The Euro Major: Internships

Although academic credit within Contemporary European Studies cannot currently be awarded for internship experience, EURO majors are encouraged to explore internship opportunities within their primary area of study.

UNC’s Study Abroad Office offers several internship options in Western Europe.  Visit their webpage to perform a comprehensive search of available programs by multiple criteria, including location, language, term, and cost.  Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the appropriate study abroad advisor for assistance in selecting and applying for internship programs.

University Career Services can also provide information and guidance on searching for internships.  Register with UCS to gain access to online internship listings, a referral database of internships attained by past UNC students, links to other online resources, and general advice on seeking internships.

Another helpful UNC resource is the Center for Global Initiatives’ new International Internship Database, which provides information about international internship experiences that other students have had.  The database is searchable by multiple categories, including country, organization, or topic.

The EURO advisor is also happy to assist students in locating and applying for internships.  Below is a brief selection of internship possibilities especially appropriate for students studying contemporary Europe.  Check back for regular updates.

Europe:

Site

Location

Description

EMGIP - Bundestag Internship

Berlin

EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long in positions matching the student’s interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

European Commission Traineeships

Brussels, Luxembourg

The aims of the official in-service training with the Commission of the European Union are:

  • to provide young university graduates with a unique, first-hand experience of the workings of the European Commission in particular, and of the EU institutions in general. The training also aims to provide an understanding of the objectives and goals of the EU integration processes and policies;
  • to give trainees an opportunity to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of the Commission Departments and Services. They will have an opportunity to work in a multicultural, multilingual and multiethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance. European integration will be promoted within the spirit of new governance and through active participation - creating an awareness of true European citizenship;
  • to give young university graduates the opportunity to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies, particularly in their specific areas of competence. To introduce these graduates to the professional world and its constraints, duties and opportunities.

European Economic and Social Committee Traineeships

Brussels

Twice a year the European Economic and Social Committee offers traineeships for a period of five months to university graduates who are nationals of the Member States of the European Union, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries. These periods of in-service training offer an opportunity to acquire professional experience in one of the EESC's departments. They begin on 16 February and 16 September of each year and take place in Brussels.

EUROSTAT (EU Statistical Office) Traineeships

Luxembourg

Students pursuing or coming to the end of the studies may be taken on by Eurostat for unpaid traineeships. Eurostat regularly offer the possibility of traineeships in the fields of statistics, computer science or secretarial work.

UNITAR Multilateral Diplomacy Section

Geneva

UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Section is happy and committed to work with interns who are interested in our training programmes. However, UNITAR is a very small organization and the number of interns that we can accommodate is limited. Interns work on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of UNITAR training programs. Most work concerns administration and logistics. Interns must have completed at least three years of a university education. Ideal majors for applicants include law, international relations, political science, developments studies or related fields. Applicants should be fluent in English and conversational in French.

US Embassy and U.S. Consulates in Germany

Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich

Internships are available through the U.S. Commercial Service, which assists companies entering the German market and helps German firms in their efforts to profit from their alliances with American companies either by representing American manufactures, utilizing American products, or through joint venture arrangements. Interns work with Commercial Service staff by: Conducting market research, Assisting companies seeking information, Assisting to organize trade missions, Organization of and participation in commercial events, Hosting the website, and Administrative work. Required Qualifications:

  • Pass a US government background check
  • Be available to intern for at least 3 months
  • Be enrolled at a university or institute of higher education
  • Fluency in German and/or English
  • Good communication and computer skills

U.S:

Site

Location

Description

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

Washington, DC

AICGS offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the spring, summer, and fall. AICGS internships provide a professional and educational experience in a not-for-profit organization that aims to strengthen the German-American relationship. Interns typically are assigned to projects on a priority basis and are exposed to the Institute's different departments (Research/Publications, Development/Outreach, Public Policy, Administration/Finance).

Center for International Policy

Washington, DC

The Center for International Policy (CIP) offers unpaid internship positions for students of all post-secondary levels as well as for college graduates. An internship with CIP includes the unique experience of working directly with junior and senior staff to assist with conference and delegation preparation, website updates, drafting publications, research support, sizable projects, and many other tasks. Interns participate in project-related, substantive work as well as administrative duties that build the nuts-and-bolts skills necessary to run a nonprofit organization.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (United States Helsinki Commission)

Washington, DC

Interns research Helsinki Final Act-related issues as well as human rights, religious liberties, corruption and rule of law, and free media; communicate with House and Senate offices regarding pending foreign policy initiatives; assist staff advisors with hearings and briefings, compile press clippings of articles on developments in the OSCE region; maintain awareness of NGO activities; and conduct standard office duties.  Qualified Helsinki Commission internship candidates should have a keen interest in learning more about international affairs and the inner-workings of Congress. A background in international relations is helpful, but not required, and both graduate and undergraduate students with a focus in political science, international relations and journalism are encouraged to apply.

Foreign Policy Magazine

Washington, DC

Interns work on a wide variety of issues and project for both the print edition of the magazine, and our award-winning website. It is primarily a research internship, with a heavy emphasis on writing and reporting for the Web. Researchers assist editors in planning content, fact-check articles and work with writers to ensure accuracy of content, proofread articles prior to publication, attend editorial meetings, and develop and propose story ideas for upcoming issues. They have the opportunity to write and work with and editor on at least one short piece (published at the editor’s discretion).Some administrative work is required. In addition, researchers regularly contribute to “Passport”, the blog by the editors of FP. They also represent the magazine at frequent lectures and events around Washington.

French Embassy in the U.S.

Washington, DC

Internships are available for the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Interns work in Cultural Service and Press & Information Service. Applicants must be proficient in French. For more information, contact:
Internship Coordinator; French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 2007
(202) 944-6093

Human Rights First

Washington, DC and New York

Human Rights First welcomes a limited number of interns throughout the year. During the academic year, interns typically commit to 10-12 hours a week. During the summer most interns work full-time. Examples of work include: Research, analysis and drafting of memoranda on substantive and procedural issues, legal issues and legislative matters; Documenting and reporting on human rights conditions; Supporting program staff on broader advocacy initiatives, including research, preparation of advocacy materials and assisting with outreach to designated constituencies; bluebooking, proof-reading and cite-checking legal filings, memoranda, briefing materials and publications.

International Organization for Adolescents

Chicago

The IOFA regularly offers internships to students.  Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate-level student studying public relations and/or marketing, international affairs, public policy, non-profit management or related field
  • Superior research skills
  • Outstanding ability to categorize, organize, and present research
  • Interest and commitment to international development, youth issues, or non-profit management
  • Experience working in a developing country or with youth or a foundation a plus.

IPAS

Chapel Hill, NC

Ipas is an international organization that works around the world to increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.
For more information, contact (919) 967-7052 or customerservice@ipas.org.

Society for International Development

Washington, DC

Internship responsibilities: Assist in program development, such as with Chapter Programs featuring high-level panelists, workgroup programs, and Annual Conference and Annual Dinner; Serve as a liaison with SID-Washington’s more than 20 sectoral and regional workgroups; Write about the Chapter’s programs and workgroups activities for publications such as Development Connections, the Chapter’s newsletter; Assist with general office duties.

The Solidarity Center

Washington, DC

The Solidarity Center offers paid and unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students. Solidarity Center internships provide a great opportunity to work for social change and promote international solidarity with the global labor movement. As an intern, you will work in a diverse, professional office environment in our nation’s capital. Through program and/or communications work, you will assist headquarters staff and field representatives in carrying out our mission to help build string unions, promote human and worker rights, and strengthen families and communities in more than 60 countries.