1. Online Application
To apply for our summer internship program you will need to complete the online application on our website. The closing date for the 2019 edition is 15th of March 2019. We will not accept any applications after that date. We do not accept open applications for any of our internship programs.
You cannot resume a partially completed application form, so make sure you have the following components ready in plain text format before you continue: the answers to our assessment questions, your personal data and your availability. Have your CV also ready to upload.
2. Oral Examination
After the closing date and once we have reviewed all the applications we will contact you with the outcome of your application. If you have been successful you will be invited for a competency based interview in Warsaw. The interview will be held in English by the program committee on a weekend in the first half of April. The committee will assess the applicants’ overall performance and recommend the candidates for the internship program.
2. Oral Examination
After the closing date and once we have reviewed all the applications we will contact you with the outcome of your application. If you have been successful you will be invited for a competency based interview in Warsaw. The interview will be held in English by the program committee in the first week of April. The committee will assess the applicants’ overall performance and recommend the candidates for the internship program.
3. Candidate Selection
Those applicants who receive the recommendation of the committee will have their dossiers sent to the MPs and Congressmen participating in our program. The office staffers will then undertake their own internal review of the applications and they reserve the right to invite each candidate to a telephone interview. Successful candidates will be notified by TFLF as soon as this process is finalised and their candidature is approved by a particular office.
The internships are aimed at exceptional Polish students studying both in Poland and abroad. To apply for an internship applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting course at a Polish or foreign university or college and be born on or after 1 January 1993. To be eligible for the program you need to hold Polish citizenship. Applicants must be fluent in English language and remain in good academic standing. We look for candidates who are proactive, motivated and have a record of involvement in extra-curricular initiatives. Experience in the NGO sector will be advantageous.
The online applications are open until 23:59 CET on 15th of March 2019. The second stage interviews will take place on a Saturday in the first half of April 2019 in Warsaw. The exact date and time of the interview will be confirmed to the selected applicants closer to the time. The office staffers will choose their interns on merit from the pool of candidates recommended by the program committee. Those successful candidates who secure a place in the office of a Member of US Congress will need to commence their US visa application by mid-May 2019.
TFLF offers voluntary internships only. Some costs of participation (i.e. transport, visa costs, housing) may be covered by the sponsors of the program, but the level of sponsorship may be limited and may vary from year to year. Some level of self-funding will be necessary to participate in the program.
Following the success of the first three editions, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and the British Embassy in Warsaw joined TFLF as partners. Both Embassies have awarded TFLF a grant to cover some of the costs of our scholars (such as plane tickets and accommodation in Washington D.C. and London) and will also assist TFLF in developing a series of appointments and meetings with the government officials for the scholars.
The duration of our internship programs typically ranges from 6 to 8 weeks. The internships take place in the summer/fall only. The internships in the UK will usually start in June and last till the end of July. The internships in the U.S. will start in August and end no later than the first half of October. Start and end dates are flexible.
The typical internship will require the interns to work Monday-Friday. Generally, interns are expected to report to work at 9 a.m. and work at least until 5 p.m., however interns will find their schedule varies depending on their assignments. As part of the program, we will arrange “out of the office” meetings for the interns with representatives of a select number of private companies, public institutions, think-tanks and professional services organisations.