EU Public Affairs Intern

Are you looking to gain hands-on experience in EU and global policy and advocacy as well as country and issue-specific knowledge linked to the plastics industry? 

Who we are

Plastics Europe is the pan-European association of plastics manufacturers with offices in every major capital of Europe.  For over 100 years, science and innovation has been the DNA that cuts across our industry. With close to 100 members producing over 90% of all polymers across Europe, we are the catalyst for the industry with a responsibility to openly engage with stakeholders and deliver solutions which are safe, circular and sustainable. We are committed to implementing long-lasting positive change.

We are looking for an EU Public Affairs intern for a six-month internship to support our advocacy team in all its activities.

The position is for a highly motivated, well organised and efficient candidate who is looking to gain hands-on experience in EU and global policy and advocacy as well as country and issue-specific knowledge linked to the plastics industry.


  • Support the advocacy team in researching and monitoring EU policy and legislative developments on environment, climate and sustainability, particularly in the context of the Global Agreement on Plastics Pollution, EU Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan and Chemical Strategy for Sustainability and other issues relevant to the EU Plastics Industry;
  • Review and prepare summaries and analysis of EU and UNEP policy documents and official reports, and draft background material;
  • Support the organization of and attend internal working group meetings. Prepare meeting notes and follow-up actions;
  • Prepare presentation material for internal and external meetings and briefing notes;
  • Attend and report on external conferences, events and webinars organized by the EU Institutions, global bodies and by other stakeholders;
  • Provide assistance for the organization of events and projects;
  • Provide general administrative support.

Your profile

  • University degree preferably in European studies, Law, Political Sciences or similar;
  • Knowledge of and a keen interest in EU and global policy and decision-making processes as well as a good understanding of the functioning of the European institutions;
  • Strong research skills with the ability to pay close attention to details;
  • Analytical skills and ability to digest complex information into concise and informative briefs;
  • Ability to work autonomously and show initiative;
  • Very good command of English, oral and written;
  • Knowledge of other European languages would be an asset;
  • Sound knowledge of MS Office tools;
  • Possession of an EU passport, student visa, or other means of residing in Belgium for a minimum of six months.
  • Previous experience in an EU institution, think-tank, consultancy, or trade organization (desirable).

    Mandatory – In possession of an EU passport or other means of working and residing in Belgium for the duration of the traineeship.

What we offer:

  • Six months paid internship (Convention d’immersion professionelle) based in our headquarters in Brussels;
  • Reimbursement of the public transport and meal vouchers;
  • International and dynamic multicultural environment.


If you wish to apply, please send your CV (maximum two pages) and cover letter (maximum one page) to to: by 31 March 2023 mentioning “EU Public Affairs internship” in the subject of your e-mail.

Applications will be reviewed as received and the position will close when filled. So early applications are welcome. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Plastics Europe is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. 

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