Internships at the European Parliament Office in Washington DC
Complement your studies with a genuinely international internship
The European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress invites US 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 US 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. Candidates may not have already benefitted from a paid internship at any of the European Union institutions. The office offers three internship intakes each year:
- spring: January 16-April 15, with an option to extend in Brussels April 16-June 15
- summer: May 1-July 31, with an option to extend in Brussels October 1-November 30
- fall: September 16-December 15, with an option to extend in Brussels January 16-March 15
Citizens of EU member states or applicant countries may apply for the Robert Schuman traineeship at European Parliament headquarters.
About the European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress (EPLO)
The European Parliament opened its Washington Liaison Office in January 2010 to meet the growing need for contact on legislative issues between the US Congress and EU lawmakers. This came after the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, which gave the European Parliament expanded legislative powers within the European Union, comparable to those of the US House of Representatives.
Our Washington DC offices are located on the 6th floor at 2175 K Street, NW, in the same building as the European Union Delegation to the US. Our European headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium and in Strasbourg, France. Those that take up the option of a two-month extension of their internship will be primarily based in Brussels, with the possibility of a two-day visit to Strasbourg to attend a parliamentary plenary session.
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.
Staffers cover the following policy portfolios:
- Foreign affairs, international trade/TTIP, development and human rights
- Data, privacy, counter-terrorism, migration
- Financial services, energy, environment, health
- Cross-policy: European Parliament Research Service
- Cross-policy: Communications
- Cross-policy: assignment to a staffer working on the full range of policy issues
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 DC and optional two-month extension in Brussels. (This is converted to US dollars when paid to a US bank account. See the current exchange rate.) A travel allowance towards flight costs to Brussels is also provided. Accident and sickness insurance is available. This is a full-time internship. It is not possible to accommodate part-time arrangements. Interns may take two days of personal leave per month.
How to apply
In late January we will open for applications for our May 1st intake. Please check this page or follow our social media for announcements.
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: