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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
  • 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 2021 semester.  Deadline for applications: August 15, 2021.

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 hours) for six weeks.

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

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

Required qualifications to include:

  • Language – Hungarian and English (German, Russian, or Chinese an additional advantage but by no means required)
  • Knowledge, abilities, and skills required – good organizational and social skills, relevant education in political science or economics, professional writing ability

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 also have an opportunity to master his/her communication skills,

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.

Certification:  The Political-Economic Section 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: August 15, 2021.

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:

Variety of projects to include assisting with Awards program, managing files (physical and electronic), may help with administering language tests, scheduling interviews, following up with applicants regarding missing documents, updating SharePoint, filing/scanning documents, creating fillable documents, etc.

Required qualifications to include:

Language Hungarian/English

Knowledge, abilities, and skills required Computer skills, Microsoft Office, SharePoint

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 also have an opportunity to master his/her communication skills,

Section benefits from additional Hungarian speakers; interns benefit by learning about how the Embassy works, learns about human resources from within the section, and will have an opportunity to be exposed to broad range of HR project.  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: August 15, 2021.

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:

Intern provides general support of core business services, event process management, management of incoming emails and phone calls, review of Hungarian companies using research databases, Salesforce contact and organization management (if the duration of the internship permits).

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, check us out at http://www.trade.gov/hungary/

Required qualifications to include:

  • Language Hungarian/English
  • Knowledge, abilities, and skills required: good English communication skills, effective use of Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, Outlook, contact outreach management, soft skills via phone and email, event process management.

How will this internship benefit 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 also have an opportunity to master his/her communication skills.

The intern also has an opportunity to gain unique experience and insight into US- Hungary business relations. This within the greater scope of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries, while fulfilling the required work experience in their studies. Intern may also be inspired by getting to know key businesses in the Hungarian market in his/her sector of interest relating to field of study.

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: August 15, 2021.

Please note this internship is unpaid.

Minimum 4 hours per day or minimum 20 hours/week for six 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, 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, illegal logging. Assist with regional Zoohackathon, small grant monitoring, science fellows and speakers, and other wildlife trafficking programs.
  • Space: Work on the regional Space Hackathon, securing participants, mentors, and other preparation. Participate in the space exhibit at the Natural History Museum, working with the public affairs section, as well as Hungarian stakeholders to maximize publicity and attendance at the exhibit.
  • 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 and climate policy issues and participate in preparation for hackathons on wildlife trafficking 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. However, due to coronavirus epidemic, it is expected the intern teleworks.

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: August 15, 2021.

Duration:

Up to six weeks

Typically 20 hours a week (times variable)

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

  • Translates and summarizes protocol-related correspondence including invitations in Hungarian
  • Maintains log of invitations, keeps record of each invitation, follows up with the relevant offices regarding the invitation
  • Coordinates all protocol aspects with mission personnel regarding their attendance when they are attending an event on the Chief of Mission’s behalf
  • Handles incoming phone calls and emails with tact and discretion under close supervision
  • Assists with preparation of guest lists, enters data
  • Escorts high level contacts of the Executive office

Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) in the Windows 10 platform
  • Oral and written fluency in English and Hungarian
  • Flexible team-player with a no-task-too-big-or-too-small attitude
  • Able to display professional, responsible, and dedicated demeanor at all times

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, learn how the embassy Protocol office operates, learn the rules of the Hungarian and the American Protocol, also will gain knowledge how diplomatic and international relations work in the aspects of protocol. The Protocol Office will benefit from the interns’ fresh academic knowledge, their creativity, fresh ideas as well as computer skills.

TO APPLY: Please submit application form (can be obtained from the Educational Institution), CV and Statement of Interest to Human Resources Office, American Embassy, Szabadság tér 12. 1054, Budapest, Closing date: August 15, 2021.