NATO Internship Programme 2018

“Do you study Political Science, International Relations, Defence studies or Security studies?
Are you an interdisciplinary candidate with qualifications in Economics, Finance, or Human Resources?
Have you studied Information Technology, Web or Graphic design, Library Sciences or Translation?
Do you study Aeronautics or Engineering?
Do you have a background in Media or Journalism?
Do you speak Russian, Ukrainian or Arabic?
Are you able to conduct independent research and analysis?

NATO needs your skills!

NATO Headquarters (HQ) introduced its Internship Programme in 2004. The aim of the programme is to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to intern with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and in a few other NATO bodies.

The NATO Internship Programme consists of two sub-programmes: the call for applications for NATO-funded internships (interns in this sub-programme are paid by NATO) and the grant/scholarship-funded internships (interns in this sub-programme come to NATO with a grant/scholarship from an academic institution covering the entire period of the internship).

The NATO Internship Programme has four main objectives:

  • To provide the Organisation with access to the latest theoretical and technical knowledge that the intern can apply through practical work assignments, as well as with additional staff resources.
  • To provide interns with an opportunity to learn from the NATO community and get a better understanding and a more balanced view of the Organisation.
  • To contribute to creating a more diverse workforce.
  • To expand understanding of NATO in Alliance countries.

Besides interesting assignments and exciting development opportunities related to NATO’s activities and daily agenda, interns at NATO receive the following package:

Remuneration: Interns receive a lump sum of € 800 per month. The salary is not exempt from taxation. Interns may receive emoluments from outside sources (such as scholarships or grants).

Travel: Interns will be reimbursed for their travel expenses on taking up duty and on leaving the service based on a return economy ticket and for an amount of up to 1,200 Euros.

Leave: After three months of service, interns shall be entitled to leave (including sick leave) at the rate of 2.5 working days for every month of service completed, which means 7.5 days in total.

Eligibility Criteria for NATO-funded Internships

In order to apply for an internship at NATO, you must fulfill all criteria outlined below:

  • Age: you must be over 21 years of age at the time of your application.
  • Nationality: you must be a citizen of a NATO Member State.
  • Educational Status: you must be a university student or a recent graduate (in other words, you have obtained your highest degree less than a year ago).
  • Studies: if you are currently studying, you must have successfully completed at least two years of post-secondary studies and be enrolled in your third year at the time of your application.
  • Languages: you must be thoroughly proficient in at least one of the official languages of the organization (English and French).

Nationals of NATO partner countries (PFP/EAPC) should contact their Delegation at NATO HQ directly for information on potential internships within the Delegation. More information is available at the following link:

Further requirements for selected interns:

Security Clearance
Security clearance is issued by the national security authorities for selected candidates only. Holding a Security Clearance is not a requirement for applying, but a selected candidate can only be offered an internship after his/her national security authorities and the NATO Office of Security have officially issued a NATO clearance in his/her name.

Health insurance
Interns are required to have health insurance coverage, and to take care of formalities with Belgian authorities regarding their stay in Belgium: Federal Public Service of the Interior, Chaussée d’Anvers 59B, 1000 Brussels (phone: + 32 2 206 15 99, or or ), or Belgian Embassies and Consulates outside Belgium.


  • The online application is open from March 13, 2017 to April 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm CET.
  • All candidates will be notified of preselection status in July/August 2017.
  • All candidates will be notified of final selection in September/October 2017.
  • The start date of the internship will be in March or September 2018, depending on the date of receipt of security clearance and on preference and division.

Eligibility Criteria for GRANT-funded Internships
Eligibility criteria for this type of Internship are exactly the same, but applicants with a grant can apply throughout the year. (NATO-funded Internship applicants can only apply once per year, during the March 13-April 18 window). In addition, the Applicants should choose the Grant/Scholarship-Funded Internship sub-programme in the application form.


Please refer to the NATO Internship Programme Policy for a full description of the programme.”

More information can be found at

Questions about the Internship Programme can be sent by e-mail to

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