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Become an Intern

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America offers internships to young university students where the traineeship is compulsory or recommended for their academic training.

The 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 selected interns must be able to provide proof that they are participating in the internship as part of a training program or for academic course credits.

To be considered for this program, applicants must: 

  • be undertaking the internship as part of a recommended or compulsory training period for your university
  • provide proof that the internship is part of an agreement with a local university for training or for course credits
  • provide proof of comprehensive medical and accident insurance valid in the USA for the duration of the internship
  • 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) (for 2017, the deadline is exceptionally 8 September)
  • 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:

  • Internship Application Form
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter (Letter of Motivation)
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or former professor

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.            

Global Issues and Innovation

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. Interns may also work on science, technology, research and innovation policies as well as food safety, 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.


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.


Please contact the Intern Coordinator with any questions about the Delegation’s internship program at:

You can also learn more about EU careers and internships in Europe.

You may be interested in an internship with the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress (EPLO) in Washington, DC. The European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress invites U.S. citizens to apply for a full-time, paid internship. More information  can be found on the EPLO website.

You may wish to learn more about EU careers and internships in Europe.

Please contact the EU Delegation’s Intern Coordinator with any questions at: