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Summer Internships

Chinaza Asiegbu (History, African Studies, 2022) conducted a remote internship with UNESCO in 2020.
Chinaza Asiegbu

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.

2021 Internship Recipients

The following students will be attending virtual summer internships supported by CES. View the list here.

Taylor Whitsell (Government, 2022) will intern remotely with the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) located in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Past Internship Recipients

Kyra Colbert (Government, 2021) had a virtual internship with the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Serbia in 2020.

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)

The deadline to apply for a CES internship over summer 2021 has now passed. For additional information on the application cycle and other questions, 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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