Internship – Policy

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL Belgium)

Internship – Policy (CISL Belgium) 

Location: Brussels 

Fixed-term role (6 months)  

We have an exciting opportunity to join us at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in our EU office as a Policy Intern. This is a great opportunity to join our dynamic team working on EU climate, energy and industrial policy, engaging with progressive businesses and European policy makers, in a fast paced environment. Our mission is to support the transition to a sustainable and climate neutral economy, through the development of ambitious and effective policies.  

This role sits within our CISL Europe office, which works at EU, member state and international levels to deliver influential projects that include Corporate Leaders Group Europe, the Materials & Products Taskforce, the We Mean Business Coalition, the EU Green Growth Partnership, and a group of national business networks.  

The team is looking for an intern to support the team’s EU climate, energy, nature and industry policy work focusing on policy and research.  
We are interested in an individual who has a good understanding of EU policies and decision making. This is a great opportunity for somebody who is looking to develop their experience in an industry setting whilst helping support action on climate change and making the economy more sustainable based on evidence.  

The role entails the following: 

  • Monitoring key climate, energy,nature, industry, circular economy and European Green Deal developments at EU level and in relation to international milestones (G7, G20 and COP28).
  • Drafting of regular EU policy updates for key partners and supporting with taking minutes at meetings and briefings.  
  • Supporting the team’s research function by carrying out desk-research and analysis on key policy areas (e.g. for a project focusing on the business agenda for the next European Institutions)
  • Supporting the coordination of high-level events and meetings
  • Supporting outreach to key stakeholders such as policymakers, businesses, and NGOs on political advocacy (e.g. campaign on the EU’s 2040 target)
  • Attending events and meetings and drafting notes, supporting organization of team events and meetings where appropriate.   
  • Supporting team administration duties such as the management of databases as appropriate.  

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and will be expected to demonstrate the following skills and experience: 

  • Ability to draft clear and concise summary updates of relevant policy developments, documents and meeting notes.  
  • Understanding of climate and sustainability issues and the European policy making process. 
  • Strong analytical skills with great attention to detail. 
  • Evidence of strong written, interpersonal and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to work on own initiative, be flexible and manage competing priorities. 
  • Team-minded, flexible and with a consensual approach and able to work well in a small team. 
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English. 
  • Qualified to at least degree level or equivalent. 

The following attributes are desirable: 

  • Understanding and experience of the business sector. 
  • Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research in the field of European politics, public policy, economics or similar. 
  • Internship or experience in a European institution or on EU policy. 
  • Additional European language skills. 

The team has an office in Brussels with a mix of physical presence at the office and teleworking during the week.  

This post is fixed-term for a period of 6 months and the contract will fall under the terms for a paid Brussels “Convention d’immersion professionnelle – Professional immersion agreement”.  

Applicants must have the right to work in Belgium. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 15 September, with a start date expected for early November. 

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to [email protected], with the email titled ‘Policy Internship – CISL Brussels’. 



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