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NSPA Internships policy and Procedures

General Policy

NSPA does not conduct a formal Internship Programme as such, i.e. the Agency does not systematically recruit a certain number of interns every year. NSPA's policy is project driven, i.e. an intern is only hired when a suitable internship project has been identified.

Intern vacancies are published exclusively on this website with a general description of the project and the required intern profile.

Only interns who meet the general internship conditions and the project specific requirements will be considered.

How to Apply

Once a intern project has been published and you want to be considered for that potential internship position at NSPA, please apply via the career website.

Selection Process

After the closing date, the Human Resources Division will screen the applications. The shortlisted applications will be submitted to the requesting entity for evaluation and selection. The Human Resources Division will contact the selected candidate with a conditional offer.

NSPA Internship General Conditions

The NSPA Internship has four main objectives:

  • To provide interns with an opportunity to learn from the NSPA community and gain a better understanding and balanced view of the Agency and NATO in general;
  • To provide NSPA with access to the latest theoretical and technical knowledge that the intern may apply through practical work assignments, as well as with additional resources;
  • To contribute to creating a more diverse workforce at NSPA by encouraging managers to take on interns of different nationalities, origins and backgrounds with a view, in the mid to long-term, to providing NSPA with a younger and more diverse pool of potential future job applicants;
  • To expand the understanding of NSPA and NATO in Alliance countries.


Internships at NSPA will normally last 6 months. Shorter periods or extensions will be possible only in exceptional cases based on the needs of the requesting organizational element.

Eligibility Criteria

Application is limited to nationals of NSPO member states.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old at the start of the internship.

Internships are exclusively offered to current students (at least 2 years of studies) or recent graduates (degree obtained within 12 months of the application). Specific projects may require a specified degree or qualification. For current students, a written agreement from the educational institute will be required prior to the start of the internship.

Proficiency in one of the two official NATO languages is essential, and a working knowledge of the other is desirable. Specific language skills requirements are outlined in the job description/intern profile.

Family relationship
Applicants who are closely related to a member of the staff are not eligible. Close relatives are relatives of the first degree, i.e. parents, spouse/partner, children, brothers/sisters.

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