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Government & Politics Internships Abroad

AIFS Abroad Internships in Politics and Government.

Why a Government and Politics Internship Abroad is Right for You 

Gaining a profound understanding of Government and Politics within a global context is pivotal for your long-term career success. Our international Government and Politics internships are crafted to broaden your horizons while equipping you with vital professional skills. We tailor our internships abroad to align perfectly with your existing experience, educational background, and future aspirations.  

We advocate for a hands-on approach, urging employers to minimize “administrative tasks” and instead provide you with engaging and impactful projects. As a Government and Politics intern, you may find yourself immersed in diverse responsibilities, including researching legislative issues, assisting with constituent services, supporting policy development, and more. Government and Politics remains one of our most popular and sought-after career fields, with internship opportunities available across many of our locations. 

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Advantages of a Government and Politics Internship with AIFS Abroad

  • Stand out to employers with international Government and Politics work experience 
  • Professional development including interview coaching and career readiness program  
  • Guaranteed placement in a full-time internship  
  • Apply with two career fields, not just Government and Politics  
  • Customize your internship  
  • Academic credit through AIFS Abroad or your home university

Government and Politics Internship Placement Examples

AIFS Abroad has an excellent history of matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns based on their chosen career fields, skills, and interests. The following are just a few examples of internship placements that may be available.

Agricultural Policy Internship with Dublin Senator

This Irish politician, who is a Fianna Fáil senator, is a Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Fianna Fáil entered the Irish government for the first time in 1932. This politician is a native of County Westmeath and they were first elected in 2016. They are also a farmer of Aberdeen Angus cattle.

Intern tasks may include:
– Handling correspondences with clients
– Drafting correspondence and assisting with mail outs to voters
– Conducting research on agriculture related-policy work as well as on climate change, Brexit and other areas
– Preparing official statements and newsletters
– Assisting with representations made by members of the public and drafting correspondence to Government Departments
– Posting on social media and monitoring feedback received on numerous social media platforms
– Assisting with preparation of statements/speeches

Legislative Internship with Veterans Organization

This is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. They don’t just support veterans, they empower them! They provide valuable resources and empower veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community building, they strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.

Intern tasks may include:

– Obtaining an understanding of how policy is formed and practiced
– Learning how to track and analyze new legislation
– Learning how to study, draft, and publish briefs, blogs and papers on current issues facing veterans
– Having an opportunity to attend meetings on Capitol Hill, illustrating firsthand how Congressional hearings, events and conferences work

Research and Events Internship with a Government Policy Organization

This organization exists to promote effective policy making and good governance through better interaction between parliaments, governments, and other stakeholders in society. Their primary focus is the empowerment of human capital through capacity building. To this effect, they organize a range of training programs, conferences, and policy discussions to address current public policy issues on the international stage, in the European Union and the UK. These provide a forum for policy discussion, debate, networking, and sharing of best practices.

They publish a quarterly magazine that brings a unique and rounded perspective to the major issues of the day affecting good governance. They also offer international consultancy services across a range of areas, including electoral affairs, regulation, governance, public sector reform, health, and security.

Intern tasks may include:
– Liaising with the research team to discuss which programs to start researching
– Assessing past programs and start research project they have been assigned and reviewing their draft with the Head of Research
– Assisting the production team with all aspects of event preparation
– Attending training programs or policy events to gain an insight into how they are run and benefit from hearing the content
– Assisting with any on-site event delivery requirements
– Researching appropriate speakers across a range of programs

Advocacy and Government Affairs Internship with Professional Association

Established in 1924, this is the professional association and labor union of a US diplomatic organization. Their principal missions are to promote a strong, effective professional career with the institutional backbone of American diplomacy, to protect the professional interests and rights of its members, ensure the maintenance of high professional standards for all American diplomats, career or political appointees, and to promote understanding of the critical role of diplomacy and development in promoting America’s national security and economic prosperity.

Intern tasks may include:

– Coordinating virtual advocacy meetings
– Monitoring legislative issues and congressional hearings
– Helping with message development
– Drafting memos, articles, talking points, speeches, and other types of statements
– Supporting issue-driven advocacy/grassroots mobilization campaigns

Political Researcher Internship with Consulting Agency

This is a consulting agency that offers services in: Intelligence, Action, and Strategy. Working alongside global organizations, charities and authorities they have sectors set up specializing in: Energy, Technology, and Healthcare. The Consultancy operates in London, Brussels, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast. They are a member of IPREX, one of the world’s largest public relations networks, with 81 partners in 36 countries worldwide. The Agency provides the public affairs consultancy services previously delivered by PoliticsDirect.

Intern tasks may include:
– Researching health agencies and their services
– Learning about UK health policy and how it compares to US policy
– UK Health policy research
– Writing articles on health developments
– New business research examining companies in the health sector

Project Management Internship with a Women's Political Organization

This is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to elect Black women, influence elections, and advance progressive policies. They are building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office and creating the environment for Black women to run, win, and lead. The organization was founded by Black women for Black women’s political growth and equity, and they have a winning plan for building collective political power and expanding Black women elected leadership.

Intern tasks may include:
– Providing support with project meetings
– Maintaining and updating project documents
– Attending staff meetings and documenting minutes
– Drafting internal correspondence

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12 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
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Fall 2024
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8 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
New York City, USA
Summer 2024
8 weeks From $8,490
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8 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
Dublin, Ireland
Summer 2024
8 weeks From $8,990
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12 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
London, England
Fall 2025
12 weeks From $12,490
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Full Time Internship

8 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
London, England
Summer 2025
8 weeks From $9,490
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8 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
Dublin, Ireland
Summer 2025
8 weeks From $9,490
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8 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
Washington D.C., USA
Summer 2024
8 weeks
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Full Time Internship

12 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
London, England
Spring 2026
12 weeks From $12,490

Earn Credit For Your Internship Abroad

AIFS Abroad’s international internship program is designed to complement your college degree. You can earn college credits through your home institution, our school of record, or specific location-based opportunities.

How it Works

Step 1

Apply

Submit your application and start working with your Admissions Counselor. We will have an interview to learn about your career goals, educational background, and location preferences to ensure that you are a good candidate to intern abroad.

Step 2

Accept

Once your interview and application are complete, you’ll be cleared to apply. Your Admissions Counselor and our Placement Team will determine if we’re able to match you with a great host employer in your chosen destination. If accepted, this means we can guarantee you an internship within your career field.

Step 3

Enroll

After acceptance, the next step is to simply enroll into the program with your initial deposit to secure your spot. Enrolling means you have officially decided to join the program and take on the challenge and thrill of living and becoming an intern abroad in a new city!

Step 4

Prepare

Before you arrive in your host city, you will work one-on-one with your Program Advisor. They work with you on professional development, career advising and make sure you are ready to move and intern in your new home.

Step 5

Interview

We will start the match-making process and narrow down employers to a select few that you would be a great fit for. You’ll have a Skype or phone interview before you leave, so they can get to know you, and you can get to know them. If everything goes well, then your internship is confirmed! You’ll know where you’ll be interning and the role you’ll be walking into before you hop on the plane.

Step 6

Arrive

When you’ve arrived in your city, you will meet the Location Coordinator and the other interns at your housing. Your internship will start soon after you’ve arrived and there will be social events and excursions throughout the course of your program. We strive to give you the independence you want with all the support and resources you need to be successful during your travel and internship.

Getting started is simple! In just a few steps, you’ll be on your way to building your resume and gaining critical hands-on experience. 

Note: The vast majority of our internship placements are unpaid.

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