European Parliament Spring 2017 Internships in Washington, D.C. and Brussels

“Complement your studies with a genuinely international internship!

The European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress invites U.S. citizens to apply for a full-time, paid internship. What better place to monitor transnational politics in action, to see global players in international affairs addressing global challenges across a range of policy areas, and to witness the interplay between decision-makers in the U.S. and lawmakers from the European Union?

The internship is held for three months in Washington DC, with the option of a two-month extension in Brussels. Candidates must have completed their bachelor’s degree and received their diploma at least one month before the beginning of the internship.

What do EPLO interns do?

  • Work with staffers on certain policy areas or a broader range of transatlantic policy issues;
  • Participate in events and meetings with major interlocutors on Capitol Hill, executive agencies, think-tanks and NGOs;
  • Analyse legislation and policy discussions relevant to the transatlantic EU-US relationship;
  • Prepare working papers, memos and research papers for Members of the European Parliament and staffers at EP headquarters;
  • Assist the preparation and management of visits to the US by Members of the European Parliament and senior staffers;
  • Support our internal and external communications outreach.


Up to six interns will be accepted in the office, each assigned to one of the European Parliament’s senior staffers charged with creating and fostering working relations between parliamentary committees and their Congressional and regulatory counterparts in the US government.

What might you gain from an EPLO internship?

  • Familiarity with policy-making, both in the US and the European Union;
  • An opportunity to learn by doing;
  • Networking opportunities with EU institutions, Congress, think tanks, NGOs and others;
  • Experience working in a truly multinational European team – you may also practice your linguistic skills;
  • Access to a vibrant network of current and former interns;
  • Overall: a career-enhancing experience leaving you better-equipped for a future role in politics, international organisations, NGOs or the corporate sector.

Remuneration and conditions

A monthly allowance of €1252 will be granted for the duration of the internship in Washington, D.C. and optional two-month extension in Brussels. (This is converted to US dollars when paid to a US bank account.) A travel allowance towards flight costs to Brussels is also provided.  Accident and sickness insurance is available. This is a full-time internship. Interns may take two days of personal leave per month.

The deadline to submit your application is November 20.

You will need to submit:

  • Your CV in Europass format (available here)
  • A statement of interest, maximum 500 words, which should specify your preferred policy portfolio(s), if relevant

Two recommendation letters by faculty members are also required. An additional letter of recommendation (e.g. from an employer) may also be submitted. All letters of recommendation must be sent directly to us, not via candidates.  Your application and letters of recommendation should be sent to:”

Further details on the internships and application process are available here.
For more information on the Europass CV, click here.

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