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Current opportunities at the European Brain Council

Policy Traineeship

Team: Policy

Internship Duration: 6 Months (Extension Possible)

Internship Type: Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle (CIP)

Who are we?

The European Brain Council (EBC) is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels, its main mission is to promote brain research with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of the estimated 179 million Europeans living with brain conditions, mental and neurological alike.

With the aim to speak with one voice, EBC stands as a network of key players in the “Brain Area”, with a membership encompassing scientific societies, patient organisations, professional societies and industry partners. EBC is a platform to foster cooperation between its member organisations and other stakeholders, consistently promoting dialogue between scientists, industry and society.

As showcased by its growing portfolio of projects, research and policy papers, as well as events, EBC emphasizes the importance of continued interaction with the European Institutions to build strong European health policies, raising awareness and encouraging education on the brain and the repercussions of neurological and mental health conditions on society as a whole.


EBC is looking for an intern to join the Brussels office to support our policy monitoring efforts to feed into our core work. If you are someone who enjoys analysing policy trends to feed into advocacy efforts, advising on strategies and working in a dynamic, fast-paced, and social environment, please submit your application! Aside from day-to-day monitoring, expect to get involved in supporting EBC’s main advocacy-related projects and initiatives, helping drive performance and build plans for the future. The role has a very broad scope and will require an individual who is good at communicating across functional teams.

Main Tasks:

  • Monitoring of relevant policy files to the brain health and research space in order to analyse and react to relevant developments and ensure EBC is kept up to date with potential activity affecting its and its Members’ work.
  • Build and maintain contact with relevant policy contacts, including Members of the European Parliament (and their teams) and relevant actors within the European Commission, particularly DG Research & Innovation and SANTE (but not limited).
  • Advise colleagues on key issues that could be relevant in their work, for example, address questions such as “a recent announcement could be of impact to brain health, how do we reach out to the relevant contacts in the EU Institutions to learn more?”, “Which MEP could we invite to our event to speak on[topic x]?”


  • Education and/or experience in the fields of EU studies, EU law, political science, international relations, or other related areas.
  • Background and experience in European public policy analysis; knowledge of the EU, regional and international regulatory/policy frameworks related to EBC’s work.
  • Ability to monitor, analyse and react to EU policy trends affecting the healthcare/research sectors. Member State and/or international organisation knowledge is a plus, but not mandatory.
  • Be able and willing to tackle multiple topics and projects at once and thrive in a small-medium-sized team with a dynamic, fast-paced, and social environment.
  • Work both independently and with colleagues with a desire to grow within the organisation and team, bringing fresh ideas and perspective to the team.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of other EU languages is a plus.


  • Any experience in this field and/or an international non-profit is highly welcome and desired, particularly directly in Brussels.
  • Ability not only to analyse policy but to critically evaluate and proactively react in good time, by informing team members, translating into advocacy efforts, etc.
  • A dedicated individual with no hesitation to brainstorm with colleagues while providing policy pointers, pick up the phone to track information or attend an external event on behalf of the policy/EBC team.
  • At least one previous internship in the field would be ideal.

The benefits of joining EBC:

  • A 20+ year old non-profit organisation with partners and activities in Brussels, across Europe and beyond.
  • Growing team with a dynamic multi-cultural atmosphere, modern office space in the heart of the European Quarter of Brussels.
  • A fast-paced, stimulating working environment with the ability to come into your own and grow.

Please send your CV and motivational letter addressed to Stephanie Kramer, before 23 February 2024.

Applications through LinkedIn will not be read.

EBC welcomes the submission of spontaneous applications. Please send a motivation letter and CV to to present yourself.

Current opportunities at EBC Member & Affiliate Organisations

The International Brain Research Organization is searching for an Office Manager (a full time position).