NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NATO Internship Programme

NATO International Military Staff

Policy & Capabilities (P&C) Division

Policy & Capabilities (P&C) Division contributes to the fulfilment of the International Military Staff mission by serving as the military focal point and champion for transformation and strategic military policy and planning matters of specific interest to the Military Committee, to include developing, staffing, and representing the Military Committee views on strategic military policy matters in the following subject areas:

  • Allied defence policy and strategic analysis and planning, including politico-military synchronization.
  • Nuclear policy, including planning and preparedness, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence policy/planning, proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and conventional and nuclear arms control.
  • NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP) and capability development and delivery

P&C Interns are employed to work on relatively short-term and focused engagement (6 months). Due to the diverse nature of the work, the broadest possible networking with military and civilian colleagues across NATO HQ, as well as with counterparts at the Strategic Commands is required. P&C Interns have unique opportunity to observe and work in the IMS division which is in the heart of most strategic NATO work strands coming from the Warsaw Summit decisions.

Major responsibilities:

  • Conduct research, drafting reports and internal briefs
  • Observe meetings (NAC, MC and Working Groups) and write reports and minutes
  • Assist in staffing of: Military advice and Military Policies and Concepts
  • Support the Chairman of MCWG
  • Attend relevant NATO events and conferences
  • Provide additional admin support to division activities

What could an internship at P&C be like?

Interns would also be expected to work directly with the  Front Office (headed by a 2* General) and in various portfolios of the Division.  There is a unique opportunity to contribute to and learn from the workings of a very active staff.  The political-military nature of the work demands intellectual application of the first order, on the back of a demanding but highly rewarding introduction to NATO and the NATO HQ.  Prior experience in policy development, international relations, defence and strategic military planning would be highly beneficial, but is not an essential prerequisite.