Internships/Career support

The CEU Career Services Office provides advice, support and information to students and alumni from all CEU departments and schools, partnering with them as they develop and pursue personal visions for impact and success.

Career Services team members advise students and alumni on all aspects of the career development process including:

  • Conducting self-assessment and career-related research to expand and deepen their knowledge of possible professional futures and paths;
  • Adopting a realistic and long-term approach towards their career development;
  • Expanding and managing their personal professional networks;
  • Crafting unique, tailored CVs and cover letters for job and internship searches;
  • Crafting academic CVs to use in academic and research career development;
  • Preparing for interviews and conducting salary negotiations.

There are many ways for students to engage with the office, including:

  • Career development workshops, information sessions and the annual Career Camp;
  • The annual Careers in ... series of career education events featuring employer representatives and practitioners (including alumni) working in specific fields;
  • One-on-one career advising sessions with a dedicated career advisor;
  • The SPARK YOUR CAREER career development certificate (for Master's students);
  • Support for experiential learning through the Internship Support Program (ISP);
  • CEU’s exclusive career>next careers platform;
  • The Careers Newsletter, which arrives in student in-boxes once a month during the academic year;
  • Employer events (in-person and virtual) thanks to the office’s strong and expanding network of regional and global employer relationships.

Learn more about our work with master's and doctoral students.

While internships are not mandatory for students pursuing their degrees at the IR department, we are committed to offering them many opportunities to do one. Together with the Career Services Office, IR students get advice on internship search techniques and input on their internship applications, as well as opportunities to attend meetings with the representatives of NGOs, private and governmental organizations. Additionally, students have access to financial support through two channels: the Erasmus+ Internship Mobility Program managed by CEU’s Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO) and the Career Service Office’s Internship Support Program Fund. For example, during summer 2019 our students will be completing their internships with the following organizations while being supported by the aforementioned funds:   Caritas Jordan (Jordan, Amman), Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary, Budapest) Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (Norway, Tromsø), Stratpol - Strategic Policy Institute (Slovakia, Bratislava), UNFCCC (Germany, Bonn), Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre (SEI Tallinn) (Estonia, Tallinn), Dziennik Wschodni (Daily Newspaper) (Poland, Lublin). Among other internship placements are the EU-Russia Civil Society Centre in Berlin, Explico - CEE (Hungary), Sayfty (India), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Azerbaijan), European Institute for Asian Studies (Belgium), Afghan Red Crescent Society (Afghanistan), The German Marshall Fund (Belgium). 

Cooperation with Bard College in New York was another milestone for the department during the Academic year 2018-19. IR students were undertaking internships at the following organizations in New York: Pen America, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth, Coda Story, Oxford Analytica, UNDPPA, the Council on Foreign Relations, Nonviolence International, Global Initiatives and Asia Society Policy Institute.