The aims of Europol’s internship projects are to:
- provide interns with unique and first-hand practical experience and knowledge of Europol’s workings, objectives, services and goals in particular and of the European Union institutions in general;
- provide interns with the opportunity to work in a multicultural and multilinguistic environment, thus contributing to the development of mutual understanding and trust;
- promote European integration;
- provide interns with the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during their studies and training;
- introduce interns to the professional world and its constraints, duties and opportunities.
Through its official internship scheme, Europol:
- benefits from the input of enthusiastic interns, who can offer staff a fresh perspective and up-to-date academic and educational knowledge;
- creates a pool of former interns who will be better prepared to collaborate and cooperate with Europol in the future;
- creates long-term „goodwill ambassadors“ for European ideas and values both within and outside the EU.
Internships last three to six months (40 hours a week), depending on the needs of each internship project.
Interns work at Europol headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Interns are awarded a monthly maintenance grant, EUR 839 for 2021 and may be entitled to the costs of travelling to and from The Hague at the beginning and end of the internship.