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NATO Internship Programme

Application Instructions

Eligibility Criteria

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: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/51288.htm

Further requirements for selected interns:

Security Clearance
A 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, http://www.dofi.fgov.be or http://diplobel.fgov.be or www.diplomatie.be ), or Belgian Embassies and Consulates outside Belgium.

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


  Procedure Timeline
Online Application Application Form, CV, Letter of Motivation 13th March 2014 – 14th April 2014
Eligibility Eligible Acknowledgment of receipt
Not Eligible No Application possible
Preselection Shortlisted Notification to candidates in September 2014
Not Shortlisted Candidates are requested to login in order to check their updated status, by the end of September 2014.
Final Selection Selected candidates Notification to candidates in October 2014
Non-selected candidates Notification to candidates in October 2014
Onboarding Period Security clearance received before mid-January 2015 Start date of internship will be in March or September 2015, depending on preference and division
Security clearance received before mid-July 2015 Start date of internship will be in September 2015