Please Note!: The recruiting phase will begin in the beginning of January 2018.

The HQ SACT Internship Programme 2019 aims to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to 'intern' with HQ SACT in Norfolk, Virginia, HQ SACT, Staff Element Europe, Mons, Belgium or at the Joint Analysis Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) in Monsanto, Lisbon, Portugal. Interns will benefit by gaining understanding of an International Organization, while substantiating their Curriculum Vitae. All internship placements will be for a six month period, with start dates to be determined individually as interns cannot start their internship without their NATO Secret security clearance, and the timing for the completion of clearances varies by nation.

Programme Objectives

To provide the Organization with access to the latest theoretical and technical knowledge that the intern can apply through practical work assignments, as well as with additional staff resources.

To provide interns with an opportunity to learn from the HQ SACT or JALLC community and get a better understanding and a more balanced view of the Organization.

To contribute to creating a more diverse and gender-balanced workforce.

To expand understanding of ACT, JALLC and NATO in Alliance countries.

Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Internship

2019 Interns will be either current post graduate students or recent post graduates who have obtained their post graduate degree as of 1 January 2018.

Age: Over 21 at the time of internship (for insurance reasons) and not older than 35 at the time of application;

Nationality: Nationals of a NATO member country; Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Languages: The two official languages of NATO are English and French, however the work both oral and written in this Headquarters as a whole is conducted mainly in English.

Insurance and Immigration Requirements: Interns are required to have health insurance coverage, and take care of formalities with the U.S. authorities regarding their stay in the United States.

Security Clearance: All interns will require a security clearance from their national authorities prior to starting their internship at HQ SACT or JALLC. Applicants that already have a NATO Secret security clearance are asked to enclose a copy of the clearance with their application package.


Interns will be paid a lump sum of approximately $1,150 per month and will be reimbursed for travel costs on joining and separation from the Headquarters, subject to the internship regulations in force. The payment is not exempt from taxation.

Applicants are advised that the cost of living accommodation and transportation rates in the Norfolk area are very high and it is extremely difficult for interns to live on their monthly internship stipend alone.

2019 Internship Application Process

There will be one call for applications for the 2019 Internship Programme, early January 2018 to 30 April 2018, with start dates determined individually (in principle, in Spring and Fall). Internships will be for a six-month period. Full details of the placements available and the application process will be posted here in the beginning of January 2018.

The ACT Internship Programme Decision Matrix:
Action Timeline Consequence
Advertise ACT Internship Programme Jan 2018 to 30 Apr 2018 HQ SACT receives and processes application packages
Confirm applicants' eligibility As soon as possible following receipt of application If 'Eligible', applicant will receive e-mail notification of registration.
If 'Not Eligible', applicant will receive e-mail notification detailing the reasons for the rejection.
Selection process Mid to late Jun 2018 If 'Selected”, either as an intern or as a reserve HQ SACT sends e-mail notification to applicant.
If 'Not Selected', HQ SACT sends 'regrets' e-mail to applicant.
On boarding Period 1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019 On boarding process will be determined on an individual basis dependent upon when the Security Clearance is received.

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