INT 2021 CAB 1 - International Relations and Policy Research

INT 2021 CAB 1


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. 

For more information please visit Europol’s website

The objectives of Europol’s internship scheme 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 internship project announcement is to establish a list of successful candidates for the Office of the Executive Director of Europol, independent functions and other Europol teams performing similar duties in Governance and Capabilities Directorates.

The successful applicants will join the respective Internship Projects for a period of 6 continuous months or 3 months, which may be extended for another period of up to 3 months (based on performance of the Intern and business needs). The standard work schedule is 40 hours a week. The internships will take place at the Europol premises in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Based on the profile of the successful candidates, the intern will be allocated to an internship project and the assigned activities will include:

  • Contribute to briefings and reports prepared for Europol’s management;
  • Conduct research and analysis on a wide range of issues affecting the organisation, in coordination with other CAB teams;
  • Research  in the context of international and EU legislative and policy developments and assess relevance/impact for Europol;
  • Provide assistance in preparation of correspondence and official meetings;
  • Provide contribution to project related activities, such as engagement with internal and external stakeholders, support to decisions, task coordination and follow up;
  • Prepare presentations summarising key elements of analysis and recommendations to management;
  • Perform any other task assigned by the team.


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;

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. Experience (in academic or professional settings):
• Experience in projects related to international relations, relation with EU Institutions and EU Agencies, United Nations and/or other international organisations, such as NATO and OSCE;
• Experience in analysis and synthesis of information from a range of sources, including via study/research assignments, especially in the field of terrorism and regional instability, conflict management and international negotiations;
• Experience in drafting clear and concise documents in English, preferably on complex geopolitical matters;
• Experience in event organisation;
• Studying or working in an international environment will be considered as an asset. 

b. Subject knowledge/ education:
• Completed or ongoing studies in the field of International Relations, Political Science, European politics, Law, Security or European studies;
• Knowledge of the EU institutional framework and EU JHA Policy field;
• knowledge of the EU decision-making process.

c. General competencies:
• Excellent communication skills in English, both verbally and in writing;
• Proficient user of IT applications in general and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the internet;
• Interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a team as well as independently;
• Planning and organisational skills;
• Ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment.


Each application for an internship at Europol shall be received by the Human Resources Unit of Europol respecting the closing date. Only selected candidate will be required to provide official documents justifying the fulfilment of the requirements listed in sections 3 and 4 above.
The selection will be carried out by a Selection Committee consisting of one representative of the Human Resources Unit and at least one representative of the relevant Directorate.
Applications for internships will be judged on merit, based on the published selection criteria. Europol will keep, to the best level possible, gender balance and equilibrium between interns from the different Member States.



Interns offered an internship at Europol are awarded a MONTHLY MAINTENANCE GRANT of 839 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 that is available on Europol’s website.


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 internship will take place at Europol’s premise(s) in 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.


Publication date: 6 October 2021
Deadline for application: 27 October 2021
Remote interviews: November 2021
Starting date of the internship project: Q1/Q2 2022

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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