EU Policy Assistant (Trainee)


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. Policy makers, 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. 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. The intern would work closely with the Head of EU Affairs.

The role would be focused around supporting advocacy campaigns, monitoring policy developments and building on our relationships and partnerships with policymakers and other organisations. This role would also require the intern to represent ECPC at 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 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 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 advocacy work of ECPC following the European Elections
  • Contribute to development and implementation of policy communication plans
  • Support and coordinate when necessary the work of relevant Working Groups of ECPC
  • Contribute to the initiatives ECPC is actively involved in
  • 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
  • Keen interest and knowledge of EU legislative processes, procedures and rules
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Proactive and positive attitude, curiosity and growth mind-set
  • Good research, analytical 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 ad-hoc changes and requests
  • 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
  • Be proactive, flexible, and good communicators
  • Understanding of medicine development and approval processes


We offer 

ECPC is offering 12 month paid internship position plus STIB/MIVB transport reimbursement and Sodexo electronic meal vouchers for the maximum legal amount.


Application Procedure

Please send your CV and cover letter by noon on 7th May 2019 to alex.filicevas@ecpc.org/  with subject line EU Policy Assistant – Application.

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.