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As one of the founding members of the European Union and also the home to the EU, Belgium holds a very important international seat in Western Europe. It is a tri-lingual country with different regions speaking French, Dutch and German. The capital, Brussels, is officially a bilingual city, conducting business and daily life in both French and Dutch.

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Gain self confidence, new skills, valuable work experience and an outstanding resume while working in an exciting and challenging internship in Brussels. Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium but many also consider it to be the capital of Europe. Brussels is the home of the European Commission, the EU Council of Europe, and the European Parliament. It is also home to the political arm o...

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Brussels is not just the world’s capital of chocolate, beer and the hub of the world’s cheapest airline! It is not just the city between London and Paris or Amsterdam and Cologne! It is not even just where the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and a number of UN agencies are based. It is truly the world’s top diplomatic city with more than 200 embassies, hundreds of think tanks, PR firms...

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With an increasing number of businesses taking on projects as part of their operations, the need for projects specialists also rises. However, there isn’t enough training on this area. This is why we provide project internships in numerous fields, including tourism, health sciences, law, NGOs, education, and more! The best part about our internships in Brussels is that you get to improve your ...

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About Vesalius College Founded by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Boston University in 1987, Vesalius College is an accredited higher education institution offering undergraduate, graduate and executive programmes in English to students from over 60 nationalities who strive for international education and careers. Constitutive of our identity are an international and interdisciplinary mindset...

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The Euro Atlantic Diplomacy Society offers internship placements at its offices in Brussels, Belgium. Applicants must be between 18 and 25 years old, proficient in both written and spoken English, and must have work or study experience in the fields applicable for the position they are applying for. Applicants should also have field experience or proof of abilities within the position they are ...

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Take a semester-long study program that includes an eight-credit internship and an additional coursework equivalent to eight credits. The internship placement is supported by relevant coursework provided throughout the semester. Internships are provided in most areas of business. Placements are also available in the fields of Museum, Lay, and Media. Interns working at the offices of Members ...

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Travel with a purpose, Perform for thousands, and Impact communities... at Up with People we don't just say it, we live it! Participants in the Up with People program travel for 22 weeks beginning in January or July of each year, participating in various community service projects, performing a dynamic musical show and experiencing a global education curriculum. * International Travel and H...

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Interning Abroad in Brussels

Though Belgium is a small country, its capital city of Brussels packs quite a punch. A global city which is the de facto capital of the European Union and the headquarters of NATO, Brussels regularly finds itself at the center stage of international affairs. It also happens to be one of the most architecturally charming cities in Europe, having continuously built upon itself over the course of the last millennium. Interning abroad in Brussels will be an immensely rewarding experience, both personally and professionally, and an experience you will not soon forget.

Internships in Brussels

Brussels is home to a large amount of international organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, and therefore is a premier destination for interns who are pursuing a career in international affairs. You can find placements interning for political think tanks, activist groups, NGOs, research institutions, and more of the like. Brussels is one of the best places in the world to get an insider’s perspective of current events in the global community.

Brussels’ influence is not limited to the public sphere however. It is a highly influential global city in many aspects of the private sector as well. Those who are interested can find internships working in banking, media, law, and a bevy of other professional fields in which Brussels’ hosts some of the world’s top notch companies and organizations. Brussels is also a very popular travel destination with a storied history, and so there are many internships available tourism and hospitality as well.

Brussels is a multilingual city, so there are internships offered in a variety of different languages. French and Dutch are the most commonly spoken languages in the city, and most people in the professional field speak English as a second language too. Language learning can be a valuable part of interning abroad in Brussels, though most internships do not require you to be bilingual.

Life in Brussels

Brussels is a beautiful historical city with many famous landmarks, and also a very modern city with an advanced infrastructure and high quality of life. Old structures such as the Cinquantenaire triumphal arc and the Guildhalls on the Grand Place are strewed among the new age buildings of the European Union and business district. There is a large diversity of architecture in the city, which is also bordered to the southeast by the peaceful Sonian Forest.

Brussels is a walkable city, but when the distance is too far you can take advantage of the local metro or bus to get around town efficiently (a one way ticket is typically around $$2.50). Brussels also boasts a car-sharing service which began over a decade ago, but you should be warned in advance that the city has the worst traffic congestion in all of Europe!

Culturally, Brussels is widely known for its artistic integrity and delicious cuisine. Many famous artists have studied in Brussels (such as Renee Magritte), and the city is home to over 80 museums featuring famous works from all over Europe and the world. There are also tons of great cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the best of  French and Flemish culinary influences – and of course, plenty of Belgian waffles.

Salary & Costs

Because it is a global city in a wealthy part of Europe, Brussels can be an expensive place to live. In fact, the per capita GDP is Brussels is nearly double the rest of the country. There are no specific labor laws in place regarding interns, meaning that you can find both paid and unpaid internships in the city. It will be important to establish with your employer what your compensation will be beforehand, and also to map out a budget for the two to six month period which internships typically last.

Accommodation & Visas

Some internship providers will help organize housing for you in Brussels, either living with a host family or in an apartment. If you are left to find your own housing, the best strategy will be subletting a single room, as real estate prices in Brussels can be quite expensive. Like in most major cities, rent will be cheaper further away from the center of the city.

Residents of the European Union will not have to apply for a visa to intern abroad in Brussels. Those coming from outside the EU may or may not have to, depending on external factors such as the length of your internship, whether it is paid, and which country you are coming from. For more information about what visa you might need, you can check out our Embassy Directory to locate the nearest Belgian Consulate.

Benefits & Challenges

Be at the Center. As the de facto capital of the European Union, Brussels finds itself at the center of many important decisions which influence the entire continent. The feeling of importance here is palpable, and interns will benefit from the international exposure.

Get Experience. Brussels is one of the premier-ranked global cities in the world, making it a great place to network and pick up valuable international work experience.

Learn a Language. Be it English, French, or Dutch, Brussels is the perfect place to gain proficiency in any of these languages. Northerners typically speak Dutch and southerners speak French, while most of the country embraces English as a common tongue. In the capital city you will hear it all.

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