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Internships in Europe or of Interest to European Studies Students

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This program provides students the chance to work in Washington DC and in US Embassies and Consulates overseas. Through this program, students gain insight into US foreign policy and diplomatic facilities around the globe. Internship responsibilities vary according to placement. Tasks can include writing reports on human rights issues, researching environmental and economic issues, helping to coordinate international conferences or visits by high-level officials, creating/updating web pages, assisting US citizens with services abroad, and supporting educational/cultural exchange activities. There are 3 programs—Spring (January-April), Summer (May-August), and Fall (September-December). Each internship lasts 10 weeks. Interns work full-time, 40 hours a week. Requirements: US citizenship, at least a 2.5 GPA, completed at least 60 credit hours (college junior, senior or graduate student). Be enrolled in school the semester prior to and immediately following your internship. You must receive security clearance. Housing: Students selected for domestic placement are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing. A listing of housing possibilities in Washington, DC will be mailed with the selection package. Abroad, every effort is made to provide housing at no cost to interns, but circumstances vary from post to post, so this cannot be guaranteed. Travel: For domestic and overseas placements, travel expenses and arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.

Website:  careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships
Apply:   October (for summer) Deadline is October 14, 2016.

March (for fall)

July (for spring)

 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
Paid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

CBYX is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress that annually provides 75 American and 75 German Young Professionals the chance to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. This one year program consists of orientation, intensive language training (2 months), university study (4 months), and an internship (5-months). CBYX for Young Professionals is open to candidates in all career fields, and applicants from a broad range of backgrounds are selected each year. Candidates in business, vocational, scientific, engineering, technical, and agricultural fields are encouraged to apply. The program covers airfare, language training, tuition, housing, stipend, and health insurance in Germany.

Requirements: US citizenship or permanent resident, clear career goals, relevant experience in their field (this can be work, internship, or volunteer), strong interest in German and international affairs, strong sense of American identity. Prior German language knowledge is not required, but is preferred. 

Website: cbyx.info/  Click here here for application.

Apply: Oct-Nov (for academic year) Deadline is December 1, 2016 

 

Internships in Dublin, Ireland
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience Irish culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city of Dublin, and earn academic credit from KU. Explore Dublin and/or travel during 3-day weekends. KU has partnered with EUSA, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Dublin. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality. Internships are open to all majors. Business is conducted in English. Requirements: be a sophomore, have at least a 2.75 GPA.

For info on types of internships in Dublin, see here.

Website: studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-dublin-ireland

Apply: Jan-Feb (for summer: May-July) Deadline is February 3, 2017

 

Internships in London, England
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, explore London and/or travel on the weekends, and earn academic credit from KU. A week-long orientation will include a reception, walking tour, city tour and confirmation interviews. KU has partnered with CAPA, an internship and study abroad program provider, to offer high-quality placements in London, England. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Students work 20 hours a week and attend 2 courses (learning through internships and learning about London). Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality. Internships are open to all majors. Business is conducted in English. Requirements: be a sophomore, have at least a 2.75 GPA. For more info on internships, see here here.

Website: studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-london

Apply: Jan-Feb (for summer: May-July) Deadline is February 3, 2017

 

Internship in Prague, Czech Republic
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, live in one of the most beautiful, historic cities, in the heart of Europe, and explore Prague and/or travel during 3-day weekends. Prague’s modern economy and significant English speaking business and cultural community make it an ideal location to gain work experience. KU has partnered with EUSA, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, computer science, economics, environmental engineering, film, journalism, politics, law and social policy. Internships are open to many majors. Business is conducted in English. Requirements: be a sophomore, have at least a 2.75 GPA. For more info on internships, see here.

Website: studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-prague-czech-republic

Apply: Jan-Feb (for summer: May-July) Deadline is February 3, 2017

 

Humanity in Action Fellowship
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization that educates, inspires and connects a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs take place for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw.

Website: humanityinaction.org

Apply: January (for summer fellowship)

 

NATO Internship Programme
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

NATO Headquarters introduced its Internship Programme in 2004 in order to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to intern with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and in a few other NATO bodies. Internships are offered in public diplomacy, political affairs, and security policy, as well as other divisions. Typical tasks of interns include assisting in drafting and preparing official documents, attending and summarizing meetings or conferences, research, supporting public relations, analyzing media, and supporting technical and administrative services. Requirements:citizen of a NATO member state, junior status or recent graduate (within a year). Internships last 6 months.

Website: http://www.nato.int/http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/71157.htm

Apply: April (for March and September of following year)

 

Virtual Student Foreign Service Internships (VSFS)
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This internship is completed remotely--participants can work from KU while continuing to take classes. VSFS interns (eInterns) are paired with a domestic Department of State office, diplomatic post or other government agency (ex: NSF, NIH, USAID). Interns are given a project to complete during the academic year. Students are sought from every major and background because projects are extremely varied. Some have language requirements. VSFS interns are unpaid and volunteer 10 hours a week from September to May. Requirements: US citizens who are enrolled in at least one college level course. This course can be taken on campus, online, in the US or abroad.

Website: www.state.gov/vsfs/

Apply: July (for academic year) Application is only open for 3 weeks!

 

U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program
Paid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This internship is designed to increase the diversity of the US Department of State by attracting students of various ethnic/racial, economic, gender, geographic, etc., backgrounds to “try” Foreign Service on for two summer internships and hopefully consider a career as a Foreign Service officer. This is a paid internship and is very selective. Only about 20-25 students across the US are awarded this prestigious internship. Requirements: US citizenship, at least a 3.2 GPA, be a current sophomore or junior. 

Website: careers.state.gov/intern/other-programs

Apply: September-October (for two summers) Application is only open for 1 week!


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