The Baltic Security Foundation
Host Organization: The Baltic Security Foundation
Organization Profile: An independent non-governmental think tank established in 2019 to foster and promote the research on Baltic defense and security. Core team includes ten people and deals with conventional and emergent security issues of the Baltic states and the Baltic Sea region. Current endeavors include books and reports such as on Chinese presence in the Baltic Sea region (together with the Jamestown Foundation), regional and sectoral perspectives of the Baltic Sea security, cyber and energy security. BSF's Transatlantic Security Exchange provides case study research and field visits of American scholars and students in the Baltics. The Education Program provides Baltic youth and their educators with materials and tools on crisis management training, countering disinformation and raising cyber hygiene.
City: Riga, Latvia
Internship format: In-person or Virtual (Remote)
Department Profile: Research and Management
Research for reports on Chinese presence in the Baltic region/ Baltic energy security/ lessons learned from the War in Ukraine/ European and transatlantic security issues.
Promotion and publicity of the Foundation's activities (e.g., authoring or contributing to articles on Foundation's recent books and reports).
Networking to establish new partnerships and cooperation (guest lectures, workshops, presentations, joint publication opportunities.
Number of Opening: 1
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June
26 –August 18, 2023): Five days, 35-40 hours a week.
Work Attire: Business casual in general, formal for occasional public events.
Local Language: Latvian
Local language level needed: Not required
Additional desired intern qualifications: Advanced writing and editing skills in English, note-taking skills (in handwriting), computer skills, presentation, and public speaking skills. Ability to plan and complete tasks in team and individually. Command of any major language other than English is not required, but may be helpful in making the internship tasks more specific and applicable for the future specialization of the intern (e.g., French, or Russian or Mandarin etc.)
- The applicant for this position can apply to all positions in Estonia, Belgium, and Latvia.
- The applicant must currently be an enrolled undergraduate at Stanford and in good standing.
- The applicant cannot have his/her undergraduate degree conferred before the completion of this internship.
- 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.
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Local language skills are based on the internship description requirements.
Global Studies minors receive preference for the program.
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