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NATO Internship Programme

  • How to apply?

    Please use the e-recruitment system to submit your application. We cannot accept any spontaneous applications or applications sent per mail/email.

    If you wish to apply for the NATO-funded internship, you have to submit your application during the opening of the call. For the GRANT-funded internship, you can apply throughout the year.

    Please do not wait for the last day to apply! Any request for support (including technical support) might take up to 3 working days to be addressed, so if you contact us the last days, we cannot guarantee that the needed support can be provided to you.

    You do not have to fill in the entire form in a single session. You can save your information as a draft and log in later to amend it, and/or finalize the form.

    Please provide as many details relevant to the internship position you are applying for as possible. This will help us to assess your candidature.

    We advise you to read the requirements of each internship and to apply only if you meet them with a maximum of 5 applications.

What happens next?

  • Application review

    The screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted in May/June based on the information you submitted in your application and according to the requirements of the internship position.

    Your application will be first reviewed by the Internship Programme Office to ensure that you meet the required qualifications before being passed on to the hiring managers. If your application is not successful, we will inform you of its outcome.

  • Selection

    Shortlisted candidates may be contacted in May/June to participate in an interview. The final selection will be made in summertime (for internship starting in either March or September the following year). Once you have been selected, the start date of your internship will be determined based on divisional needs and your availability.

  • Offer and clearances

    If you are successful, you will receive a conditional offer letter via your Taleo account stating the period of internship, the internship placement you are selected for and the document to complete in order for NATO to launch the procedure for your security clearance. Unsuccessful candidates will be informed accordingly.

    The duration of the procedure to get the security clearance varies from one country to another but last usually between 6 to 8 months. You will be requested to follow the progress with the security officer at your national Delegation to NATO. The contact information will be mentioned in your conditional offer letter. The granting of your security clearance is compulsory prior to the start of internship. In the event it is granted later than expected, a new start date can be discussed with the hiring manager and if so, it will always be the first working day of a month.

  • Additional requirements before starting date

    Please be informed that upon the start of your internship, you will have to prove that you are covered by a health insurance for the whole internship duration. You will also have to fill the request form for a special identity card and submit it to our Privileges and Immunities Office responsible for the follow-up with the Belgian authorities. This special identity card will serve as a residence permit during your stay in Belgium. You are exempt from this procedure if you hold the Belgian citizenship.

  • Employment after completion of your internship

    Internship placements are not linked to any further employment contract with NATO. In order to be employed by us in a different capacity, you will need to go through a competitive recruitment process. Please have it in mind when you decide to accept an internship placement with us.


  Procedure Timeline
Online Application

Application Form, CV, Letter of Motivation

17 March 2021 – 02 May 2021



Acknowledgment of receipt

Not Eligible

No Application possible



All candidates will be notified in June 2021

Not Shortlisted

All candidates will be notified in June 2021

Final Selection

Selected candidates

All candidates will be notified in July/August/September 2021

Non-selected candidates

All candidates will be notified in July/August/September 2021

Onboarding Period

Security clearance received before February 2022

Start date of internship will be in March 2022 or at the beginning of any month as soon as the security clearance is granted.

Security clearance received before August 2022

Start date of internship will be in September 2022