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NATO Internship Programme

Application Instructions

Eligibility Criteria for NATO-funded Internship

In order to apply for an internship at NATO, you must fulfil 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
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

beginning March 2017 – April 2017
(exact dates will be communicated soon)



Acknowledgment of receipt

Not Eligible

No Application possible



All candidates will be notified in July/August 2017

Not Shortlisted

All candidates will be notified in July/August 2017

Final Selection

Selected candidates

All candidates will be notified in September/October 2017

Non-selected candidates

All candidates will be notified in September/October 2017

Onboarding Period

Security clearance received before mid-January 2018

Start date of internship will be in March or September 2018, depending on preference and division

Security clearance received before mid-July 2018

Start date of internship will be in September 2018

Eligibility Criteria for GRANT-funded Internship

Eligibility criteria for this type of Internship are exactly the same, but applicants with a grant can apply throughout the year.

In addition, the Applicants should choose the Grant/Scholarship-Funded Internship sub-programme in the application form.