ICDS is the leading think-tank in Estonia specialising in foreign policy, security and defence issues. We aim to be the regional knowledge hub of first choice for the security and defence communities of Estonia, its allies and partners.
ICDS’ mission is to:
• Strengthen Estonia’s security and defence sector by identifying and analysing national security and defence challenges and proposing policy solutions;
• Sharpen strategic thinking in NATO and the EU on security issues that affect the Nordic-Baltic region by offering timely and high-quality analysis and policy recommendations;
• Contribute to enhancing Estonia’s intellectual role within NATO and the EU by developing forward-looking and innovative policy ideas and strategic solutions for the common European and transatlantic security and defence agenda;
• Raise public awareness and stimulate public debate on security, defence and foreign policy matters.
The FSI Global Policy Intern will work for a period of about ten weeks during Summer 2020. The intern's project may include research on security challenges facing the Baltic-Nordic region, of which one of the following themes is likely:
It is also possible to propose an independent small project resulting in an ICDS publication, particularly on the topics of security in Nordic-Baltic region, Russia’s foreign and security policy, Ukraine, China, transatlantic relations or technology and geopolitics nexus.
The exact project will be developed with the intern and ICDS’ program staff. The intern will be expected to take on the following tasks:
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. Applicants should have an interest in issues related to international security and defense issues, specifically in the Baltic-Nordic region.
Russian, Chinese, or French would be useful, but not mandatory.
The internship is located in Tallinn, Estonia.
Student must be eligible to travel to Estonia and must have a passport valid until March 2021. A visa is generally not required unless the student has been studying abroad in Europe in the preceding quarter, or will be studying abroad in the following quarter. Please see this website for more details on visa requirements. FSI will help finalists with the visa process.
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 Coordinator Patrick Laboon directly.
Applicants will be asked to submit: