ASEF Internship Applications are Now Open!


Applications are now CLOSED  for 2017 EU Studies Member of European Parliment Internship Programme



Since 2003, the National Centre for Research on Europe, in conjunction with Members of the European Parliament's Delegation responsible for relations with Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels, has coordinated a programme allowing New Zealanders to work as interns for a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). This internship programme is now being organised by the New Zealand European Union Centres Network and every year up to two postgraduate students from EUCN partner universities are normally funded to work as interns at the European Parliament. Additionally, funded domestic internships are available for students to work at the EU Delegation to New Zealand in Wellington and other places such as the NZIIA.

This programme forms part of the EUCN's wider objective to increase New Zealanders' awareness and understanding of the European Union. The internships are designed to provide post-graduates with an opportunity to experience working in a real-life setting, as well as to assist their own research.

A new Internship has been launched in 2017 - an opportunity for students to intern for up to three months at the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore - eligibility and application documents are the same as is required for the MEP Internship

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the internship you must be a post-graduate student enrolled at an EUCN partner university for study (Hons, Masters or Doctoral level) and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

The internships are normally for 3 months. MEP interns are expected to be available from September on each year. Exact timing will be negotiated with the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels and the MEP.   The ASEF Internship is more flexible in timeframe to work around a students academic programme. Interns will be asked to work on a variety of projects including but not exclusively: helping to prepare documents, undertaking small research papers, helping with administrative tasks, and helping to arrange events. 

The MEP Internship provides €5,000 to support you during your internship period. This can cover airfares to Brussels, accommodation, local transport and daily living costs. All expenditure must be in line with University of Canterbury and EUCN grant rules.

The ASEF Internship provides $5000 to support you during your internship period.  This can cover airfares to Singapore, accommodation, local transport and daily living costs. All expenditure must be in line with University of Canterbury and EUCN grant rules.

Applicants will need to be able to work full time while undertaking domestic, MEP or ASEF internships. Therefore, students are eligible if they have recently completed studies focused on the EU or are enrolled for a relevant course of study in 2018/18.

How to apply? 

To apply for these internship opportunities you are required to complete the online application form and upload the requested documents. The online application will ask for contact details and information to confirm eligibility of applicants. 

You will be asked to write a short paragraph explaining how the internship will benefit your course of study (or research topic) and another short paragraph on why you will make a good candidate for this position. 

You will then need to upload one pdf document containing the supporting documents required to complete the application. Please make sure you have this documentation in order before filling in the online form. 

Please complete the entire form before submitting - partially completed forms cannot be saved.

You will receive an online acknowledgement of your application submission. 

Required Documents

Letter of Reference 

This letter must be supplied in PDF form, with an original signature, and must come from an academic referee at the university you are enrolled in or a EUCN representative.

Curriculum Vitae 

This CV can be no longer than three pages in length, and should focus on both academic and employment information.


This transcript must be an academic record from your university, containing your academic history. This must either be signed and certified by the university, or by an academic supervisor.

Applications close 5pm 14 April 2017

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