The European Parliament is the only European Union institution directly elected by the people. It serves as the legislative branch together with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. Interns will work as an assistant to a member of the European Parliament, political parties, and the Parliament Administration. While working in the Parliament, interns will have a chance to learn the inner workings of the European Parliament as well as European politics within the EU. 


Interns may assist in daily office operations, research, write press releases, monitor and document political news coverage, assist in preparation and carryout of press conferences, and screen media relations for the European Parliament. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to attend a variety of press conferences, committee hearings, and political party meetings. 

Interns will need to continuously research global politics, as well as stay up to date on proceedings within the European Parliament. 


English, French is optional. 


Interns are responsible for finding their own housing, but the Program Manager and host office will provide assistance. 


  • Travel, Housing, and Living Expenses: $5000-$7000
  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.