Helsinki Commission Intern, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe – Washington, DC

Be a part of one of Washington, DC’s most respected organizations which provides a blend of international relations, human rights, and Capitol Hill experience. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe is seeking highly-motivated, self-starting individuals for its internship program.

Interns for the Helsinki Commission research Helsinki Final Act-related issues on human rights, religious liberties, corruption and rule of law, and free media; communicate with House and Senate offices regarding pending foreign policy initiatives; assist staff advisors with hearings and briefings; compile press clippings of articles on developments in the OSCE region; maintain awareness of NGO activities; and conduct standard office duties.

Qualified Helsinki Commission internship candidates should have a keen interest in learning more about international affairs and the inner-workings of Congress. A background in international relations is helpful, but not required, and both graduate and undergraduate students with a focus in political science, international relations and journalism are encouraged to apply.

At the conclusion, interns will have gained invaluable experience in one of the nation’s most unique federal agencies. Work may qualify for academic credit, depending on the requisites of the college or university.

Application Requirements

Internships are unpaid and generally for one semester. Applications for the Fall term have a deadline of July 31st, and Spring internship applications are due on November 1st. Summer internship applications are due no later than March 15th. A letter indicating your interest and the hours you’re available to work, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, a list of references and a 2-3 page writing sample of your choice, should be addressed to:

Intern Coordinator
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford House Office Building
3rd & D Streets, SW
Washington, DC 20515
Fax: 202-226-4199

Any applications not including the requirements listed above will not be considered for an internship position with the Commission. Due to the continued delay in Washington’s mail delivery, applicants are encouraged to apply early and fax or email their materials.

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