview, along with your CV. You’ll need to write directly to us rather than send a generic covering letter.
Start date: 2018
Duration: 12 months
How to apply: firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements: You must be eligible to work in the EU.
Application deadline: Friday 1st December 2017.