NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Norman Naimark, Senio Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies

About the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence:

The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) became functional in January 2014. On July 1 the same year, seven member states – Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom – signed memorandums of understanding on the establishment of the StratCom COE. The centre received NATO accreditation on 1 September 2014, and, as stated in the 2014 Wales Summit Declaration, Allies welcomed, “…the establishment of the StratCom COE as a meaningful contribution to NATO’s efforts…” in the area of strategic communications.

The NATO StratCom COE, based in Riga, Latvia, contributes to improved strategic communications capabilities within the Alliance and Allied nations. Strategic communication is an integral part of the efforts to achieve the Alliance’s political and military objectives, thus it is increasingly important that the Alliance communicates in an appropriate, timely, accurate and responsive manner on its evolving roles, objectives and missions.

The mission of the NATO StratCom COE is to contribute to the Alliance’s communication processes by providing comprehensive analyses, timely advice and practical support to the Alliance. It's strength is built by multinational and cross-sector participants from the civilian and military, private and academic sectors and usage of modern technologies, virtual tools for analyses, research and decision making.


The FSI Global Policy intern will work for a period of nine or ten weeks during Summer 2018, supporting Public Affairs, helping with management of the Academic journal Defence Strategic Communications, and working on other related projects related to disinformation.

The intern's main tasks will involve Proofreading, fact-checking, writing articles, doing background research. If a student will show interest in an ongoing project, we will give an opportunity to support it with his knowledge and expertise.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate and graduate students. Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Additional skills required:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong written and analytical skills
  • Coding skills preferred
  • IT proficiency
  • Research skills

Language Requirement:

None required. Proficiency in another language (especially - Arabic or Russian) would be more than welcome.


The internship is located in Riga, Latvia.

Visa Requirement:

A visa may be required depending on the intern's nationality. 


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact FSI Academic Program Manager Patrick Laboon directly.


Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

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Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship

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