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Summer Internships

Karl Oskar Schulz, Mercedes Sapuppo, Madison Pagel, Roshni Chakrabarty, Natalie Dabkowski (front row, left to right); Herkus Gudavicius, William Matheson, James Kitch, Barbara Oedayrajsingh Varma (back row, left to right) were recipients of summer internships in 2019.

Over the years CES’s rich program of internships in some of the highest European public service offices, private enterprises, and research institutions has offered invaluable professional and cultural experience to numerous Harvard College students. These opportunities have enabled students to expand horizons while learning and honing new skills in an international environment, spurred academic inquiry on European issues, and built a lifelong appreciation for European cultures.

CES offers Harvard undergraduates two options for summer internships in Europe where students can choose to either:

  • Tailor an internship to their interests and apply for CES funding.
  • Apply for one of the pre-negotiated CES positions.

2020 Internship Recipients

The following students took part in summer internship opportunities remotely. View the list here.

Past Internship Recipients

In summer of 2017, Adrianna Korte-Nahabedian designed an internship at the US State Department’s Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome.
In summer of 2017, Tae Yong Park (left) was an intern at the OECD in Paris

How to apply

Students interested in applying for European internships over the summer should submit the following documents via CARAT:

  • Cover letter (one page)
  • Current CV/resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Budget (for independently organized internships only)

For information on the application cycle for the summer of 2021 and more, please contact CES Program Coordinator.

Student Profiles – Working in Europe


Paula Chappel '20 (right) spent the summer at the Mostar Summer Youth Programme in Bosnia Herzegovina

Information for Internship Recipients

Fiona Davis '19 was one of two 2017 CES interns at the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in the Netherlands
  • CES requires that the undergraduates participating in the internship program attend a Pre-departure Orientation that covers some of the practical aspects of living abroad. Dates and details of these events will be emailed directly to the selected candidates.
  • For general travel and safety information, please consult Harvard Global Support Services. Please be aware that different countries may require various documentation which you will need to supply. In particular, obtaining a TIER 5 Government Authorized Exchange Visa for the UK is a lengthy process, which includes a service fee (~$800), and we advise that you initiate it as soon as you secure an internship. For all matters concerning the UK visa process we recommend contacting BUNAC.

Tamara Fernando '16
Tamara Fernando '16

We need to move away from thinking in terms of specialization in a single country. We learn lessons from people everywhere that are valid, insightful and deep. I am blessed to have had the serendipity of being here, in the Balkans, and the eyes to see what makes it beautiful.


Tamara Fernando '16
2014 Summer Intern at CANVAS in Belgrade
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