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Internship – Delegation of Canada to the OSCE

THE PROGRAM

The internship program of the Delegation of Canada to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (located in Vienna, Austria) is designed to provide Canadian students with an opportunity to get directly involved in international affairs. Our interns support the activities of the Delegation in the promotion and advocacy of Canadian interests and policies at the OSCE. Working alongside Canadian diplomats, interns gain first-hand experience in the day-to-day work of a multilateral delegation. As such, our interns are an integral part of the team.

To the extent possible, tasks and responsibilities are assigned based on our interns’ interests, and include:

  • Attending OSCE meetings and drafting reports of these meetings for Ottawa
  • Monitoring, analyzing and reporting, as appropriate, on developments of interest to Canada within the OSCE area
  • Contributing to the preparation of Canadian statements to be delivered in OSCE fora, either in response to various speakers or to present Canada’s position on a specific issue
  • Preparing and researching to support policy development
  • Supporting the organization of official visits
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WHO CAN APPLY?

This internship program is open to CANADIAN citizens or permanent residents, who are currently enrolled students or recent graduates who are returning to full-time studies after completing their internship. The Delegation is looking for strong candidates with a solid academic record and relevant work/volunteer experience. While preference will be given to Master’s students, candidates with or currently completing an undergraduate degree will also be considered.

CALENDAR

There are usually one or two interns working at the Delegation at any given time. Our interns are usually with us for a period of at least three months. Our indicative calendar is as follows:

Winter: January-April

Spring/Summer: April/May-August

Fall: September-December

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying, please send to the following address: vosceadmin@international.gc.ca:

  1. A copy of your CV;
  2. A cover letter outlining why you are a strong candidate;
  3. A writing sample (1-2 pages)

In your message, please indicate when you would be available for the internship.

THE FINE PRINT

  • Internships are unpaid.
  • Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset. Note that English is the working language at the OSCE.
  • Selected candidates will need to obtain the necessary security clearance (the internship cannot be confirmed until clearance has been received). This process normally takes a few weeks and will begin upon receipt of a conditional offer of internship.
  • Interns are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents for the duration of their stay in Vienna. More information is available at: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/…/practic…/travelling-to-austria.html
  • Proof of a travel/medical insurance policy (or equivalent) for the duration of the internship is required.
  • The Delegation cannot provide any assistance, financial or otherwise, with respect to accommodation, air travel, insurance, etc. However, useful information can be found at:
    • https://viennabusinessagency.at/…/invest-i…/expat-in-vienna/
    • http://www.easyexpat.com/fr/guides/autriche/vienne.htm
  • Some additional information as well as advice from previous interns may be found on the Facebook group: Canada OSCE Internships. Another Facebook group – Vienna Interns COMNET – can also be a good place to start when looking for accommodation, as well as https://sites.google.com/site/internofficevic/vienna