Pubblicato su stage4eu il: 21/07/2021 EURORDIS, Public Affairs Internship

EURORDIS - Rare Diseases Europe
Rue d Egmont 11 , Brussels, Belgio
Legale/Affari internazionali
6 mesi da settembre 
L'offerta scade il 31/07/2021
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The main task of the public affairs intern will be to assist in the organisation of the second Brussels Rare Disease Week (RDW). Brussels RDW is a week-long series of events organised by EURORDIS in Brussels, plus a series of preparatory webinars. The goal is to empower rare disease patient advocates, with knowledge and skills to effectively participate in advocacy activities at the European level and as a result influence the EU decisions that have a direct impact on their lives. Through RDW, we raise awareness of rare diseases and present a strong and united message to MEPs and other policy-makers in Brussels on behalf of the rare disease community. Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Help guide the patient advocates through the “Brussels maze”, by providing insights on how the EU institutions work;
  • Help with the development of advocacy documents and communication tools;
  • Map and reach out to key stakeholders, including EU Institutions and other Brussels-based organisations or permanent representations;
  • Schedule meetings with high-level policy-makers for patient advocates, making the case on the importance of working on rare diseases at the EU level;
  • Provide technical support for the organisation of online meetings with patient advocates and other events of the RDW programmes;
  • Prepare updates for the website and other media-related materials;
  • Support the logistical preparation of RDW.
Requisiti principali:
  • A strong interest in EU affairs demonstrated by a thorough understanding of the European institutions and their working;
  • Graduate/undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, EU Studies, Law, or a related field;
  • Genuine enthusiasm for public affairs and advocacy;
  • Motivation to work for an NGO (experience working for an NGO desirable but not required);
  • Fluency in English: The working language of EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe is English. A very good level of written and spoken English is required for interns;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, reflecting an appreciation that each audience requires its own approach;
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to details;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel) and other IT tools (meetings and activities will mostly be organised online);
  • Highly organised, detail-orientated and able to prioritise/cope under pressure;
  • Ability to work independently.

Desired skills and experience:

  • Understanding of the health sector
  • Affinity with the rare disease cause;
  • Practical experience with EU mechanisms and instruments, including legislative procedures;
  • Experience using all social media channels and writing content for social media.
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