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Intern in the Political, Economic, or Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section

The Political-Economic Section and the Environment, Science & Technology and Health (ESTH) Section of the American Embassy in Copenhagen advance cooperation between the Kingdom of Denmark and the United States of America. The Embassy is offering internships in three specific areas of focus: political, economic and ESTH.

Responsibilities of interns include researching and reporting on political, economic and ESTH affairs with the objective of providing insight into developments affecting U.S.-Danish relations. Issues covered include Danish, Faroese, and Greenlandic internal political and economic affairs, NATO, peacekeeping and security issues, trade developments, financial regulations, clean technology, renewable energy, climate finance, technology commercialization, scientific research collaboration, and Arctic issues (including climate change, wildlife and health).


Interns will report directly to the relevant Specialist. Duties can include providing a written and verbal daily update of current affairs along with providing analyses and briefings on select topics, including contributing to background reports on select areas of interest. The successful candidates will also be expected to attend key lectures/presentations, lead special projects, assist with visitors and actively participate in relevant internal and external meetings and duties may include organizational tasks. Interns will also be able to pursue a long term project to make a lasting contribution in an area in which they have expertise and the Embassy has interest.

Duration and Working Hours

The schedule will be flexible to match the intern’s educational obligations, and the intern will be expected to work approximately 20 hours per week. The internship will begin in February/September and last up to six months with a minimum of four months. The internship is unpaid.


Graduate students with significant interest and/or competencies in economic, environmental and/or political issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

Regardless of academic focus, highly-motivated undergraduate students with strong academic credentials will be considered. Essential skills/abilities include: analytical competencies, thinking creatively, demonstrating a willingness to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, and good organizational and interpersonal skills and maintaining a good sense of humor. The successful candidate must have strong English writing and communication skills. Working level Danish is required.

To Apply

Please indicate if you have a preferred office within the section. Follow the instructions below and indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the POL/ECON/ESTH internship.