German Marshall Fund

German Marshall Fund of the United States, Brussels


Host Organization

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.  GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.  In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Tunis. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

Established in 2001, GMF’s Brussels office helps strengthen transatlantic cooperation by providing a better understanding of the implications of a more integrated Europe for the United States and the effect this has on U.S.-EU relations and NATO. The office pursues a range of activities that include hosting outside speakers; hosting Transatlantic Fellows who conduct research on important transatlantic issues; convening conferences and seminars; and coordinating signature GMF programs like the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

Internship Description

GMF is seeking a student intern for a period of up to 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2014 (mid-May – late July/early August; institutional activity throughout Brussels is considerably more dynamic in early summer months than later.). The start and end date of the internships will be mutually agreed upon with the selected candidate.

The FSP team in Brussels oversees GMF’s regional programming in the EU, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Wider Atlantic, and the countries in Eastern Europe. The intern working with the FSP team in the Brussels office will work closely with senior GMF staff and provide research, logistical and administrative support.

The MHC-IIP intern will benefit from considerable learning, exposure, and networking opportunities within the dynamic working environments of GMF and Brussels.  She will be part of a team of trainees and interns, and will also have exposure to GMF office administration.   The internship is a unique opportunity to be in close contact with the senior international policy community. Interns can also benefit from the Brussels foreign policy environment and are encouraged to attend foreign policy related events in town.

The internship requires a commitment of 38 hours/week with the understanding that the intern will work based on the needs of the projects and will also assist with general operations. The internship is unpaid though GMF can contribute towards public transportation and lunch costs. Short holiday may be taken by prior arrangement with the intern’s supervisor. The working language at GMF Brussels is English.


This is an excellent opportunity for a student with interests and significant coursework in international relations (particularly EU and Transatlantic cooperation, human security, foreign policy, and regions covered by the Brussels office); governance, public policy, democratization; leadership development; and related topics. Students with experience in policy research, event organizing, program administration are especially encouraged to apply.

GMF Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Constanze Stelzenmuller, was MHC's Global Scholar-in-Residence in 2012