The Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America offers internships to young university graduates with no, or only limited (one year maximum), relevant professional experience, as well as to students in the final years of university where the traineeship is a complement to their academic training.
The internship program offers dynamic individuals the opportunity to learn about the work of one of the EU’s largest and most active diplomatic missions and to develop a comprehensive understanding of the EU-U.S. relationship. Interns hone important skills in the field of international relations and acquire practical experience in a specialized area of the Delegation’s work.
PLEASE NOTE: Internships at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America are voluntary (non-remunerated) and create no contractual relationship with the European Union or the Delegation. All interns are expected to follow the same full-time working hours as the Delegation’s staff.
To be considered for this program, applicants must:
- have completed a minimum three years of university-level courses, preferably in political science, law, economics, development studies, environment studies, human rights/humanitarian law or communications
- be fluent in English; knowledge of the workings of the European Union would also be an advantage
- be computer literate
- if selected for an internship, provide proof of comprehensive medical and accident insurance valid in the USA for the duration of the internship (covering hospitalization, surgery, and repatriation, if necessary)
- have not already benefited from previous in-service training or employment (paid or unpaid) with any of the EU institutions or bodies, including a “Blue Book” traineeship (NB: a “Blue Book” candidate who has not actually performed that traineeship is however eligible to apply for an internship with the Delegation)
The deadlines for submitting applications for this program are as follows:
- 15 May for Fall Semester (September to December)
- 15 September for Spring Semester (January to May)
- 15 February for Summer Semester (June to August)
To apply, please download and complete the application form and email your Application Packet to the Internship Coordinator. The Application Packet must include:
- Application Form
- letter of motivation
- (at least one) letter of recommendation from a current or former professor or employer
Selection of successful candidates will be done on the basis of a comparative examination of the applications received for the cycle in question. Successful candidates will normally be notified at least 3 months before the beginning of the cycle for which they have been accepted.
Internships are available in the following areas:
Economics & Finance
Interns focus on the monetary, fiscal, and labor policies of the U.S. by monitoring macroeconomic developments, assisting in the preparation of reports on specific economic issues, and participating in the outreach activities.
Energy, Environment and Transport
Interns work on a variety of issues, including climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy security, global and regional challenges , natural capital, the green economy, and aviation and maritime security.
Food Safety, Health, and Consumer Affairs
Depending on their interests and the priorities of the Delegation, interns may research and analyze U.S. policy in areas ranging from food safety and plant and animal health to public health and consumer affairs.
Politics, Development and Security
Interns report on Congressional hearings and research a broad range of foreign policy, security, and development cooperation issues.
Press and Public Diplomacy
Interns help with outreach programs and events, monitor public diplomacy developments in the U.S., conduct in-depth media analysis, help coordinate grant programs, and respond to public inquiries.
Science, Technology, and Innovation
Interns analyze and report on U.S. science, technology, research and innovation policies and developments, from various sources e.g. U.S. government departments and agencies, Congressional committee hearings, seminars organized by think tanks and other relevant organizations. Other tasks could include drafting of minutes from EU S&T counsellors’ meetings, assisting with expanding multimedia promotional material, and carrying out surveys and studies of topics related to EU, Member State, U.S. and bilateral/multilateral cooperation and funding programs. An example of the latter is U.S. participation in the EU Horizon 2020 program.
Trade interns address all aspects of EU-U.S. trade relations, monitoring U.S. policy and legislative developments through activities such as attending events organized by think tanks and trade associations, monitoring Congressional hearings, and conducting research on specific issues. Interns contribute to Section reporting to Brussels and also support Trade Section and Delegation outreach activities in Washington and across the U.S. on trade-related topics.
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