Thursday, 21 February 2013

Summer internships: a fantastic way to begin to explore options

Most students at SAIS Bologna work an internship in the summer between their first and second year of study. 

The range of activities and destinations is as diverse as the student body itself. Click here to watch a video in which last year's students talk about their summer plans.

Today, we asked Kathryn Knowles, associate director of European Studies, to tell us about some of the new internship opportunities for SAIS Bologna students.

(Quiz: In which European capital would you see the cathedral pictured below? First person to answer correctly wins a SAIS Bologna tee shirt. You can respond by commenting on this post or via email to

Summer 2013 in Brussels, Copenhagen or Istanbul? How about Paris, Warsaw or Zagreb?

These are a few of the European destinations where more than a dozen SAIS students will be spending the summer as interns at a variety of organizations across the public, private and non-governmental sectors.

The unique SAIS model of providing a trans-Atlantic education means that students have the opportunity to study international relations first from a European perspective in Bologna and then from an American one in Washington DC.

One of the goals of the SAIS European Studies program in particular is to provide a “third country experience” during the summer between the first and second years of study, allowing program concentrators to experience living and working in yet another European capital.

The program has teamed up with Career Services in Bologna to provide a number of new opportunities for the summer of 2013. Students interested in gaining private sector experience in public affairs consulting will head to Acumen Public Affairs or FIPRA in Brussels or the Vlahovic Group in Zagreb.

Kathryn Knowles
Those interested in designing their own research projects will go to Copenhagen to work with the Danish Emergency Management Agency or to Warsaw to the Polish Institute for International Affairs.

Trans-atlanticists can explore their interest in EU-US relations at the German Marshall Fund or the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, both in Brussels; another will go to Washington DC to work with the Transatlantic Academy.

Understand Russian? How about a business development internship with Fox International Channels in Istanbul focused on markets in the Caucuses?

Parlez-vous français?  That will come in handy at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris or Brussels.

One lucky student will even get to continue his or her Bologna experience by working with CRIF, the market leader in continental Europe in the field of banking credit information based right here in town.

All internships are posted in SAISworks and are open to students in every concentration. The diversity of internship opportunities reflects the vastness of career choices for SAIS students after graduation - a summer internship is a fantastic way to begin to explore these options.

Kathryn Knowles