1. Internships in the US Congress
TFLF scholars will complete 6-8 week-long internships in the congressional offices of the US Congress on both sides of the aisle.
During the internships, our Scholars gain a great understanding of the American legislative process and policy-making, global and national events shaping the Congress’ priorities, and challenges faced by constituents across various districts in the US. Every day our Scholars face various tasks given to them by congressional Staff Members. For instance, TFLF interns engage in drafting policy memos on current significant events and conduct extensive legislative research. The interns are encouraged to proactively offer to research a topic of their interest in relation to ongoing debates in the Unites States. Before a vote in the House of Representatives, they can be entasked with writing a voting recommendation for their Member of Congress. Moreover, they attend hearings and briefings on a wide range of subjects in order to prepare a report for their office. They also assist in the preparation of daily newsletters and constituent correspondence.
Moreover, meetings with influential opinion leaders from think-tanks, NGOs, international organisations and business representatives are an integral part of the program. Learn more about the extracurricular opportunities we offer by reading about the previous editions on our website.
2. Internships in the UK Parliament
The 2023 TFLF edition at the UK Parliament will adopt two modes: an 8-week internship in the House of Lords or a 2-week study visit in the House of Commons combined with extracurricular meetings in London. Tasks during the internships vary, which makes the experience dynamic and developing.
During the internship at the House of Lords, aside from attending whip meetings and drafting policy memos, TFLF Scholars helped with the preparations of the Members of the House of Lords addresses in the Chamber. Also, the internship is an occasion to research a wide-range of topics and draft speeches. Moreover, during an internship at Lord Bird’s Office, our Scholar was tasked with planning and preparing the Future Generations Campaign. His tasks encompassed researching welfare and social systems in the UK and various European countries. Furthermore, our Scholars delivered presentations internally and actively participated in related discussions with external stakeholders, such as business and governmental bodies. Our Scholars were also tasked with preparing amendments to several bills and observed their introduction during the legislative process. Lastly, they prepared and published social media posts.
3. Double Internship Initiative
Meet TFLF Double Internship Initiative Partners 2023
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa is a capital group concentrating several dozen production plants, service facilities and research centres crucial for the Polish defence industry. PGZ manufactures innovative systems and solutions used by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland and allied formations. The Group’s offer encompasses: modern radiolocation and radar systems, rifles and optoelectronics, wheeled armoured transporters, barrel artillery, unmanned air systems and systems supporting battlefield management.Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa is the main industrial partner in the Technical Modernisation Programme of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland run by the Polish Ministry of National Defence
CEC Group is the leading independent public affairs agency and network in Central Europe, offering integrated public affairs, strategic communications, analytical and intelligence services to multinational clients across a full range of industrial and commercial sectors, including but not limited to Energy & Climate, Digital & Technology, Pharma & Healthcare, Financial Services, FMCG, Mobility & Infrastructure, and Defence & Security.
The internships are aimed at 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 1997. To be eligible for the program you need to hold Polish citizenship. Applicants must be fluent in English 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. We especially value candidates who demonstrate their vision and genuine interest in transatlantic affairs. TFLF will host webinars concerning tips on how to prepare the application.
The online applications are open until 23:59 CET on 26th of March 2023. The second stage interviews will take place in the second half of April 2023 (tentative date: April 22) in Warsaw. The exact date and time of the interview will be confirmed to the selected applicants closer to the time. Subsequently, the office staffers in Washington DC and London 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 2023.
Although TFLF offers voluntary internships only, successful candidates are awarded financial scholarships. The major costs of participation (i.e. transport, visa costs, housing, health insurance) will be covered by the sponsors of the program. However, some level of self-funding will be necessary to participate in the program.
Following the success of the first 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 U.S. will most probably start in mid-August and end in the first half of October. The internships in the UK will take place, depending on the office, in June-July or September-October 2023. If you know you are unable to participate in those exact select months, please notify us in your Application Form.
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, international organizations, think-tanks, and professional services organisations.
Please join us on 1 March 2023 at 7 PM (CET) to learn more about the Transatlantic Internship Program and the 2023 recruitment process. Hear directly from our alumni who will be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m0WoaQT0RwuBnVdkNPqHaw?fbclid=IwAR23vBJ49wa_u2A2hRe8-7zjF0j2slsEbzCPI7v-reh2YJhg1dm3Yp2RPd0