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 work at EU-level in 2018/2019. The intern would work closely with the Head of EU Affairs and Communications & Partnerships Manager.
The role would be focused around supporting awareness campaigns and communication activities, monitoring policy developments, research, and building on our relationships and partnerships with 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 ECPC internal and external communication activities.

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 at EU level and preparation for European Election 2019
  • Support 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
  • Support in managing ECPC social media channels
  • Administration of ECPC Membership database and maintaining every day relations with ECPC Members

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, blogs and reports aimed at different audiences
  • Creative thinking and design skills (ideally Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Canva)
  • Proactive and positive attitude, creative thinker and fast learner
  • Curiosity and growth mind-set
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Keen interest and knowledge of EU legislative processes, procedures and rules

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 8 October 2018 to  for the attention of Anna Rek with the subject line “Policy and Communications Trainee – Application”. The cover letter should express why you are interested in the position and what makes you the best candidate.

Applicants should be ready to start as soon as possible.  

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.