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The Lisbon Council

Submissions open: 
Monday, January 6, 2020
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Host Organization:     The Lisbon Council


Organization Profile:  The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal is a Brussels-based think tank and policy network. Established in 2003 in Belgium as a non-profit, non-partisan association, the group is dedicated to making a positive contribution through cutting-edge research and by engaging political leaders and the public at large in a constructive exchange about the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

The Lisbon Council is a thought leader in Brussels on broad issues of social, political and economic modernization, with a special focus and expertise on Europe. The Lisbon Council is also active in a wide range of specific areas, including fiscal and economic policy, trade, technology and innovation, digital (incl. copyright, data policy, telecommunications, cyber security, and privacy/data protection), competition, labor, public sector transformation, development policy. For a list of recent publications and work, see

City:     Brussels

Work description:  We are open to designing a research program around a student’s academic interests and background. We would be able to find particular synergies in the Lisbon Council’s focal areas (listed above) but could also support a student in other policy areas.

Number of Opening(s):      1

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June

17 –September 11, 2020):    Full time/Five days a week/ 6 consecutive weeks

Work Attire:    Smart casual, and smarter when you have a meeting

Local Language: French, Dutch. The working language is English.

Local Language needed: Not required

Additional desired intern qualifications: We expect the student to be a self-directed and mature, with good writing skills and a quick learner.

A student need not to be a deep expert on European Institutions or European politics. A number of profiles could be interesting and allow us to jointly develop a worthwhile and novel work program, e.g. a background in a particular policy area, an interest in comparative politics, or a specific social science research interest.

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  • The applicant must currently be an enrolled undergraduate at Stanford and in good standing.
  • The applicant cannot have their undergraduate degree conferred before the completion of this internship. In other words, graduating seniors are ineligible. The exception to this is the conterminal student.
  • Seniors who will be returning to coterm for all of next year are eligible to apply.
  • Global Studies minors in European Studies will receive preference for these Belgium-based internships.
  • The applicant can apply to all positions in Belgium.
  • You MUST apply from your first-choice position, so the application form can match your choice.
  • If you select a position you MUST write a statement. Otherwise, your choice will not be considered.

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

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