Frequently Asked Questions for Global Policy Internships
When do applications open, and when is the deadline?
Applications will open in early January, 2018, and students will have one month to apply. Students can start an application, save it, and return to it later.
How many internships can a student apply for?
They can apply to one field research internship and one global policy internship, but they can apply to all of the Brussels internships with SGS.
Will visas be required?
Visa requirement will depend on the country of the internship as well as the country of origin of the student fellow. Students will need a passport valid through March 2018, and may need a visitor visa for certain placements. For placements within the EU, a visa is generally not required for U.S. citizens for a stay of less than 90 days in the Schengen area during a 180-day period. Fellows are responsible for determining whether or not they need a visa.
Will housing be provided?
For the field research internships, housing is organized with the host organization. For the global policy internships, housing costs are covered by FSI stipends, but fellows will be responsible for securing their housing for their internship. Please budget accordingly. FSI staff can assist with finding housing.
Are there language requirements?
Certain internships have strong language preferences, such as Mandarin proficiency for CEEE, and Japanese for NIRA. For others, it is helpful to speak the language, but not a requirement.
How do stipends work?
For Global Policy Internships, FSI’s Global Policy Fellows are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends average $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application.
For the Field Research internships, the budget per fellow will be decided by FSI and REAP, and costs will be covered directly.
What is submitted in an application?
-Name of faculty reference (letter or recommendation is not required)
-Most Recent Unofficial Transcript
**CEEE applicants need to also submit:
-3-5 page analytic writing sample
-No more than a 500-word answer to the question: “If you wanted to improve the educational outcomes of rural Chinese schoolchildren, what kind of project would you encourage REAP to add to its portfolio, and why?
-A letter or statement from the language center or a language teacher indicating level of Mandarin language fluency. If you are a native speaker and do not have documentation, please provide a brief statement of your language background.
**EBAI applicants need to also submit:
-Finalists will be asked to translate their resume and application into Spanish and to provide proof of Spanish language proficiency.
-Finalist will also be asked to provide two reference letters from faculty members and/or professional colleagues.
Note: EBAI will require the selected intern to sign a contract and provide some personal information (e.g. passport, proof of health insurance, return airline ticket, etc.).
Are there required courses for the internships?
Some internships list required or recommended courses. Please see an internship’s individual page for more information.