INTERNSHIPS

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 2022 edition is 13th of March 2022 (23:59 CET). 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 complete the select parts of our Application Form.

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, which will be held in hybrid form in Warsaw and online. The interview will be held in English by the program committee on the second weekend of April 2022. 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.

FAQ

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 1996. 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 13th of March 2021. The second stage interviews will take place on the second weekend of April 2021 (tentative date: April 9-10) in Warsaw. The exact date and time of the interview will be confirmed to the selected applicants closer to the time. Applicants for abroad will have the opportunity to participate online. 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 2022. 

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 start of this year’s edition will be influenced by the sanitary conditions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The internships in the UK and in the U.S. will most probably start in mid-August and end in the first half of October. 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.