EU-US Strategic Dialogue Internship Program, EPP – Brussels, Belgium

Experience the importance of transatlantic relations while working for a political
group in a policy driven environment. The EU-U.S. Strategic Dialogue Internship
Program with The European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament is
designed to build a deeper sense of mutual understanding between the United States and
the European Union (EU) and to instil an appreciation for the value of transatlantic
dialogue and collaboration in this important geostrategic dimension of policymaking.
The transatlantic internship is based on the idea that direct experience and human
interaction, as well as the daily exchange of ideas, opinions or visions, are invaluable.
Through this program, we build long-lasting connectors. You will be mentored on
comprehending the relevant aspects and drivers of the EU-U.S. relationship, in
preparation for future leadership. This is a chance to develop a thoughtful and holistic understanding of the transatlantic
dialogue and its multi-fold agenda. By using a multidisciplinary approach, rather than
focusing on single issues or sectors, the internship provides an all-inclusive view of the
challenges and opportunities of international relations and again the value of
collaboration and legislators dialogue. You will follow topics from a diverse set of policies,
ranging from energy and climate to civil liberties, digital agenda, financial markets,
cybersecurity, foreign relations, security and defence, or human rights and the fight
against terrorism. The roots of the transatlantic relations are deep and its agenda is
extensive and complex. It calls for engaged young leaders willing to understand the
distinctive character of the EU-U.S. partnership.

How does it work?
 The internship may last 2 to 3 months at the European Parliament in
Brussels with the EPP Group and it is offered throughout the whole academic
year. Up to five U.S. interns are accepted each year and two EU interns are accepted
each year.
 All Interns will travel 1 to 2 times for 3 and half days per month on a mission to
Strasbourg where the European Parliament plenary sessions take place. Expenses
for the mission are provided by the EPP Group.
 The internships for U.S. applicants are not paid.
 The internships for EU applicants are covered by the rules applying to other EU
internship programs.
 The EPP Group will not take travel and accommodation costs in charge.
 All Interns are insured against the risk of accidents at the workplace in Brussels
and Strasbourg.

Who is eligible for the EPP internship?
We welcome applications from:
 Masters students at any stage of their degree.
 U.S. citizens eager to learn about EU’s nature and founding values.
 European citizens with an American background (i.e. have studied in the U.S.).
US citizens studying at U.S. universities, especially those invested in European studies, will
be highly considered.

Applications for spring and autumn sessions can also be sent at the beginning of the given
year. They will be given consideration in due time.
Applicants, once selected, are kindly asked to accept or decline the offer made within one
week. It is a very small program and therefore it is required from selected applicants that
they commit to the internship in a thoughtful way.

You will need to submit:
 Your CV or Resume, please indicate your nationality or nationalities if dual
 A Motivation Letter
 A Recommendation Letter, to be sent directly by the proponent and not via the
Your application and letter of recommendation should be sent to: Mrs Catarina Caldeira
da Silva, Special Advisor for Strategic EU-U.S. dialogue, EPP Group, European Parliament

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