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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 on the application date:

  • 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

13 March 2017 until 18 April (23h59 CET)



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 have been notified in September 2017

Non-selected candidates

All candidates’applications are now closed

Onboarding Period

Security clearances received before mid-February 2018

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

Security clearances received before mid-August 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.