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.

Internship Programme Specialty Areas (See Hyperlinked Job Descriptions)

HQ SACT – Norfolk, Virginia, USA

JALLC – Monsanto, Lisbon, Portugal

Applicants must review the hyperlinked "Job Descriptions" for each of these specialty areas for specific details on each area to help them determine which (if any) Job Descriptions are of interest to them. Please note that when filling out an application for the 2018 ACT Internship Programme, applicants are required to provide their "top five" choices for placement by selecting the relevant Job Description, and also indicate whether the applicant would also be prepared to be placed in a position that is not one of their "top five".

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.


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.

Application packages shall consist of the following documentation and are to be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Packages that include any additional documentation will be rejected.

  • The completed application form in English and type written, with:
    • Attached English language certification from internationally recognized English testing body (e.g. TOEFL) (if already in possession of a certification);
    • Attached copy of the Bachelor’s Degree Certificate or post graduate Degree Certificate, with a translation into English if applicable;
    • Attached copy of NATO Secret security clearance (if already in possession of a clearance);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Motivational letter, indicating why you want to intern at HQ SACT/JALLC and why you chose a specific specialty area/Job Description. You are required to indicate why your particular educational background and field of study makes you especially well suited to intern in that specialty area(s) bearing the Job Description requirements in mind.

If a response to your submission is not received within 5 working days then you should resubmit your application package.

Applicants who are closely related in the first or second degree to a member of a NATO body, in particular, on the SACT or JALLC staff, are also required to include a statement to this effect, identifying their relative by name and position.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered further; and, due to the high number of applications, no follow-up correspondence will occur if the intern fails to submit all of the required application papers (as described above). Before submitting an application, prospective applicants should consult the FAQ’s on the HQ SACT Internship Programme 2019.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018; any applications received after 1700hrs (EST) on 30 April 2018 will, with no exceptions, be rejected as an untimely submission.

A security clearance from the intern's national authorities is mandatory before the internship can start. HQ SACT will not provide assistance to initiate the process to gain a security clearance, until after an intern receives a conditional offer of acceptance into the Internship Programme. Applicants should not take any independent action to apply for a NATO secret security clearance through their national authorities.

If the intern holds a grant or scholarship, this should be made known in the application.

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.

Questions about the ACT Internship Programme should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



DIVISION: Joint Analysis & Lessons Learned Centre / Office of the Chief of Staff

BRANCH/SECTION: Public Affairs & Protocol Office


The intern will serve as a Public Affairs and Protocol (PA&P) Assistant in the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned (JALLC) Office of the Chief of Staff (COS) under the supervision of the JALLC PA&P. The PA&P Officer is responsible to the COS for all matters related with protocol and official events organization; as well as to the Commander regarding JALLC’s communication activities, acting as spokesperson of the JALLC. The PA&P intern will provide assistance to the PA&P Officer in these tasks and provide other support within the COS’ Office.

Core duties:

  1. Engage in the update of information on JALLC’s Social Media platforms, according to the established Communication Campaigns;
  2. Support PA&P Officer in the planning and conduction of VIP visits to the JALLC;

Additional duty:

  1. Support the JALLC Editor in the development and review of all communication related products;
  2. Support the Office of the COS in any matter considered related to Public Relations and other administrative tasks.


Properly formatted, laid out and well-written communication products for JALLC’s Social Media platforms.


  1. Current or recent Post Graduate in Public Relations, Journalism or equivalent;
  2. Demonstrated excellent writing and English language skills. These skills must include the ability to organize documents logically, write clear and concise, grammatically correct, technical English, and précis long documents;
  3. Interest in Defence and Security issues;
  4. Basic understanding of the principles of International Protocol;
  5. Advanced skills in communicating with selected target audiences using social media platforms;
  6. Advanced skills with Microsoft Word, Publisher and PowerPoint. Required skills include: definition and use of styles, template creation and use, and document layout, including layout of tables and graphics.



DIVISION: Strategic Plan & Policy

BRANCH/SECTION: Strategic Issues & Engagement Branch


Strategic Issues and Engagement (SIE) Branch is responsible for directing and coordinating the continued development of strategic issues ensuring close coordination with Strategic Policy and the subsequent promotion within the Alliance through the development and implementation of the Strategic Engagement Plan.

The intern will work under the direction of the sponsor contributing to the strategic issues programme of work, providing support through content development and the production of formal staff documents. The intern will also be required to establish and maintain contact with a network of military and academic institutions to generate innovative ideas and strategies.


The intern is expected to fully participate in a multinational output focused team in the identification of potential strategic topics for consideration by SACT and in the delivery of innovative solutions which will form the basis for strategic documents and advice to senior NATO staff.

Specific deliverables will depend on the type of proposals and initiatives’ being implemented at the time the position is filled.


Current or recent Postgraduate student in political science/international relations/law and diplomacy.



DIVISION: Joint Analysis & Lessons Learned Centre / Lessons Learned Analysis Division


The Joint Analysis and Lesson Learned Centre (JALLC) is NATO's centre dedicated to support Alliance-wide implementation and sustainment of NATO’s Lesson Learned (LL) Policy through monitoring and supervising the NATO LL Process within the NATO Command Structure and other NATO bodies. The JALLC is the lead agent for the collection and sharing of lessons, accomplished through active content management of the NATO LL Portal, joint analysis as an integral part of the LL Process and outreach to Allies and Partners. The JALLC supports Warfare Development and Warfighting, improving NATO’s ability to operate and adapt, through training, advising and assessment activities enabling the establishment and sustainment of effective LL capabilities across NATO. The intern will serve to assist Operational Analysis in the JALLC LL Analysis Division providing scientific operational analysis support to the JALLC projects. The LL Analysis Division delivers high quality and timely analysis reports, products, and associated Lessons Identified in accordance with the JALLC Bi-SC approved Programme of Work or as tasked through Emergent Joint Analysis Requirements, directly contributing to the development of NATO capabilities, policies, concepts, doctrine, procedures and training.

Core duties under the tutelage of the Sponsor:

  1. Provide technical expertise and advice to members of the JALLC LL Analysis Division and to the JALLC project teams.
  2. Assisting in the development and implemention of techniques for undertaking quantitative and qualitative analysis to meet the needs of the project teams.
  3. Support project team document research, data collections, data analysis, and reporting.
  4. Support drafting of JALLC Analysis Project Reports.

Additional duty:

  1. Support development and staffing of the inputs to other JALLC products as necessary.


Documented elements of JALLC Analysis Project Reports, arising from the core duties, with content and format suitable for external publication.



  1. Current or recent Post Graduate student in Operations Research, Management Science, Applied Sciences, Applied Economics or a closely related subject involving quantitative methods.



DIVISION: Capability Development

BRANCH/SECTION: Defence Planning Integration


The DPI branch is an inter-connected key player in the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s HQ (HQ SACT). It is responsible for coordination and integration of SACT contributions to the NATO Capability Development (CD). DPI also provides expertise on methods and procedures in support of the NATO defence planning process (NDPP) and works closely together with almost all entities in NATO.

The intern will work under the direction of the sponsor in the wide sphere of strategic analysis, concept development and project management to meet the future challenges of the alliance. To understand the versatility of Capability Development in NATO, the intern will be introduced in the differences of military doctrines, policies, publications, High Level Guidance and also other topics of interest that could be relevant in the NATO defence planning.


The intern is expected to fully participate as part of a team in the creation of innovative solutions to develop strategic documents or advices of NATO staff. Specific deliverables will depend on the type of proposals and initiatives’ being implemented at the time the position is filled.


Current or recent Postgraduate student in political science, international relations, public policy or humanities. English proficiency and strong interpersonal skills are essential. An interest in governmental and military affairs and previous work experience in defence or security would be highly desirable.