As a Policy Intern with a focus on EU policy, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of work as part of a growing business. You’ll have perfect written English as we produce written summaries of policy debates in almost real-time. Attention to detail and being organised are critical. You won’t turn up late to work – we start everyday at 9am with a team meeting. This won’t be the first time you have done paid work.
You’ll already have a strong knowledge of the EU legislative process and previous workplace skills are essential. However, how you learn rather than what you can memorise is more important for life at OPP.
What you’ll do
You’ll be trained how to monitor (and eventually analyse) EU policy on a daily basis to keep our clients informed of legislative developments as they happen. Real-time monitoring requires grit and determination as well as a love of policy. You’ll be keen to read policy documents on a daily basis.
We’ll train you to write concise summaries of policy debates. You’ll also assist with the creation of our popular daily and weekly emails and special reports, as well as playing a support role on our social media channels.
Skills you’ll demonstrate
Full professional proficiency in English is a must. Both written and speaking.
You’ll have an understanding of political systems and a passion for policy. You’ll enjoy reading policy documents and tracking the legislative procedure. Striving for consistency at all times, you’ll be the person at Uni who people asked to proofread their work.
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 confidence in your own ability.
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). You’ll be confident but you won’t have an ego.
For this internship position we are as interested in your character and how you learn as where you studied. We do expect Masters level education as standard. A European Studies MA is obviously an advantage as you’ll hit the ground running.
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. As well as self-funding the business and bootstrapping we’re raised funds from private investors and have been backed by an international banking company.
Your working environment
You’ll be based in a house full of people working in the industry where you’re able to see the European Parliament. When you are not in the office, you’ll be out networking in the Brussels bubble, attending events, and inviting people over for coffee. 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 all support you every step of the way.
Have you got what it takes?
If you have read this and ticked every box you should be a high-achiever. Top interns at OPP now have full-time jobs with us. If you think you have what it takes, 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 and we prefer your own CV rather than Europass.
Start date: January
- Duration: 9 months
Compensation: Paid (including paid holidays). Paid time off during the festive season. Monthly travel card. Meal vouchers.
How to apply: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements: You must be eligible to work in the EU.