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Policy Assistant (Internship): Air Quality & Health


Despite increasing awareness of the health impacts of air pollution over decades and various policy initiatives at international, European, national and regional / city levels, air pollution remains the largest environmental health risk in Europe. EPHA intends to be one of the key stakeholders in the health impacts of air pollution debate in Brussels. EPHA is looking for a passionate and committed intern to work on air pollution as a key environmental determinant of health, also in connection with the ‘EU, do more for Health!’ campaign.  The intern will support the EPHA team on topics such as EU legislation on air quality, Diesel emissions, Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), ‘Europe, let’s do more for health!’ campaign, etc.

Who are we looking for?

The applicant should:

  • Be interested in air pollution as an environmental determinant of health
  • Be available for at least 4 months starting in June at the latest (at least 3 days per week)
  • Have good organisational skills and an eye for details
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Have strong research and writing skills
  • Have strong computer skills particularly Microsoft Excel and Power Point

What will you do?

The main tasks are:

  • facilitating the cooperation with EPHA members and partners working on air pollution
  • Support the drafting of articles, statements, positions etc.
  • Support with the organisation of meetings and events
  • Preparation of presentations and small researches
  • Report from events organised by institutions and other stakeholders
  • News monitoring

What do we offer?

The selected intern will benefit from the experience in the following ways:

  • Understand EU policy-making and the dynamics between the EU institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission) as well as national, regional. local stakeholders in relation to the air quality legislation and national and local initiatives
  • Gain a thorough insight into the workings of clean air advocacy in Brussels
  • Engage on ongoing initiatives at European, national, regional and local level targeting air pollution
  • Interact with EPHA’s diverse membership as well as external stakeholders
  • Develop a solid understanding of the health impacts of air quality challenges in Europe and beyond

Legal requirements

The internship at EPHA needs to be a part of the university training.

Applicants must prove that their internship in Belgium is held in the framework of their studies. For this, EPHA will need a training agreement stating that the course is related to the curriculum followed by the student.

Foreign students who intern in Belgium should be covered by the insurance from their home country.

Legal eligibility to work in the EU is a must.

The internships are unpaid.

We are accepting applications throughout the year.

How to apply

Interested individuals should send their applications (CV and motivation letter) to specifying in the subject line “CLEANAIR INTERNSHIP”.


Only successful individuals will be contacted.

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