Keep an Eye for NATO Internship Programme 2024

Keep an Eye for NATO Internship Programme 2024
Keep an Eye for NATO Internship Programme 2024

If you’re seeking hands-on experience within a political and military alliance dedicated to promoting freedom and security, consider the NATO Internship Programme!

Please note: The upcoming call for applications is scheduled for March – April 2024.

NATO extends six-month internships to individuals in their third year of university studies or recent graduates from bachelor’s or master’s programs. These internships span a diverse range of expertise, encompassing political affairs, defense and security, innovation, operations, communications, business support, human resources, finance, science and technology, and infrastructure and facilities. Explore NATO’s various work areas by clicking here .

Internships are hosted at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium – a vibrant city that serves as a convergence point for numerous European and international organizations, offering extensive networking opportunities for young professionals.

Embark on a unique journey with the NATO Internship Programme, providing an invaluable chance to learn from the NATO community, acquire six months of practical work experience, and deepen your understanding of the Alliance’s intricate workings!

Main objectives of the NATO Internship Programme

  1. To provide interns with the opportunity to learn from the NATO community and get a better understanding and a more balanced view of the Organization.
  2. To improve NATO’s access to theoretical and technical knowledge that the intern can apply through practical work assignments.
  3. To contribute to creating a more diverse workforce.
  4. To expand knowledge and understanding of NATO in member countries.

The NATO Internship Programme offers internship positions within the NATO International Staff, the International Military Staff and some of the NATO agencies and bodies at NATO Headquarters.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a NATO internship, you must fulfil below criteria on the date of your application:

  • Age: 21+
  • Nationality: a citizen of a NATO member country
  • Educational status: at least two years of university completed and enrolled in a third year OR having obtained your highest degree less than a year prior
  • Languages: proficiency in one of the two official NATO languages: English or French. A working knowledge of the second is considered an asset. Knowledge of other languages may also be considered an asset for certain positions.

If you are a national of a NATO partner country, you can contact your mission at NATO Headquarters or embassy in Brussels directly for information about potential internships within the mission or embassy.

Compensation and benefits

  • Internship stipend:
    If you are selected for one of the 2024 internship sessions through the NATO-funded programme, you will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 1,235.
  • Travel:
    Once the Internship Office has confirmed your start date, you will be provided with a prepaid flight/train ticket from your place of origin at a return economy rate, and for an amount of up to EUR 1,200. If you are traveling to Brussels by car, these costs will be reimbursed.
  • Leave:
    You will be entitled to 15 days of paid leave during the six-month internship period.
  • In-house training:
    During the internship, you will take part in an induction programme and monthly briefings to provide you with an overview of NATO’s activities and structure. The briefings present unique opportunities to meet experienced staff and officials from across the Alliance, to discuss topics of interest with them and with other interns. Visits to other institutions, like the European Parliament, will also be organised.

NATO is committed to diversity and inclusion and strives to provide equal access to career opportunities regardless of gender, age, nationality, ethnic origin, religious belief, cultural background, sexual orientation or disability. NATO welcomes applicants from all member countries and strongly encourages women to apply.

As an employer, NATO values integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector.

Disclaimer : The 21st call for the NATO Internship programme for placements in 2024 is now closed. The new call will be launched in March – April 2024.

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