INT 2019 OS 10- Open Sources support – generic selection procedure

INT 2019 OS 10


Applications are invited for this INTERNSHIP PROJECT at the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol).
Europol is located in The Hague, The Netherlands, and its main tasks are the following:
a) to collect, store, process, analyse and exchange information and intelligence;
b) to aid investigations in the Member States, in particular by forwarding all relevant information to the national units;
c) to ask the competent authorities of the Member States concerned to initiate, conduct or coordinate investigations and to suggest the setting up of joint investigation teams in specific cases;
d) to provide intelligence and analytical support to Member States in connection with major international events;
e) to prepare threat assessments, strategic analyses and general situation reports relating to its objective, including organised crime threat assessments.
For more information please visit Europol’s website

The aims of the official Internship scheme with Europol are:
 • To provide Interns with a unique and first-hand experience of the workings of Europol in particular and of the European Union institutions in general. It aims at providing an understanding of the objectives and goals of the Europol processes and policies.
 • To enable Interns to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of Europol departments and services. To provide the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi-ethnic environment contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance. To promote European integration within the spirit of new governance and through active participation to create awareness of true European citizenship.
 • To provide the opportunity to Interns to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies and training and in particular their specific areas of competence. To introduce these Interns to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.
Europol, through its official Internship scheme:
 • Benefits from the input of enthusiastic Interns, who can give a fresh point of view and up-to-date academic and educational knowledge, which will enhance the everyday work of Europol;
 • Creates a pool of Interns with first-hand experience of and training in Europol procedures, who will be better prepared to collaborate and co-operate with Europol in the future;
 • Creates long-term “goodwill ambassadors” for European ideas and values both within the European Union and outside.




The aim of this generic internship project announcement is to establish a list of successful candidates for various Europol teams:
• G15, Corporate Affairs Bureau, Open Sources Team
• O34, European Cybercrime Centre, Analysis Project TWINS
• O52, Horizontal Operational Services, Strategic Analysis Team
Depending on the project allocation, the successful applicants will join the Internship Projects for a period of 6 consecutive months, or a period of 3 months which may be extended for another period of up to 3 months (based on the performance of the Intern). The standard work schedule is 40 hours a week. The internships will take place at Europol premises in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Based on the profiles of the successful candidates, the Intern will be allocated to one of the following internship projects:

Open Sources team (G15) (1 May 2019)
This internship project focuses on media and social media monitoring, the collection of open source information and the production of open source reports for Europol staff and Europol’s management.
The Intern will support the following activities:
- Carrying out daily media and social media monitoring on a rolling basis throughout the day;
- Preparing and distributing the Europol News Report (Daily Newsletter);
- Collating and drafting Open Sources profiles, security and other ad hoc reports;
- Assisting in managing and maintaining the Europol library, including the storing of books and periodicals, and the upkeep of legal and law enforcement publications;
- Assisting in any other duties as assigned by the line manager.

Analysis Project TWINS team (child sexual exploitation) (O34) (1 November 2019)
This internship project focuses on the support to the AP Twins (Child sexual exploitation) team in conducting open source research on topics of strategic interest in the crime area and providing support and content to the European Platform of Experts (EPE) community for combating child sexual exploitation.
The Intern will support the following activities:
- collecting, analysing and integrating information and intelligence from open sources into strategic intelligence products;
- assist in the “Trace an Object” initiative by researching processed object on OSINT;
-provide other support as identified by the Supervisor.

Strategic Analysis team (O52) (1 April 2019)
This internship project focuses on media monitoring, the collection of open source information and the production of open source reports or inputs for Europol strategic analysis reports.
The Intern will support the following activities:
- collecting, analysing and integrating information and intelligence from open sources into strategic intelligence products;
- assist in refining the OSINT (open source intelligence) collection process for strategic analysis purposes;
- carry out ad-hoc research for strategic analysis purposes;
- provide other support as identified by the Supervisor.


1. The Internship candidate must:
a. be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
b. have reached the age of majority in their country of origin;
c. have a level of education which corresponds to completed or ongoing university studies or vocational training relevant for the tasks of Europol. Only diplomas issued by EU Member State authorities and diplomas recognised as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State bodies are accepted. If the main studies took place outside the European Union, the candidate’s qualification must have been recognised by a body delegated officially for the purpose by one of the European Union Member States (such as a national Ministry of Education) and a document proving this must also be mentioned in the application form (and later on submitted) to enable the Selection Committee to assess accurately the level of qualification;
d. have very good knowledge of at least two European Union languages, of which one should be English, the working language of Europol services;
e. provide a recent Certificate of Good Conduct prior to commencing the Internship. An overview of relevant certificates for each of the Member States is available on the Europol website. The certificate is to be issued by the authorities of the Member State of which the Intern is a national of. It may not be older than three months when presented to Europol. Europol may also accept a valid security clearance issued by a competent National Authority, which should be presented for validation to Europol prior to commencing the Internship.

2. Europol  wishes  to  offer  to  as  many  people  as  possible  the  opportunity  of  an Internship in an EU agency/institution. Therefore applications will not be accepted from candidates who – for more than six weeks:
f. have already benefited or benefit from any kind of Internship (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) within a European institution, agency or body, or
g. have had or have any kind of employment within a European institution, agency or body.

3. All  Interns  who  may  be  entrusted  with  a  sensitive  activity  or  access  classified information at Europol shall be security cleared at the appropriate level, prior to commencing the Internship.


a. General experience:
• Previous experience working with open sources (collection, collation and analysis) and/or open source intelligence (OSINT) in academic or professional settings.
b. Subject knowledge/ education:
• Completed or ongoing studies in the internship project or related areas (political science, social sciences, media studies, corporate communications, event management).
c. Technical skills and competencies:
• Excellent communication skills in English on C1 or C2 level;
• Proficient user of IT applications in general and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the internet;
• Experience in exploiting publicly available sources, including news and social media, academic sources and others.
d. Social skills and competencies:
• Strong motivation to join an EU Agency;
• Interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a team as well as independently;
• Ability to work in an international or multi-cultural environment;
• Interest in law enforcement and EU Affairs;
• Creative “outside-the-box” thinking.


Each application for an Internship at Europol shall be received by Europol, Human Resources Unit respecting the closing date set. Only selected candidate will be required to provide official documents justifying the fulfilment of the requirements listed in section "Selection criteria".
The selection will be carried out by a Selection committee consisting of one representative of the Human Resource Unit (HRU) and at least one representative of each Directorate.
Applications for Internships will be judged on merit, on the basis of the published selection criteria. Europol will keep, to the best level possible, gender balance and equilibrium between Interns from the different Member States.
In case an applicant is not contacted by the Europol HR Unit by the date of the Skype interviews, as indicated in the Terms and Conditions, the application shall be considered as not successful.


Interns meeting the eligibility criteria are awarded a MONTHLY MAINTENANCE GRANT of 808 EUR during the period of Internship.
Interns receiving the grant and whose place of selection is more than 50 km from The Hague are entitled to the reimbursement of travel expenses incurred at the beginning and end of the Internship.
All Interns are insured by Europol against the risk of accident or death while present or having a link to Europol premises.
All interns must possess sickness insurance throughout the entire period of their Internship. Interns are advised to take out a civil liability insurance.
Please consult the Decision of the Executive Director on Internships with regards to specificities of the financial matters. 


Internships shall be granted for a minimum period of 3 months and a maximum period of 6 months.

No Intern may serve beyond this 6-month period at Europol in the same or a similar capacity (i.e. a second Internship). No person who has completed an Internship at Europol will be accepted in the future for another Internship.

The Internship contract will be provided to the Intern on the first day of the Internship.

An Intern placed at Europol shall be allocated a formal supervisor who will be responsible for his/her supervision whilst at Europol. This shall include the establishment of formal learning objectives and assessing these at the end of the placement.

The Intern will be required to produce a final report on the Internship period.

The standard work schedule is 40 hours a week. The place of internship will be The Hague, The Netherlands.
Please refer to the Decision of the Executive Director on Internships available on Europol’s website for further details on the Internship related matters.

Deadline for application:                        26 February 2019
Skype interviews:                                 1st week of March 2019
Starting date of the Internship project:   1 April / 1 May / 1 November 2019


If you would like to apply for this Internship, please submit your application via the online tool.

For further details on the application process, please email


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Data controller
The controller of the processing operation upon your personal data is the Head of the HR Unit.

Purpose of the collection of data
The data submitted is processed in order to assess the suitability of candidates for a position at Europol as Temporary Agent (TA), Contract Agent (CA), Intern or Trainee, and to administrate the documentation related to the selection. The data collected in order to comply with this purpose are the ones required in the application form plus all data provided by the data subject in paper or electronic format.

Legal bases for processing personal data
The legal bases for the processing of personal data for TAs and CAs are:
• Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (Title III Chapter 1) and their implementing rules;
• Management Board Decision laying down general implementing provisions on the procedures governing the engagement and the use of TAs at Europol of 30 July 2010;
• Management Board Decision laying down general implementing provisions on the procedures governing the engagement and the use of CAs at Europol of 13 October 2010.
The legal basis for the processing the personal data for Interns is the Decision of the Europol Executive Director on Internships of 15 March 2018. 

Recipients of the data
Recipients of the data for the positions of TAs and CAs are Europol staff employed in the Administration Department dealing with HR and financial matters, the members of the Selection Committee, the Deputy Executive Director Capabilities and the Executive Director.
Recipients of the data for Interns are Europol staff employed in the Administration Department dealing with HR and financial matters, the Supervisor of the Intern and its superior line management as well as respective colleagues involved in the selection process and the Deputy Executive Director Capabilities.

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All documents provided to Europol will be kept in Europol’s files and will not be returned to the candidate. Applications of non-recruited candidates will be kept for a maximum of four years for TAs, CAs and Interns. Data of non-recruited applicants on the reserve list for appointment will be kept for a maximum of five years after the expiry of the reserve list for TAs, CAs and Interns. Data of recruited candidates will be transferred to their personal file. Data of the selected Interns will be kept for seven years after the finalisation of the Internship programme.
Data stored in the e-recruitment tool might be further stored in HR electronic and paper files related to the selection procedure.  

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Kindly note that opposing to this processing operation will automatically exclude you from being considered for the recruitment and selection procedure.



26 February 2019, 23:59:59 CET

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Europol organisation

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Heads of Units - Various Departments