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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Matthew Stifter Program Manager: Kelly Jo Bahry
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: YES
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: YES
Housing: Homestay Internship: YES
Program Type: Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is This Program Right for You?

This program is run through our premier AU Brussels center, and is designed for students seeking a unique summer internship program worth three credits. Students participate in full-time internships for six weeks with organizations in Brussels, mostly if not all conducted in English. Some internships in French are available.  This program is open to students from all majors.  Most financial aid does not cover summer terms with American University.  Find out more at our AU Brussels website.


Brussels is the home to several multilateral political institutions, most notably the European Union and NATO. These organizations, along with the collection of international businesses, cultural institutions, and news media agencies make internship possibilities in Brussels very attractive to students student next to flag from many disciplines.

This is a three-credit program consisting of an internship and a seminar class is open to undergraduate students. The first week student will have an orientation, internship interviews, and introductory sessions at the AU Brussels Center. Beginning the second week student will intern Monday through Thursday during normal working hours. A seminar taught by the Resident Director, Dr. Jerome Sheridan, one evening each week, is required. The curriculum for this program focuses on the European Union, particularly the process of government cooperation and the challenges such an undertaking entails. Here is an example of the Belgium Summer Internship Syllabus.

Students taking this internship course are registered in SABD-415 and are required to intern at least 210 hours.

Past internships have taken place with lobbying organizations, consulting firms, law firms, defense contractors, corporations, non-governmental organizations, etc. In past summer terms, students have:

  • interned on a range of projects for analysts and scholars, including preparing them for upcoming events and conferences, contributed research to their work prior to publish online or in print; researched potential foundation grants
  • researched briefings over topics for panels, assemblies and events the organization is coordinating; edited all articles for newsletters; wrote preliminary drafts of speeches; assisted with planning the organization's General Assembly
  • organized summits annually along with other programs and events to help promote the role of female representation in national governments worldwide; worked on a project to create a 3-year program to help promote and support the role women have in creating democracies 
  • researched and contacted potential distributors for an US company that wants to export to EU countries
  • researched European Union legislation relevant to legal cases; compiled data to be included in client briefs; found examples that would be used as a client’s defense argument

Student Life


Brussels students live with a family in a homestay.  The homestay experience offers insights into normal life for citizens living in one of the most powerful cities in the world.  The homestay also provides a daily connection with modern Belgian culture that might otherwise be missed in the hectic pace of this busy European capital.  The Homestay Coordinator makes sure students are placed with a family that provide a good match to each student.

A student receives three evening meals with the family each week and breakfast daily. For a student who wishes to integrate with Belgians and improve her or his French, it's the perfect opportunity. However, for a student who wants to live more independently, there is no obligation to spend time with the family. Most, if not all, homestay hosts speak English and/or French.

You will not know your homestay placements until your arrival in Brussels.

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This program staff organizes one weekend excursion within Belgium during the program, in addition to cultural and networking opportunities within Brussels.  As the internship takes place from Monday to Thursday, Fridays and weekends are free for exploring Brussels or personal travel.

Students need to make sure any independent travel they do will not keep them from their student responsibilities.

Visa Information

This program is very independent in nature.  Student visas are not required for American citizens in this program.  

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
Varies by program 05/12/2018 06/30/2018
NOTE: Students arrive to a specified hotel in Brussels on Wednesday May 12th at 5pm. Program field trip is scheduled May 18-21, 2018, all other weekends are yours to do with what you will. Final exam and final lunch are on Friday, June 29th. Students must leave homestays after lunch on that day or on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.