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Policy Intern

BirdLife Europe

Deadline 29.09.2023 €1,000-€998/month (est.)

BirdLife Europe is looking for a Policy Intern

BirdLife Europe is looking for an intern that could provide full time assistance during 6 to 12 months to support its work on land-use policies.

Application deadline
29th September 2023, 12:00 CET

Brussels, Belgium

Full time
37.5 hours per week

6-12 months internship

Euro 1000 monthly

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

BirdLife International is a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership, in 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. 

Stichting BirdLife Europe (BirdLife Europe) is the regional 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. BirdLife Europe supports the European and Central Asia Partnership of BirdLife International, which consists of 45 independent, grassroots Civil Society Organisations, governed by a democratic programme.

BirdLife Europe is looking for an intern that could provide full time assistance during 6 to 12 months, from September 2023, to support its work on land-use policies (bioenergy, agriculture and nature restoration).

The intern will be based in Brussels with opportunities to work remotely.


The intern will be part of BirdLife Europe’s policy team and will support in particular the Agriculture and Bioenergy Officer and  the Senior EU Nature Policy Officer, to carry out their different missions related to the bioenergy, agriculture and nature conservation/restoration.


The following list is not exhaustive and the tasks will be adapted in response to the needs of the Policy team.

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of the relevant topics, carrying out literature review where required and help the team with policy analysis;

  • Support the policy officers in formulating and drafting BirdLife positions and other internal or external documents (e.g. articles, tweets);

  • Liaise with key players from the EU institutions and other stakeholders, notably other NGOs, to gather information, including attending relevant meetings and taking minutes;

  • Support the organisation of different events such as webinars, in-person meetings or campaigning events;  


  • Have a relevant academic degree (Bachelor or Master 1 in Political Science or Nature Conservation or Environmental Sciences);

  • Have a genuine interest in Nature protection and preservation;

  • Be capable of understanding and presenting, in written form, the key scientific, economic and legal dimensions of the relevant topics;

  • Have a basic knowledge of and interest in the operation of EU institutions;

  • Speak and write English fluently, with fluency in other EU languages being considered an asset.


BirdLife can provide:

  • monthly remuneration of 1000 €

  • food vouchers

  • Reimbursement of 50% of the transport expenses

BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Find out more about our Diversity statement.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We will consider putting into place appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

We are able to offer a hybrid model of working on site and from home/remote for most roles, which helps to ensure a flexible work life balance


Candidates are invited to submit a CV and a cover letter by the 29th September 2023, 12:00 CET. The proposals should be sent to (by email only) and specify the date when the candidate would be able to start.

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