Advocacy internship on biomanufacturing across sectors

Biotechnology is at the forefront of transformative, cutting-edge and research-intensive scientific advancement. Enabling wide-scale societal change, biotechnology underpins technology to address unmet medical needs and provide sustainable, resource-efficient, climate-friendly products and processes.

EuropaBio, the voice of Europe’s dynamic biotechnology industry, is expanding its activities to create a cross-sectoral Biomanufacturing Platform and seeks a motivated intern for a period of 6 months, with a potential pathway into a more senior role within EuropaBio.

It is an opportunity to help define and grow the role in this new activity within EuropaBio, with the aim to confirm biomanufacturing as a key economic activity within Europe and ensure competitiveness in a fast-moving global landscape. The successful applicant will work through the supervision of a Biomanufacturing Platform Senior Adviser and Programme Manager and closely with the EuropaBio team and Members. The role will have a strong development pathway associated with opportunities to manage and deliver their own activities within the Platform.

The role will be closely integrated across existing EuropaBio activities, and the successful candidate will be supported by all teams to help represent EuropaBio priorities within a biomanufacturing context.

This internship will provide valuable insights, contacts to KOLs and both private and public decision makers, and critical experience for candidates interested in biotechnology and biomanufacturing across both the healthcare and industrial biotech sectors. This is a unique setting for career development of a candidate with strong interest in EU policies and Europe’s industrial strategy. Upon completion of the internship the stagiaire may be given the opportunity to take on a job within EuropaBio to continue supporting the Biomanufacturing Platform with project management and advocacy work.

The successful candidate:
• Must have full permission to work in Belgium;
• Graduated in EU affairs and/or law or other area relevant to Industrial Biotechnology;
• Should possess a good understanding of the EU decision-making process;
• Must have a very high standard of both written and spoken English (EuropaBio working language);
• Strong drafting skills and attention to detail;
• Professional attitude, strong team player and ability to work collaboratively;
• Reliable, well-organised and eager to learn;
• Should be able to produce work of a high standard, to use initiative and to regularly report on progress;
• Must NOT have already completed an ‘immersion professionelle’ or have already undertaken full time professional employment.
• Ability to begin internship in January/February 2023.

During the 6-month period, the intern will be asked to assist with a range of tasks, with increasing level of responsibility and initiative. These may include requests to:
• Monitor and map activities related to biomanufacturing in and around the EU institutions;
• Monitor news and global policy linked to biomanufacturing
• Assist in researching and drafting documents;
• Assist with development of biomanufacturing narratives across Members to support advocacy and communications (including content for communication activities)
• Help with the preparation of internal and external communications materials and correspondence for the Biomanufacturing Platform;
• Administrative support for platform (including taking minutes from meetings/events/webinars, organization of meetings and events, correspondence)
• Support the delivery of the inaugural Biomanufacturing Policy Summit in March 2023 and following advocacy activities

Moreover the successful candidate will be encouraged to:
• Liaison with Councils to share Platform work and engage where Council activities are linked to Platform delivery
• Help develop biomanufacturing outputs to support Councils

Our commitment to you
• An engaging position, with a possibility of a contract (CDD) after the internship
• Exposure to a fast growing industry at the centre of Europe’s digital and green transformation, and a key enabling technology for future medical and environmental innovation;
• Motivated colleagues and expert membership at the top of their field who readily impart knowledge and who work across teams;
• A comfortable central Brussels office space (combined closed and open plan) with an excellent view and an abundant supply of coffee and the occasional cake.
• Structured teleworking, combining home and office-based working

Terms and Conditions

You will be offered a paid professional integration agreement (convention immersion professionnelle) for a maximum of 6 months. Working hours are from 09:00 until 18:00, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour break for lunch. The intern will be entitled to 6 vacation days plus national bank holidays, as well as meal vouchers.

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to Majken Ekam-Nielsen, Finance & HR Manager m.ekam-nielsen@europabio.org with the subject “Biomanufacturing internship” by January 2nd.

No Europass CVs please.
The interview process will consist of a maximum of two interviews