STÁŽ: Policy Intern (Bird Life Europe)


BirdLife Europe is the European Division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six BirdLife regional offices around the world. It is composed of an international team of permanent staff working on conservation, capacity building, policy, management, finance, fundraising, advocacy, science, communication, marketing and administration. Stichting BirdLife Europe supports the European and Central Asia Partnership of BirdLife International, which consists of 47 independent, grassroots Civil Society Organisations, governed by a democratic programme.

BirdLife International is a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership, in almost 120 countries and territories. BirdLife works together as a Partnership to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife is the global authority on the status of bird species, has unparalleled technical expertise in bird and biodiversity assessment, and provides a global outreach through its national Partners and decentralised Secretariat.

This is a 6 months paid position – starting day: as soon as possible after 1 March 2016.

Description of tasks to be undertaken by the intern

The selected intern will work in the EU policy team, giving support especially to the EU Marine and Fisheries Policy Officer. Further, the position will entail supporting work on a range of policy issues e.g.: nature and biodiversity, climate and energy, agriculture, etc.

The intern’s responsibilities will include:
–    Organise meetings, circulate agenda’s and note taking;
–    Attend meetings of the policy officers with actors in the EU institutions, specifically in the European Parliament and related to EU fisheries and marine policies;
–    Carry out research and prepare draft reports;
–    Assist work with partners where needed;
–    Prepare PowerPoint presentations and other materials, etc.

Profile of Trainee

Qualification: Educational Qualifications/Vocational Training
–    At least a relevant Master’s Degree
–    Knowledge of EU environmental policy, especially EU fisheries and marine policies
–    High levels of flexibility, dedication and sense of responsibility
–    Well organized and sense to detail

Personal and Social Skills

Good team work skills, ability to work independently and take initiative. Well-developed social skills. Outgoing and communicative. Ability to work in an International environment.

Language Skills

Very good written and spoken English. Other EU languages will be an asset.

Information Technology (IT) Skills

Perfect command of Microsoft Office package and main web-based applications.



Applications to be sent by the end of the day 18th February 2016 (to:

Only applications with a max 1 A4 page CV and a 1 page personal letter will be considered.
Include in the email subject field: Policy Intern

Interviews will be held in the week of Monday 22nd February in person or via telephone/Skype