The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) is a well-known and large Brussels-based European patients’ umbrella organisation in the area of oncology.

ECPC was set up in 2003 and believes that cancer patients are the most important partners in the fight against cancer and against all the cancer-related issues affecting our society. Policymakers, researchers, doctors and industry should recognise cancer patients as co-creators of their own health.


Every day we are working towards all European cancer patients to have timely and affordable access to the best treatment and care available, throughout their life. We are looking for a talented and ambitious graduate to help us achieve that goal. Our internship programme will give you an extraordinary insight into our work in the field of cancer and non-communicable diseases. We will help you realise your strengths and challenge you to get outside of your comfort zone. We offer hands-on training and exposure to an exciting and busy ECPC advocacy work at EU-level in 2018/2019. The intern would work closely with the Head of EU Affairs and the role would be mainly focused around supporting advocacy campaigns, monitoring policy developments and building on our relationships and partnerships with policymakers and other organisations. This role may also require the intern to participate in external events, support further development of ECPC immuno-oncology portal and contribute to external policy communications.

We are a small, friendly and talented team, fostering the collaborative and supportive culture at ECPC. As much as we enjoy working together, we also do respect a good work-life balance.

All intern posts are based in Brussels and are open to citizens of the European Union as well as others who have the right to live and work in Belgium without a work permit.

Core duties and responsibilities
  • Support in EU-level health and social policy monitoring and research
  • Have an active role in shaping European and national healthcare policies and assist in identifying new opportunities for engagement
  • Actively contribute to the advocacy work of ECPC at EU level and preparation for European Election 2019
  • Support Head of EU Affairs in policy, communication and administrative activities
  • Contribute to development and implementation of creative policy communication plans
  • Support and coordinate when necessary the work of relevant Working Groups of ECPC
  • Contribute to the initiatives and multi-stakeholder partnerships ECPC is actively involved in, including All.Can, EUnetHTA, Innovative Partnership on Action against Cancer (iPAAC) among others
  • Build new and foster existing relationships with stakeholders
Required skills & qualifications
  • A university degree in a relevant field
  • Strong interest in health policy and oncology
  • Excellent command of oral and written English, knowledge of other EU languages considered an asset
  • Capacity to write articles and reports aimed at different audiences
  • Proactive and positive attitude, creative thinker and fast learner
  • Curiosity and growth mindset
  • Superb organisational and project management skills
  • Good research skills and ability to critically review and report the findings
  • Ability to plan workload and estimate timelines accurately
  • Ability to prioritise and be flexible and open to changes that may come up during the day
  • Keen interest and knowledge of EU legislative processes, procedures and rules
  • Commitment to the vision and the mission of the European Cancer Patient Coalition
  • Have excellent organisational and team working skills
  • Good work ethic is essential
  • Fun, humble and collaborative team player!
Preferred skills & qualifications
  • Good understanding of the EU health policy
  • Experience in the EU/International environment, e.g. internship in EU institutions, trade association or consultancy, especially in Brussels, would be a distinct advantage
  • Understanding of medicine development and approval processes
We offer

ECPC is offering six-month paid internship position of €751 brut per month plus STIB/MIVB transport reimbursement and Sodexo electronic meal vouchers for the maximum legal amount. Due to Belgian legislation, the internship cannot be extended beyond six months.

Application Procedure

Please send your CV and cover letter by noon on 9 September 2018 to alex.filicevas@ecpc.org/ with subject line “EU Policy Trainee – Application”. The cover letter should express why you are interested in the position and what makes you the best candidate. As part of your application, please send a written half-page press release to present ECPC Position paper on Health Technology Assessment, which is available on the ECPC website.

Applicants should be ready to start on 1st October.

We will review the applications on an on-going basis. Unfortunately, due to the very high number of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.