2021 YPDP Summer Mentorship Program

Join YPDP for our second year of the Summer Mentorship Program! We bring young professionals seeking their first career opportunity in tech policy in Brussels together with experienced professionals. Mentors give tips on how to rock your interviews, make your CV stick out and how to prepare for your first salary negotiation. Interested? Apply now until Friday, 16 July 12:00 CET.

Application form for mentees

Virtual after work drinks with MEPs

At YPDP, we’ve also had to make a switch to virtual events for our young professionals community during the pandemic. Our new “virtual after work drinks” series with Members of the European Parliament has been a great success so far! In May, we welcomed Liberal MEP Moritz Körner and discussed his experiences with the COVID crisis and his digital policy priorities. In October, we sat down (virtually) with S&D MEP Tiemo Wölken to discuss the Digital Services Act, AI, data policy and the upcoming legislative battles on EU tech regulation. In November, we had a great conversation with S&D MEP Eva Kaili on issues ranging from emerging technologies to lawmaking in a politically complex – but motivated! – Parliament. We will continue the series with MEP guests in 2021, so stay tuned! Are you interested in becoming a YPDP member? Send us an email at [email protected]!

YPDP launches summer mentorship programme

As COVID-19 has led to the worst economic crisis in a generation, the Young Professionals in Digital Policy are launching a summer mentorship programme for young graduates and interns looking to find their first steps in the Brussels digital policy arena.

Some of us were at the beginning of our own careers during the financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent years of huge competition and little opportunity. So we feel the pain of all of you who worked hard, studied hard and are now faced with the reality of a shrinking job market just as you are about to go show the world all you know and are good at.

This is why we are putting forward this mentorship programme. You will be paired up with one of our YPDP members and will have the opportunity throughout the summer to pick their brains, understand your options, polish your CV and expand your network, so you are well prepared to land your next opportunity.

If you are a YPDP member and would like to take part in this project as a mentor, please fill in this form.

If you are an intern or a recent graduate looking to work in digital policy in Brussels, please fill in this form.

Deadline to apply: 12:00 CET on 3 July.

Let’s do this!