Internship Opportunities

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.

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. 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.

Applicants will need to be able to work full time while undertaking domestic or MEP 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 2017/18.

Interns will be required to produce a detailed report at the end of their internship and give a short presentation at their home university on their experiences. Interns will also be asked to contribute to the EUCN blog on the work they are undertaking.

European Parliament Homepage

Read the 2013 MEP intern report by Henrietta McNeill here

Reports from Past Interns

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 01 April 2017

<To Submit an Application Please Click Here>

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Reports From Past Interns


Kirsten Mander, Full Text

Jane Neilsen, Full Text


Tony Harris, Full Text


European Parliament Internship: September 2009 - December 2009

Nicholas Smith, Full Text

Genevieve Taylor, Full text

Kathy Errington, Full text


European Parliament Internship: September 2009 - December 2009

Timothy Armitage, Full text


European Parliament Internship: September 2008 - December 2008

Yoon Ah Choi, Full text


EUCN European Parliament Internship: September - November 2007

Jordan Carter, Victoria University of Wellington

Report, full text (108KB) ; Power point presentation (5.45MB)

EUCN European Parliament Internship: May-July 2007

Gina Deerness-Plesner, NCRE presentation on internship experience. Power-point presentation (pdf.3MB) Report, Full text (pdf.179KB)


EUCN European Parliament Internship: May - July 2006: a report

Anita Wreford (May - July 2006) Full text (doc.63KB)

EUCN European Parliament Internship: September - December 2006: a report
Simon Hollis (September - December 2006) Full text (.pdf, 143KB)


NCRE European Parliament Internship: September - December 2005: a report
Frendehl Warner (September - December 2005) Full text (.pdf, 238 KB)

International Business or Institutional Politics: The European Parliament Agenda
Sara Peary (February - May 2005) Full text (.pdf, 51 KB)


European Parliament NCRE Internship Report 2004
Jamie Holder (November 2004 - January 2005) Full text (.pdf, 116 KB)

Inside the Caprice des Dieux: NCRE European Parliment Spring 2004 Internship
Jeff McNeill (February - April 2004) Full text (.pdf, 106 KB)


Inaugural NCRE European Parliament Internships
Lucy Cassels (September - November 2003)


Contact Details

Applications can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with “EUCN MEP Internship Application” as the subject title, or by post to the following address:

EUCN MEP Internship Application
New Zealand European Union Centres Network
c/o National Centre for Research on Europe
University of Canterbury 
Private Bag 4800


For more information on applications or the application process, please contact:

            Rebecca Morgan 
            Projects Coordinator
            New Zealand European Union Centres Network
            phone: +64 3 364 3477
            email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We suggest that you contact the EUCN Staff Representative at your university to discuss the submission of your application. List of EUCN Staff Contacts at Partner Universities