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Apply to be a U.S. Embassy Intern!

U.S. Embassy Foreign National Student Internship Program

Are you a Hungarian university student who would like an opportunity to gain insight into U.S. foreign policy, diplomacy, and everyday life at the U.S. Mission to Hungary?   Currently, students from two Hungarian universities can apply for work as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, to explore new career avenues and to acquire lifelong skills.  This unpaid internship program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment.  We seek a broad range of academic majors, and a diversity of experience and backgrounds.

Eligibility Requirement

Applicants must:

  • Be a student with active status at one of these Hungarian universities:
    • International Business School, Budapest
    • University of Szeged – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences
    • McDaniel College Budapest
    • Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
    • Corvinus University of Budapest
    • Kodolányi János University, Faculty of International Relations
    • University of Debrecen
  • Have a strong interest in U.S. foreign affairs and bilateral relations.
  • Be able to devote approximately 20 hours/week for a few months to work in one of the offices of the Embassy.
  • Be able to successfully complete a background investigation and a medical check.
  • Be able to speak and write in Hungarian (intermediate level)
  • DURATION OF THE INTERNSHIP IS MAXIMUM SIX WEEKS.  
  • STUDENT PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE A MANDATORY INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT FOR THEIR DEGREE PROGRAM. 

Application Deadlines

The Embassy is advertising the internship possibilities for the Fall 2022 semester.  Deadline for applications: April 20, 2022.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • Interns may be able to earn college credit for successful completion of the internship.
  • Upon successful completion of the internship, you may receive a letter of recommendation/appreciation from the Embassy.
  • Free usage of the gym.
  • Involvement in Embassy community events.

How to Apply

What to send:

  • CV/resume and Application Form (PDF, 160KB; also called Statement of Interest);
    (Application Form/Statement of Interest can be obtained from the Career Center/Office of the applicant’s university/college as well.);
  • Personal statement explaining your reasons for applying for the internship.
  • Valid certificate of active student status.
  • If you wish to apply for an internship in more than one office, please submit an Application Form for each section and also rank your preferences.

Where to submit:

Human Resources Office
Embassy of the United States of America
Szabadság tér 12, H-1054 Budapest
E-mail: budapestrecruitment@state.gov

Duration:
20 hours per week (variable days/hours) for six weeks.

Description of duties:

Contribution in summaries of press or other public materials; reporting on conferences; individual research on selected topics; assisting in organizing events or setting up meetings.

Skills/related studies required to perform the internship, including any special requirements/qualifications:

Good organizational and social skills, relevant education in political science or economics, professional writing ability. The intern should befluent in both Hungarian and English.

How will this internship benefit the section and the intern:

The Political-Economic Section gains a fresh Hungarian, academic point of view on our work, additional talented contributions to the section’s work, and a potential long-term contact and advocate for the Embassy’s work in Hungary.

Pol-Econ can provide adequate workspace and proper equipment to the intern for the scope of her/his duties for the duration of the internship, with no additional cost to the Mission.

How you apply:

Submit your application form (obtained from your university) along with your CV, Statement of Interest, and certification of active student status to the Human Resources Office at the American Embassy, Szabadság tér 12. 1054, Budapest or to budapestrecruitment@state.gov.

Closing date: April 20, 2022

Please note this internship is unpaid.

Duration:

Minimum 4 hours per day or minimum20 hours/week for 6 weeks

The Regional Environmental, Science and Technology, and Health Hub (ESTH Hub Office) has bilateral and regional responsibilities and is one of twelve ESTH Hub Offices that the U.S. State Department has established around the world. Its core mission is to promote U.S. engagement on environmental, scientific, health, and technology issues and to strengthen regional and transboundary cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Caucasus. The Hub Office covers 21 countries in the region including: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Turkey. The ESTH Hub engages with government officials, NGOs, international organizations, academic and research institutions to advocate U.S. positions on issues such as transboundary water protection, climate policy, nature conservation, natural resource management, environmental law enforcement, scientific cooperation, and pandemic preparedness.

Major duties and /or projects include the following

  • General Research: Follow environment, science and technology related articles in the Hungarian press and online media and prepare short summaries, with special regard to the coronavirus epidemic, climate policy, and space policy. Assist the ESTH team with identifying, researching, and assessing significant developments in Hungarian politics and economy in the field of energy, biotechnology, health care, climate, science and technology.
  • Environment: Follow the development of transboundary environmental and scientific policy issues related to renewable energy policy, water protection, climate change policy and clean technology, wildlife trafficking and illegal logging. Assist with science fellows and speakers, and related programs.
  • Space: Assist with monitoring the Hungarian Space policy and related development as well as supporting the US Government’s engagement and cooperation with key Hungarian players.
  • Public Relations: Assist with social media and public outreach messaging on ESTH events with our public affairs section. Develop social media content. Work on fact sheets and our monthly Hub Highlights newsletter to promote our ESTH work.
  • General Tasks: Assist with incoming delegations and planning section meetings and visits. Assist with translation of documents, official Embassy functions, attending and reporting on briefings and meetings. Assist with the section’s outreach efforts to Hungarian policymakers, scientific and NGO groups, institutions and business partners.

Skills and qualifications

  • Having background in environmental policy, natural sciences, environmental economics, biology or ecology is a plus.
  • It is an asset if the candidate has experience with student/youth activities related to green, sustainability, and environmental issues.
  • Ability to develop relationships with colleagues at the Embassy and members of the environmental and science communities.
  • Proactive and able to work quickly and independently.
  • Research and writing skills critical.
  • Desirable Computer skills include strong capability in Word, Excel, Publisher, and Power Point as well as social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
  • Desired language proficiency: English level III/III; Hungarian level III/III.
  • Ability to use office equipment (copier, scanner).

How will this internship benefit the section and the intern

The internship program is a great opportunity for a student to work in a professional environment and with skilled American and Hungarian colleagues.  The intern can develop communication, business and planning skills, have broad insight into regional environmental and scientific issues, improve their professional language skills, and gain a good introduction to the conduct of international relations. The intern will have an opportunity to follow webinars and regional discussions on air quality, climate policy, forestry issues and space policy. The ESTH section will benefit from the intern’s fresh academic knowledge in the field of environmental and scientific policy issues, her/his connection to the universities’ youth groups focusing on sustainability topics, their creativity and their research abilities.

Certification:

The ESTH section would provide the workplace and equipment for the intern to perform the duties during the internship.

Please note that there are no benefits attached to this internship, no compensation nor any future employment rights.

TO APPLY: Please submit application form (to be obtained from the Career Center of the Educational Institution), CV and Statement of Interest to Human Resources Office, American Embassy, Szabadság tér 12. 1054, Budapest, Closing date: April 20, 2022.

Want to get a first-hand impression of how a diplomatic mission works?

Interested in working with international businesses in Hungary?

Who are We?

The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service combines both diplomacy and business with one goal:  helping to strengthen the trade and investment relationship between our two countries.  As the trade branch of the U.S. Embassy, you’ll work with our team to:

  • Conduct market intelligence to gain current information of the latest trends in priority sectors
  • Counsel U.S. and Hungarian firms on the best way to take advantage of the opportunities
  • Prepare market research reports, company profiles, and due diligence reports
  • Promote and recruit Hungarian business delegations to major U.S. and European trade shows
  • Assist Hungarian companies that are thinking about investing in the United States

For more information on, check us out at http://www.trade.gov/hungary/.

What does this mean for You?

While a part of our Embassy family, you’ll get exposed to everything we do but with an insider’s perspective.  You’ll work closely with experienced business advisors to conduct market research and data analysis that will help companies make important business decisions and form long-lasting partnerships.  We also need your help to organize business and networking events, you can attend too. We will ask you to work in our proprietary client tracking system, and make direct calls to potential Hungarian partners for American companies.

We are looking for you if …

You speak English and Hungarian; have a familiarity with market research techniques and databases; you are skilled with Windows Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); and possess good writing and communications skills.

You have strong interest in commercial affairs, business development and current events, ability to articulate business strategies with appropriate manner and formulate concise solutions to complex problems, have analytical, detail oriented approach, and have the ability to work both in a team and independently on projects.

Where and When?

We look for students who can join us for 20 hours per week.  We’ll spend some time training you and want you to be effective at your job, please also note that the duration of your internship is maximum 6 weeks. The internship takes place at our office in the Embassy on Szabadság tér.

Sounds good so far?  Here’s how you apply:

Submit your application form (obtained from your university) along with your CV, Statement of Interest, and certification of active student status to the Human Resources Office at the American Embassy, Szabadság tér 12. 1054, Budapest or to budapestrecruitment@state.gov.

Closing date:  April 20, 2022..

Please note this internship is unpaid.

Duration:
20 hours per week (variable hours) for six weeks.

Major duties and/or projects, the scope of work and related duties:

  • Collecting labor, social security, visa, recruitment information from the “leader” info websites (origo, index etc.)
  • Researching governmental websites to confirm the collected information.
  • Preparing summaries of the announced and planned changes.
  • Assisting in drafting and translating documents.
  • Researching possible advertising sources that are free of charge.
  • Assisting in drafting vacancy announcements, advertisements.
  • Preparing statistics/comparisons regarding various sources of advertising.
  • Assisting in interview scheduling and enrolment.
  • Assisting in different fields of HR (recruitment, social security, etc.).

How will this internship benefit the section and the intern:

The internship program is a great opportunity for the interns to work in a professional environment together with Hungarian and American colleagues.  The intern will have an opportunity to master his/her communication skills, to follow and learn the frequently changing laws, regulations and collect information and improve customer service skills. The intern can gain practical knowledge on the field of HR. The HR Office will benefit from the interns’ fresh academic knowledge, their creativity, as well as computer skills.  

Certification: The Human Resources Office has the adequate workspace and equipment for the interns to perform the duties during the internship.

How you apply:

Submit your application form (obtained from your university) along with your CV, Statement of Interest, and certification of active student status to the Human Resources Office at the American Embassy, Szabadság tér 12. 1054, Budapest or to budapestrecruitment@state.gov.

Closing date: April 20, 2022.

Please note this internship is unpaid.

Number of hours/day:
16-20 hours per week for 6 weeks

Description of duties:

Assist the cultural, press, and online media teams with programs, events, and initiatives. This may include identifying and developing content for the Embassy’s multiple online platforms, participation in youth outreach campaigns, research projects, press monitoring and analysis, English-to-Hungarian translation, administrative tasks, and other duties as needed.

Skills/related studies required to perform the internship, including any special requirements/qualifications:

Fluency in English and Hungarian, good communication skills, knowledge of the United States, knowledge of world affairs and current events, good interpersonal skills.  Familiarity with Embassy social media activity (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), and experience in generating content for social media.  Video production and photo editing skills are a plus, but not required.

How will this internship benefit the section and the intern:

The Office benefits from the diversity of opinion and outlook brought by an intern; the student benefits from the exposure to international affairs and gains experience working in an international environment.  The student will also gain experience in working with online media in a professional capacity.

Certification: The Public Affairs Office has adequate workspace and equipment.

How you apply:

Submit your application form (obtained from your university) along with your CV, Statement of Interest, and certification of active student status to the Human Resources Office at the American Embassy, Szabadság tér 12. 1054, Budapest or to budapestrecruitment@state.gov.

Closing date: April 20, 2022.

Please note this internship is unpaid.