Internship: Internships in Warsaw, Poland (SRAS)

Sample Internships
in Warsaw, Poland

***This list of possible internship placements is part of a series of such lists which SRAS provides to help guide student decisions on which SRAS location to choose for an internship as well as what type of internship to request at those locations. These lists are not complete lists of the internships that may be available nor are they guarantees that a particular internship placement can be made. Duties may differ from those listed here. Each internship placement is considered individually and finalized with the interests of the student and organization taken into account.

Art / Culture / Museums

National Centre for Culture Poland
National Centre for Culture Poland (NCC; Polish: Narodowe Centrum Kultury) develops and professionalizes the cultural sector by raising the qualifications and skills of managers, animators and other professionals through a variety of trainings conducted by Polish and international experts as well as through education and exchange programs. At the same time the Centre aims to maintain and promote national and state traditions along with Polish cultural heritage and also to foster cultural education and nurture interest in culture and art. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Bec Zmiana Foundation
The Bęc Zmiana Foundation has been active since 2002 as a not-for-profit organization that supports artistic and cultural activities aimed at discovering the spaces and ways in which the spirit of the times makes itself manifest. The Foundation acts as an initiator of interdisciplinary events which engage creators in the field of art, architecture, design, music, and carries out the majority of its projects in the public space. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Adam Mickiewicz Institute
This thriving literary institute organizes lectures and classes for adults and children, thematic exhibits, concerts, reading events and book promotions. They are very busy, located in a beautiful building in the Old Market Square of the Old Town. If your Polish is good and you love Polish literature, this will be a great adventure. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Propaganda Gallery
Propaganda is one of the best known art galleries in Warsaw. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

The National Gallery of Art
Zachęta is one of the most important national art galleries promoting contemporary and 20th century art. An important icon in the nation’s social and cultural life, Zachęta seeks to develop art at home and to promote it abroad. It is the MOMA of Poland. The gallery also offers educational services like symposia, workshops, concerts, lectures, films and other events throughout the year and especially in the summer. It is a great place for a multi-tasking social butterfly. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Powszechny Theatre
Teatr Powszechny im. Zygmunta Hübnera was founded in 1944. It is one of the most popular theaters in Warsaw. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity
ENRS was created by the ministers of culture of Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. In 2014 Romania joined the Network. Its purpose is to document and promote the study of 20th century history and how it is remembered. Our fields of interest center on times of dictatorial regimes, wars, and resistance to oppression. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Business / Economics

The British Polish Chamber of Commerce
BPCC is a leading chamber of commerce in Poland, providing business information, trade and investment support of the very highest level to our members and clients across Poland and the UK. The BPCC’s policy groups work to create a better business environment in Poland by regularly meeting public sector bodies. Example Responsibilities: researching on British and Polish markets, reporting, contacting international organizations on behalf of the British Polish Chamber of Commerce.

European Centre of Diplomacy and Peace
The Centre specializes in creating and promoting a positive image of the “Polska” national brand, which boosts investment attractiveness and economic potential and is also key in developing “soft power.” They take a flexible, multidimensional approach to effective national branding techniques, have experience in building relationships in an international environment, solid knowledge of the public, private and non-governmental sector, and take into account changing economic, technological, geopolitical and cultural realities. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

The Institute for Structural Research
The Institute for Structural Research is a think tank focused economic analysis of the labor market, demography, education, family and social policy, public finances, the healthcare system, as well as energy and climate issues. Our research is mainly centered on socioeconomic mechanisms and processes as well as the effects of public policy on a particular area. In our analysis, we use modern modelling, statistical, econometric and IT tools. The results of our work are used by central and local authorities, European agencies, scientific institutes and universities, as well as other researchers. We share our knowledge by publishing analyses and reports; we also organize scientific conferences. The internships are open for motivated students and graduates interested in labor economics, macroeconomics, social and environmental policies. Applicants should: Be enrolled in the field of economics or other fields related to IBS areas of expertise; Have fluent English and have strong drafting skills (Polish is an advantage); Have good knowledge of MS Excel (Stata would be an advantage); Be interested in enrollment for 30h a week. Example Responsibilities: Work on diverse research projects for a 2 month long period between June and September, with an opportunity for extension. Assist IBS researchers (data collection, report drafting, notes, data presentation). Complete desk research, in particular in the fields of labour economics and social policy. Research support (data analysis, literature review).

Ecology / Environment

ClientEarth
ClientEarth is a public interest environmental law group founded in 2007. ClientEarth brings together law, science and policy to create practical solutions to key environmental challenges. Working in partnership with civil society and policy-makers, ClientEarth is committed to securing the rights of citizens and civil society to participation, information and justice in environmental matters. In Europe and beyond, ClientEarth’s 60 strong staff includes legal experts qualified in more than ten jurisdictions based in offices in London, Brussels and Warsaw and with lawyers in Ghana, Gabon and Congo Brazzaville. Their programs cover environmental justice, biodiversity, climate and forests, climate and energy, and health and environment. In 2012 BusinessGreen gave ClientEarth its NGO of the Year award. In 2013 ClientEarth was awarded the Law Society’s LSA Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Governance / Law Enforcement

Lower House of the Polish Parliament
Polish Sejm is Poland’s lower house of parliament. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Central Statistical Office
This Polish government agency is responsible for gathering and presenting data related to the current state of population, economy and social structure in the country.

The Office for Support and Social Projects of the City of Warsaw (Urząd m.st. Warszawy)
This office develops standards of the social welfare and prophylaxis (community support system for families, handicapped, elderly, homeless, addicted, affected by domestic violence). The office is willing to cooperate with students of administration, management, economy, international relations, political science, social policy. Example Responsibilities: Support in organizing events, conferences; cooperation with NGOs; finding innovative solutions for social services from all over the world (esp. from the country of origin) and creating a plan of implementing it in Warsaw; support in social media activities; helping to edit English texts.

Office of the City of Warsaw: The Mayor’s office, Complaint and Motion Department (Urząd m.st. Warszawy)
This department coordinates the handling of citizen motions and complaints. The ideal internship candidate should be a student of administration/law. Example Responsibilities:general organizational support in the following areas: correspondence/motions management, documentation workflow, comparing two systems of examining motions/complaints (the one existing in Poland and in the home country of intern), monitoring the timeliness of processes, cooperating with different departments. Please note: the basic command of Polish would be an advantage.

European Forensic Initiatives Centre – EFIC Foundation
The primary objective of the EFIC Foundation is to promote quality in forensic science and the development of existing technologies, methods, techniques and tools in forensic science among representatives of law enforcement and the judiciary. The ambition of the Foundation is to exploit the potential of forensic science to improve cooperation between law enforcement and the judiciary, and to promote initiatives aimed at coherent and comprehensive approach to combating crime. At the same time, the Foundation aims to take measures to ensure that all parties in the criminal process have a uniform access to the resources offered by modern forensic science with a balance between these measures and the protection of fundamental human rights. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

The Supreme Audit Office
The Supreme Audit Office, or NIK (previously used English translation of the name of the institution was the Supreme Chamber of Control), is the top independent state audit body whose mission is to safeguard public spending. For over 90 years, NIK has looked into the way the Polish state operates and how it spends public funds. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization. Please note that Polish citizenship is required.

Jewish Organizations

Beit Warszawa
The Beit Warszawa Foundation believes in the importance of the renewal of Jewish life in Poland and sets the focus of its activity on supporting the Congregation of Progressive Jews of Warsaw. Along with the 35 principles of Progressive Judaism in Poland they emphasize openness, transparency and accountability in all activities. We also emphasize and promote good citizenship and the mantra that “what is good for the Polish Jews must be good for Poland.” Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Jewish.pl
Jewish.pl is a website dealing with Jewish current issues (cultural, political, historical). Example Responsibilities: the intern would support the portal in translating texts into English. We offer the possibility of exploring Jewish heritage in Warsaw/Sokołów Podlaski.

Fundacja Shalom
The Foundation aims to promote Jewish cultural heritage by fulfilling various projects in Poland and outside the country. Example Responsibilities: supporting the Foundation in organizing Warsaw International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture and “Singer’s Warsaw” Festival.

Towarzystwo Społeczno-Kulturalne Żydów w Polsce (TSKŻ)
This is the biggest Jewish organization in Poland. Its aim is to promote Jewish culture, language and heritage. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage
The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland was established in 2002 by the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO). Its primary mission is to protect and commemorate the surviving sites and monuments of Jewish cultural heritage in Poland. The Foundation is active where no Jewish community exists today or where distance from major urban centers or lack of sufficient financial resources makes it difficult for existing small Jewish communities to provide adequate long-term care and maintenance. Example Responsibilities: creating database of funding sources for preserving cultural heritage; proofreading; preparing grant applications for financial funding; supporting Foundation in developing the educational project “To Bring Memory Back” (for students interning in June).

Journalism

Polish Press Agency
Polish Press Agency is the single largest source of news from Poland with over 250 reporters and 40 photojournalists delivering accurate and comprehensive news to leading media outlets, government and financial institutions, investors and entrepreneurs in and outside of Poland. Example Responsibilities: Researching the Polish capital market; support in creating web portals such as www.biznes.pap.pl and gpwinfostrefa.pl; social media management; writing articles; selecting photos to articles; creating videos and infographics to topics related to capital markets.

Political Critique
This publishing house is Poland’s largest left-wing circle of intellectuals and activists; the largest Polish intellectual journal. Example Responsibilities: May include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Poland Today
Poland Today is the media interface bringing Poland to the world and the world to Poland. Through print, digital and event platforms we provide information and networking opportunities to integrate both Poles and foreigners interested in Poland. Poland Today is business-focused, but understands that doing business well requires a broader political, cultural and societal context. Example Responsibilities: write short articles which could be put on the website; attend events and write post-event reports; help to organize conferences.

Gazeta Wyborcza
A newspaper published in Warsaw, Poland, presenting political and international affairs from a liberal perspective. Example Responsibilities: May include research, writing, networking, and organization.

NGO / Think Tank

Centre for Dialogue and Analysis
The mission of this think tank is to inspire and support Polish decision makers in looking at reality from a multi-level perspective as well as to bridge the gap between the public and private, theory and practice, research and intuition. Strengthening the public debate in Poland, creating new forms of expression and delivering analysis to leaders in order to help them make better decisions, are only a few of the many objectives of the Centre. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Polish Red Cross (PCK)
A veteran among Polish charities, PCK helps those in need such as flood victims, the homeless, orphans and the elderly. Their programs are numerous and there is always a need for a well-organized, empathic and good-natured person who is computer savvy and can also carry boxes with goods or welcome a less fortunate one with a smile and a handshake. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization. Please note: intermediate command of Polish is required to apply. Only 3-month internships are available.

Jagiellonian Institute
In a young democracy there is a need for an organization to help spread democratic initiatives and ways of thinking. The Institute’s main goal is to secure Poland’s importance as a democratic republic in this part of the world. If you are passionate about reading, writing, and collaborating with institutions and people, this is worth checking out. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

The Open Dialogue Foundation
The Open Dialog Foundation was established on the initiative of Lyudmyla Kozlovska in 2009 in Poland. Its statutory aims are the protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the post-Soviet area. Example Responsibilities: fundraising, copywriting, public relations, public affairs.

The Polish Institute of International Affairs
PISM is a leading Polish think-tank on international affairs. The program of multi-disciplinary and comparative research concerns all issues pertaining to contemporary Polish foreign policy such as Poland’s membership in the EU and NATO, Poland’s bilateral relations (in particular with neighboring countries), and the image of Poland abroad. In addition, the Institute’s field of interest includes institutions responsible for the formation and implementation of foreign policy, work of decision makers and research methodology in the area of international relations. The Institute prepares analytical studies, writes reports, develops political forecasts and publishes specialized monographs. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

The Community of Democracies
Community of Democracies is a global intergovernmental coalition of democratic countries, with the goal of promoting democratic rules and strengthening democratic norms and institutions around the world. Community of Democracies is an important global platform for the exchange of experiences and ideas towards the building and strengthening of democratic order of its members as well as that of the international system. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

The Sobieski Institute
The Sobieski Institute is a think tank that conducts multidisciplinary research with the aim of developing creative ideas for reforms and changes in Poland’s public policies. It formulates political and economic strategies and serves as a forum for public debates involving academics, professionals, decision-makers, journalists and other experts. The Sobieski Institute implements projects in various areas including defense and security policy, foreign policy, education, energy policy, public finance, technology, communication, and law. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

European Academy of Diplomacy
EAD seeks to shape, sharpen and inspire a new generation of enlightened international leaders. It derives its principles and values from the country’s experience of a successful economic and political transition. It also draws inspiration from Poland’s value-oriented foreign policy, which endorses joint-responsibility for EU’s neighborhood and active engagement in the support for democracy and prosperity around the world. Example Responsibilities: assisting coordinators with recruitment for international programs; researching and contacting speakers for workshops; ensuring training programs are properly organized and executed; daily office responsibilities; opportunity to attend conferences, diplomatic seminars, and workshops (including the Visegrad School of Political Studies and the European Diplomacy Workshop) to meet political figures, media experts, trainers and potential leaders.

Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, conducting meetings/workshops with the students in the Fulbright office in Warsaw; cooperation with Fulbright program coordinators and Polish students who wish to pursuing further education in the US; creating and updating databases, helping Polish students to find out what they need to do to pursue undergraduate studies in the US.

Centre for International Relations
The Centre is an independent, non-governmental think-tank, dedicated to the study of international relations and those foreign policy issues, which are of crucial importance to Poland, Europe and transatlantic relations. CIR carries out its own research projects, prepares reports and analyses and participates in international projects in cooperation with similar institutions in several countries. The center’s activities are analytical and educational in character. Since it was founded in 1996, CIR has become an influential forum for foreign policy analysis and debate, involving leading politicians, diplomats, civil servants, local government officials, businessmen, journalists, students and representatives of other NGOs. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Humanity in Action
Humanity in Action Poland educates young leaders from the East and the West in the importance of taking action to improve the situation of human and minority rights wherever they are violated. HIA Poland organizes the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Warsaw for university students from Poland, Germany, Ukraine and the United States. It also develops a range of local grassroots events and regional educational programming for Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on promoting awareness of the rights of the disabled. Example Responsibilities: assisting HIA Staff in logistics and organizational matters; communication with fellows before, during, and after the program when needed; assisting in managing the fellows programs; help the fellows organize the weekend events and assisting them in their free time events; help organize and run discussions or group-work activities; assistance with blogs, PR, social media, photography, and other publishing activities.

Amnesty International
The Polish chapter is small but very active, organizing Amnesty International global campaigns locally, and promoting social awareness through exhibits, events, conferences, concerts and other meetings all over Poland. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Foundation Common Europe / East Book
Common Europe Foundation was established in December 2010 by graduates from the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw – experts on Eastern Europe. The aim is to work on bringing East European and European Union’s societies closer.  their ambition is to initiate international debate on the future of the whole region. They aspire to make the experience of freedom of speech a shared one. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Never Again Association
The mission of Never Again is to promote multicultural understanding and to contribute to the development of a democratic civil society in Poland. This association is particularly concerned with the problem of education against racial and ethnic prejudices among the young. Example Responsibilities: general organizational support, which may include research, writing, networking, and organization.

Institute of Public Affairs
Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is a leading Polish think tank and an independent center for policy research and analysis, established in 1995. Their mission is to contribute to informed public debate on key Polish, European and global policy issues. Their main areas of study include European policy, social policy, civil society, migration and development policy as well as law and democratic institutions. The IPA publishes research reports, policy papers and books, which are broadly disseminated among members of parliament, government officials and civil servants, academics, journalists and civil society activists. Every year the IPA hosts dozens of conferences, seminars, round tables, workshops and other events with the participation of key policy and opinion makers. Example Responsibilities: Researching current issues related to Polish and European politics; researching strategies of cooperation with eastern countries, the future of EU and its institutions, and/or Polish-German relations.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
The GMF strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

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