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U.S. Mission to the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) Internship

The application process for the prestigious NATO 2013 Summer Internship opportunity is now open to Washington College undergraduates. Kimberly Pittman’12 served as Washington College’s first NATO intern.

In 2011 President Mitchel Reiss brought Washington College the opportunity for one student to participate in a summer internship at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

NATO is an alliance of 24 European countries, Canada and the United States which was formed at the end of World War II whose mission is the mutual protection and security of its member nations. An intern chosen to work in the U.S. Mission to NATO located in Brussels, Belgium provides assistance in one of four areas; Civil Emergency Planning; Office of the Defense Advisor; Political Affairs; or Public Affairs.

In a prior year, Washington College was honored to have Kimberly Pittman ’12 chosen to serve as an intern.

Complete information about the Department of State Internship Program and the application process can be found at  In addition, the State Department publishes an on line document that explains opportunities available to student interns. Interested students should download that publication from the site. The Department of State  Internship Program has strict timelines that students must adhere to for their applications to be considered.

Students considering this opportunity should meet with their faculty advisor and the Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, Dr. Andrea Lange. This is a highly competitive opportunity and critical reviews of personal statements and resumes are suggested.


Who Can Apply?

A student should have a high GPA 3.8 or above, must be a U.S. citizen and should be either a rising sophomore or junior or graduating senior. A student is required to pass a security clearance and be prepared to take the internship if he/she is selected.

What is involved in the Application Process?

All applications for the Department of State Internship Program must be submitted on line through As part of the process students must attach a Statement of Interest and a transcript.

Refer to the Department of State Internship Program website and printed brochure for updated information on the application process.


A student accepted to the Department of State Internship Program is responsible for their own costs including transit to and from Brussels and housing while working there. Washington College can on a case by case basis provide some support to a student. For more information contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, Dr. Andrea Lange at x7776.

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