Internship - Governmental Affairs - Belgium (Bachelor/Master)

  • Location:
    Diegem, Belgium
  • Area of Interest
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
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Start Date: 8 January 2024

Internship location: Brussels, Diegem (hybrid)

Duration: This is a temporary contract under the BIS framework.

Why You’ll Love Cisco

Everything is converging on the Internet, making networked connections more relevant than ever before in our lives. Our employees' revolutionary ideas impact everything imaginable - from entertainment, retail, healthcare, and education, to public and private sectors, smart cities, smart cars, and everyday devices in our homes. Here, that means you’ll take creative ideas from the drawing board to powerful solutions that have real world impact. You’ll interface with Cisco leaders, partner with experienced mentors, and develop incredible relationships with colleagues who share your interest in creating an inclusive and sustainable future for all. 

The European Government Affairs team is looking for a passionate Intern to support with:


  • Research & monitor key policy trends, regulatory changes and developments in several areas, i.e. digital, telecoms, geopolitics, competition, trade or sustainability
  • Create and maintain several reports, presentations, newsletters, stakeholders mapping and other written materials
  • Engage in key industry associations in Brussels (i.e. DIGITALEUROPE, AmchamEU, etc.)
  • Attend and produce summaries of conferences, seminars, hearings, industry associations meetings
  • Support preparation, coordination and follow up of internal meetings

Who You Are

  • Recent graduate or accepted into a Master's degree in law, political science, public policy, economics, or other related field.
  • Fluent in English. Other EU languages are an asset
  • Must be able to legally live and work in Belgium, without visa support or sponsorship
  • An interest in EU Public Affairs, notably in the fields of digital and telecoms policies
  • A sound knowledge of the EU and its institutions and policy-making processes
  • Strong research and analytical skills and the ability to interpret and analyse legislation, rules and regulations and summarise them in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to show assertiveness, flexibility, autonomy and diplomacy
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability present ideas and findings at the right level of details

Who You'll Work With

Cisco’s Government Affairs team represents the company with governments around the world to build relationships with key leaders, advance Cisco’s public policy goals, and educate governments about our industry. Government Affairs is involved in all key legislative, regulatory, and global issues that impact the technology industry.

We are comprised of government and public policy experts across nearly two dozen countries who represent Cisco at the highest levels of government. The team has extensive experience in and out of government and are leaders in the industry.

You will be based in Brussels, Belgium and will report to the Head of EU Sustainability, Telecom and Trade Public Policy.

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference. Here’s how we do it.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (30 years strong!) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. A blockchain company. An AI/Machine Learning company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it).

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, we give our egos a break, and we give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA). We take accountability, we take bold steps, and we take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a commitment to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!

Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or Canada:

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