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Internship - Political and Defence Department

The Danish Embassy in Vilnius is looking for two interns that have an interest in political and defence matters, to join the political affairs team for six months from 1 February 2019 to 31 July 2019.

The embassy offers a varied working environment with challenging tasks and professional feedback. As an intern, you will become acquainted with Lithuanian politics as well as the Baltic countries’ defence and culture, in addition to living in a vibrant city.

Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic countries and it is an important partner for Denmark especially in the EU, NATO and Nordic cooperation. The embassy’s political work covers promotion of Danish interests particularly in the contexts of foreign affairs and security politics as well as culture and communication. The embassy covers defence politics for all three Baltic countries with the main purpose being to propagate cooperation between the Danish and Baltic defence.

Assignments

The embassy is looking for two interns to assist the Ambassador and the Defence Attaché in their daily work by following the political, as well as the defence and security related developments in both the country and the region. The tasks will consist of media monitoring, information gathering, and participation in conferences and meetings with political decision-makers and opinion formers, among other things. The interns will also assist with composing reports regarding defence and security related issues. The tasks will furthermore include writing reports and making analyses regarding Lithuania’s political and economic interests including expectations and positions prior to international summits, especially under the auspices of the EU and NATO. The interns will also perform ad hoc tasks and collaborate in updating the embassy’s website and Facebook page.

Depending on study area and special interests, the interns will get an opportunity to write an independent report regarding specific Lithuanian or Baltic matters. The interns will work closely with the Political Adviser and cooperate with the other employees at the embassy, among these the commercial intern. Additionally, the interns will cooperate with the other political interns at the embassies across the Baltic region.

The aim of the internship

The internship will contribute to the student’s education and will be organized in a manner that will ensure credit transfer if the intern’s place of study permits this. The internship will also give the intern insight into the work of the Danish Foreign Service.

Qualifications

The interns are required to have a bachelor-degree in social/political studies or another relevant area of study. Important skills include information seeking and communication in both written and spoken Danish and English. Qualification such as independence and good spirits are likewise important.

In addition, the existence of a security clearance is a requirement before starting the internship. The security clearance will be obtained by the embassy.

Conditions of the internship

The internship is unpaid. The embassy provides a free living space in an apartment in the centre of Vilnius. The apartment is shared by the embassy’s three interns. It is possible to bring your S.U. grant if your place of study permits credit transfer of the internship.

The actual costs of living in Vilnius are somewhat lower than in Denmark.

Application

Application in English, CV, recent transcripts and possible letters of recommendation should be addressed to the Ambassador and sent in one PDF document via e-mail to vnoamb@um.dk. Please write “Political and Defence intern” as the subject.

The application can also be sent to:

The Royal Danish Embassy
T. Kosciuskos gatve 36
LT-01100 Vilnius
Lithuania

The deadline for applications is September 15th 2018

Further information can be obtained from the current interns:

Sara Hejgaard Elsborg, Politics and Defence, sarels@um.dk, phone: +370 5264 8788
Niklas Albertsen Nedergaard, Politics and Defence, nikned
@um.dk, phone: +370 5264 8764