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Lobbying Policy Affairs Intern at the European Parkinson’s Disease Association Location: London DL: 15 June 2011

The European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) is the only European umbrella organisation for Parkinson’s disease. It represents 45 member organisations and is the advocate for the rights and needs of over 1.2 million people1 with Parkinson’s and their families. Our vision is to enable a full life with Parkinson’s whilst supporting the search for a cure. The EPDA seeks to achieve this by raising awareness and reducing inequalities in the treatment and management of Parkinson’s disease across Europe.
To appoint a Special Projects intern whose role would be to support the EPDA Political Affairs and Policy officer advocacy work at EU level. The Special Projects Intern would report to the EPDA Secretary General who would manage their day-to-day working and support them in their activities.
Accountability/ Responsibilities:
To support the implementation of the EPDA's political affairs and policy campaign
To research funding opportunities and complete grant applications on behalf of the EPDA.
General duties:
To monitor EU developments, policies and actions that may have an impact on the EPDA and its member organisations, and people living with Parkinson’s.
Candidate requirements:
Graduate in European affairs/ Political Sciences/ Environmental Studies
Previous traineeship in a European institution preferred
Good understanding of the EU decision making process
Understanding of health issues
Fluent in English, other languages are an asset
Strong computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
Strong organisational skills
Self-motivated with an ability to work in isolation as part of a small, busy team
Strong oral and written communication skills
Sound research skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail.
As per Belgian legislation, a monthly reimbursement for expenses will be paid on a standard basis
A professional immersion convention will be offered to the successful candidate
Applications with a scholarship, in particular working on a thesis related to health, are welcome to apply.
To apply:
A CV and cover letter should be sent to Kate Browne no later than 15th July 2011. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Candidates should be available to start in September and are required to commit to 20-30 hours per week for a minimum duration of four months. Commitments of greater duration are welcome.
This Special Projects Intern must be based in Brussels.