International Barents Secretariat - Internship

Opportunity for students and young professionals 

The International Barents Secretariat was established in January, 2008, according to a multilateral agreement between Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. The Secretariat provides support to the national and regional levels of the Barents Cooperation. The Secretariat is located in Kirkenes sharing offices with the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and The Barents Institute.

The International Barents Secretariat invites students and young professionals from Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Barents part of Russia to be part of the Secretariat’s team as interns.

Serving as an intern at the International Barents Secretariat is an opportunity to expand and deepen your knowledge on the Barents Region, the Barents Cooperation and the ways in which international cooperation is conducted.

As an intern you can expect to improve your network in regional and national administrations active in the cooperation as well as in international organizations involved in or related to the Barents Cooperation. Since the Barents member nations and regions cooperate in a number of fields, the internship provides opportunities to follow the developments in fields of your interest or expertise. Serving as an intern at the International Barents Secretariat you will also have a great opportunity to improve your language skills and to contribute to the communication and information tasks of the Secretariat.

The ambition of the Secretariat is to – in the best possible way – match candidates and assignments depending on individual background, interest and the daily businesses of the secretariat. However, assignments are likely to be of both analytical and administrative nature. The Secretariat has the ambition to keep you properly and sufficiently supervised.

The Secretariat welcomes now applications for winter/spring 2019. The deadline for sending applications is 30 November 2018.
After the deadline, we will start the reviewing the applications and online interviews process.
The call is advertised on our web page and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Applications should include a motivation letter with a brief description of the specific subjects the candidate would want to work on and detailed curriculum vitae (both documents are to be made in English language). Please indicate your age and nationality in your CV. In your motivation letter, please explain why you consider yourself a qualified candidate in relation to the general requirements.

Basic requirements:
• Interest in the Barents Region
• Enjoy being part of a team in an international environment
• Good command of spoken and written English as it is the working language at the Secretariat
• Fluency in at least one of the languages spoken in the Barents Region (Russian, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Saami or other Barents indigenous languages)
• Students should have finished a minimum of two years of university studies
• Priority is given to the residents of the Barents Region 

The internship period is approximately 3 months; the preliminary start of the internship is the end of January. The Secretariat provides assigned accommodation and pocket money and will reimburse one roundtrip ticket from permanent home address to Kirkenes and from Kirkenes, provided the point of departure is in any of the Nordic Countries or Russia.

More information about the internship, duties of interns and practical issues can be found in the IBS Internship Handbook.

Send applications (with the subject “Internship winter 2019”) to  

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