Internship - Global governmental and Public Affairs - September 2023

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Date: 22 May 2023

Location: Amsterdam, NL, 1017 ZD


Internship - Global governmental and Public Affairs – September 2023


HEINEKEN is looking for you!

Every day we work with pride on our great products that you have certainly had in your hand at a party, during a work meeting or at home on the couch. HEINEKEN is much more than just beer. What about brands like Cristal Clear, Royal Club, Heineken 0.0, Amstel Radler and Birra Moretti. We actively work to create a pleasant work environment where everyone feels respected and has equal opportunities. Your personality, knowledge and skills are the success of our organization.

The internship

You will work alongside the Global Governmental and Public Affairs team, as well as with the local operating companies and colleagues from across the business. Tasks include: monitoring political developments, monitoring tax and/or regulatory developments that might get an impact on our industry, conducting desktop research, stakeholder management, feeding global strategy and promoting Dutch Connectivity, which is our worldwide connection with the Dutch government as a proud Dutch Brewer. Other tasks include helping deliver important short and long-term projects for Brew a Better World Strategy - with a focus on internal communication - as well as covering various aspects of public policy, public affairs and governmental relations. 

This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the relationship between public affairs and business, as well as work as part of a multinational team that focuses on global, regional and local issues that affect our operations in 70 countries and sales in many more countries. 

During your internship you will get the opportunity to get to know HEINEKEN as a company, also outside your department. We give you the trust and freedom, so you can work like a real entrepreneur. We like to bring the outside world inside and therefore we embrace new, fresh ideas with enthusiasm. Of course always with the guidance that is right for you.

The department

The Global Governmental and Public Affairs team at HEINEKEN sits within the Global Corporate Affairs function, which also includes Global Communications and Sustainable Development. We manage the company’s relationship with a broad range of stakeholders, incl. government and international industry bodies as well as the company’s response to public policies on alcohol, international trade or business regulation. The Global Government and Public Affairs Team is a multinational team that works on issues across HEINEKEN markets worldwide

The terms of employment

  • Your starting date is 1 September 2023
  • The internship is fulltime (in consultation also 4 days a week possible)
  • The duration of the internship is 5 or 6 months (in consultation with your internship supervisor)
  • It is a practice-oriented internship
  • You will be based in Amsterdam at the HEINEKEN International Head Office
  • You will receive an internship fee of €500 (wo & hbo)
  • You will enjoy 2 vacation days per month (based on fulltime)
  • If you do not have a student OV product, your commuting expenses will be fully reimbursed


The start of your internship

Together with a diverse group of interns from different departments you will start your internship at HEINEKEN. Together you will be introduced to the organization. Furthermore, you can organize fun activities with your fellow interns.

The unique you!

  • You have an international perspective with an ability to work as part of a team of specialists from various countries and cultures 
  • You have great analytical and research skills 
  • You are a problem solver who pays attention to detail and has a flexible approach 
  • You have great English language and writing skills, Dutch language skills are of added value for work related to the political developments in the Netherlands 
  • You have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, but not limited to PowerPoint, Excel and SharePoint 
  • You will be enrolled in an accredited Dutch university for the duration of the internship

We believe that everyone has unique talents and are therefore looking for you!

Your field of study is not of critical importance but knowledge of international relations, economics, and/or public affairs is recommended.We believe that everyone has unique talents and are therefore looking for you!The minimum requirements are a Bachelor's degree and a genuine interest in public affairs. International experience is highly valued. 

Conditions of HEINEKEN

  1. You are enrolled at an educational institution.
    1. In the case of non-EU nationality, you must be registered as an intern with a Dutch educational institution.
    2. In case of EU nationality, you may also be registered as an intern at educational institutions outside the EU.
  2. Physical presence at the location of your internship. We believe that you learn most when you can work directly with your colleagues. It is therefore not possible to work completely remote and HEINEKEN does not facilitate housing.



Great! Submit your CV and a cover letter (maximum 500 words) by 19-June-2023. Be sure to highlight your understanding of public affairs and/or public policy, international experience, and languages, as well as previous (internship or work) experience, and explain how you think you can contribute to the team. We will then let you know whether you have been selected for an interview before the end of June. We are looking forward to your applications! For more information about this vacancy or about the application process, please   


The company

HEINEKEN has been a market leader for more than 150 years. We have a family history and Dutch heritage that we are proud of. This pride is reflected in our entrepreneurship and we take it with us in everything we do and where we go. We are brand builders and the indispensable link between the breweries and the perfect beer in people's homes or on the terrace.

Together we stand for our core values: passion for quality, enjoying life and respect for people and the environment. We always advocate responsible alcohol consumption, feel closely connected to Dutch society and local communities, and constantly strive to improve our impact on the planet.

Embracing and celebrating diversity is at the heart of the purpose of HEINEKEN to "brew the joy of true togetherness to inspire a better world." We believe that people as diverse as our brews - including and not limited to gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, nationality, social background, disability and thinking style - enrich our lives and strengthen our business. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, as we advocate for a culture of belonging that provides fair and equal opportunities for all.


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