NATO Internship Program 2021

NATO Internship Program 2021

Salary (Pay Basis) : 1,086.70Euro (EUR) Monthly

Are you interested in gaining experience in high-level events organization?  Are you willing to work in a dynamic environment with ever-changing requirements and many stakeholders including Divisions and Offices across the Alliance, Allied Delegations and Partner Missions?  Are you someone who pays attention to every detail while not losing sight of the big picture?  Are you politically aware and do you have good drafting skills?  Then you could be the intern we are looking for!

NATO is currently looking for an intern who is willing to step up to the challenge of working in the Council Secretariat of the Office of the Secretary General.

The Council Secretariat is responsible for the preparation, organization and follow-up of high-level meetings, visits and events involving the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and other bodies at Ambassadorial, Ministerial and Summit level; the provision of protocol support to the Council, the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General; and the coordination of NAC and subordinate committee business. 
The Council Support team, of which the intern would be an integral part, is responsible for the logistical arrangements for meetings at Ambassadorial level and above, for issuing agendas and preparing minutes, as well as for supporting the Council Coordination Group.



  • be in the possession of a Bachelor’s degree preferably in the areas of Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, International Law, Diplomacy;
  • Sensitivity to customer needs;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • High degree of political awareness;
  • Experience in event organization;
  • possess the following levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (”Advanced”) in one; III (“Intermediate”) in the other.

The following would be considered an advantage:

  • Experience in taking meeting minutes;
  • Knowledge of protocol procedures; 
  • Real-life work experience in multilateral/multicultural environments


To successfully work with the Council Secretariat you will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Achievement: Works to meet standards.
  • Analytical thinking: Breaks down problems and see basic relationships.
  • Clarity and accuracy: Shows general concern for order and clarity, and checks own work.
  • Conceptual thinking: Sees patterns on life/work experience and applies learned concepts.
  • Customer service orientation: Responds appropriately, maintains clear communication.
  • Empathy: Listens actively.
  • Flexibility: Acts with flexibility.
  • Initiative: Reacts to short-term opportunities or problems.
  • Organizational awareness: Understands the Organization’s structure.
  • Organizational commitment: Adheres to NATO’s standards, policies and explicit values. 
  • Teamwork: Cooperates, shares information and knowledge freely, offering support and cooperation. 


In order for the Internship Office to assess your eligibility for the Internship Programme, please attach the following documents:

  • Copy of university qualifications you have completed and/or
  • Proof of ongoing studies with the dates clearly mentioned if you are still studying.

We prefer that these documents are in one of the NATO official language (English or French). If you don’t have these documents in English or French, please attach a self translation.

Please ensure that all information is complete and accurate before submitting your application.

Amendments after the submission cannot be taken into consideration for the evaluation of your application.


This internship is paid, and you will work full time for the period of six months.

Read more about the Internship Programme, including terms and conditions, and what we offer at our website.


NATO is committed to diversity and inclusion, and strives to provide equal access to employment, advancement and retention, independent of gender, age, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, cultural background, sexual orientation, and disability. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all member Nations, and strongly encourages women to apply.

Building Integrity is a key element of NATO’s core tasks. As an employer, NATO values commitment to the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector. Selected candidates are expected to be role models of integrity, and to promote good governance through ongoing efforts in their work.

Due to the broad interest in NATO and the large number of potential candidates, telephone or e-mail enquiries cannot be dealt with.

Please note that the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium is a non-smoking environment.

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