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EU Public Affairs internship

  • CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
  • CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
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Cepi is the European association representing the pulp & paper industry. We offer a wide range of renewable and recyclable wood-based fibre solutions to EU citizens: from packaging to textile, hygiene and tissue products, printing and graphic papers as well as speciality papers, but also bio-chemicals for food and pharmaceuticals, bio-composites and bioenergy. Through its 18 national associations, Cepi gathers 490 companies operating 885 mills across Europe and directly employing more than 179,000 people.


Cepi leads the Circular Choices coalition, which brings together 14 EU trade associations that represent providers of high-quality and renewable products and packaging made from wood, fibre, paper and board, as well as renewable energy solutions to decarbonise our economy. Our messages and efforts are supported by a further six EU trade associations that advocate on behalf of EU forest owners and managers. The coalition has come together to raise awareness amongst EU policymakers of the importance of bio-based materials in the circular economy, and the renewably sourced, sustainable, and low-carbon solutions that our value chains provide. Our coalition has developed a common policy vision for 2030 that underscores the opportunities of moving to a circular and resilient EU bioeconomy, and the policy and market levers that are needed to get there.


The successful applicant will work from our offices in Avenue Louise (Brussels), with the possibility to partial telework. The successful candidate will be working closely with industry experts within a small and dynamic multinational team under the supervision of the other team members. This internship would provide valuable insights, contacts and experience for candidates interested in public affairs, communications and policy development in a fast- evolving sector, involving the EU institutions and various relevant stakeholders.

  • Support the coordination of the Circular Choices campaign;

  • Assist in researching and drafting concept notes, agendas;

  • Assist with organising relevant meetings and drafting of minutes;

  • Assist with preparation of events;

  • Assist, when relevant, the coordination with external providers on the preparation of communication materials.


Essential requirements

  • The candidate must be eligible to work in the EU;

  • Relevant university degree;

  • Interest on policy areas such as circular economy and sustainability;

  • Ideally, first experience of working within the EU policy system, for instance at an EU institution;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Other languages are a plus;

  • Proven organizational and teamwork skills;

  • Proven ability to manage agendas, arrange and coordinate internal and external meetings;

  • Well-organised, detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines;

  • Proficiency in working digitally.

Advantageous skills

  • Experience from working in an international environment, particularly working across different cultures and languages;

  • Knowledge in the field of communications and social media channels;

  • Experience in event organization.


We offer a one-year, full-time paid internship starting ideally in January 2024 (exact date to be agreed on), which will be settled under Belgian law and include a competitive remuneration package commensurate to the candidate’s experience. This year could be extended into a permanent contract.

We offer you to represent an industry that truly makes a difference in reaching a climate- neutral, resource efficient and circular society. You will have the opportunity to expand your industrial and business knowledge as well as your professional network. We expect you to contribute in shaping the role.

We offer a flexible work environment with fast and dynamic decision making, where you will be stimulated and encouraged to continuously develop yourself.


To apply, please send personal letter and CV in English no later than 15 December 2023 to: Ms. Ana Díaz Cordero, Cepi EU Public Affairs Manager ( Please observe that we evaluate received applications continuously and may carry out interviews before the application deadline.


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