The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949.
NATO’s essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.
- Political - NATO promotes democratic values and encourages consultation and cooperation on defence and security issues to build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.
- Military - NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military capacity needed to undertake crisis-management operations. These are carried out under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty - or under a UN mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organizations.
For many years NATO has been engaged in continuous transformation to ensure it has the policies, capabilities and structures required to deal with current and future threats, including the collective defence of its members.
When Security in Europe is being challenged - NATO is playing an increasingly important role in crisis management and peacekeeping.
NATO offers two types of internship opportunities:
- 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).
Note! While applications for GRANT-funded internship is accepted throughout the year, the call for the NATO-funded opportunity is open only once per year in spring with two starting dates, in March and in September the following year.
To apply for an internship, please click on the application link: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/72041.htm
As an international organisation, NATO is characterised by diversity. It is comprised of people from different backgrounds, cultures, work styles, values and ways of thinking. This is reflected in the Organization’s internship programme, which offers opportunities in various areas, such as political science, international relations, IT, media, finance and human resources.
There is a broad range of possible thematic orientations: former students of graphic design, library science, journalism, law enforcement, translation, aeronautics or engineering might also find a unique opportunity to gain international experience in peace and security. Knowledge of Russian or Arabic is especially welcome.
Although some interns stay on at NATO after the internship to complete ongoing assignments or to take up full-time employment, many move on to other international organisations. Whatever their long-term ambitions, NATO interns will gain invaluable experience as they strive to achieve them.
NATO internships open doors for future peace
Alexios carried out his internship in the Logistics and Resources Division (IMS), Infrastructure and Finance Section after completing his Master's Degree in the Science of Leadership and Project Management.
"NATO's internship programme has been instrumental in garnering indispensable knowledge pertaining to working in a multinational and diverse environment, as well as giving me a plethora of opportunities that have allowed me to not only grow as an individual but also to acquire hands-on experience,” Alexios explains.
As an intern in the Planning Directorate of NATO’s Defence Policy and Planning Division, Ralitsa gained an understanding of the different stages of the defence planning process and witnessed firsthand how the Alliance’s civilian structure interacts with its military authorities.
Ralitsa says, “I was assigned tasks related to both the NATO defence planning process for Allies and the planning and review process for partners. I was also tasked to prepare defence-related briefing material for the NATO Secretary General’s external visits.”
She adds, “One of the most valuable aspects of my internship was the daily interactions with experienced defence planners. This significantly expanded my understanding of different service capabilities and the work of the armed forces in general. I was also involved in defence-related work with Georgia and Ukraine, including staff visits to Tbilisi and Kyiv. This gave me unique insights into NATO’s relationships with its partners.”