*Please note: Due to parliamentary elections, we are unable to offer Spring 2019 European Parliament internship placements in Brussels to students on the European Union program. Students interested in an internship during the Spring 2019 term can apply for internships in Freiburg. Note that these placements typically require fluency in German and can therefore be competitive. We will offer European Parliament internships in Brussels again in Fall 2019 for IES Abroad EU students.
Interning during your study abroad gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:
- Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of Germany or Belgium*
- Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
- Improve your confidence
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. Both optional post-program internships carry an extra cost.
The European Union internship program is approximately eight weeks long, and occurs after the spring semester only. There are two parts to the internship: a 3-credit Internship Seminar, which is primarily conducted before and after the placement experience, and the internship itself, comprised of a four- to five-week placement in Brussels*, or a four- to six-week placement in Freiburg.
During a Brussels* internship, you live in an apartment shared with other interns; during a Freiburg internship you continue to live in housing in Freiburg. You can apply for an internship before arriving on the European Union program or early in the spring term. Placements are competitive.
Placement Examples in Brussels*
Internships are offered at the European Parliament (MEPs) and with EU-related organizations. Internships are conducted in English, but if you are proficient in another language, you may receive a placement that lets you use your second language too. Fields may include:
- Parliamentary Internships
- Political Organizations
Placement Examples in Freiburg
Internships are conducted in English and in German. Fields may include:
- Government & Politics
- Non-Governmental Organizations