Internships at Cardiff EDC
The Cardiff EDC offers a number of opportunities to work for short periods in the Centre as an intern. It should be noted that these are offered on a volunteer / unpaid basis (see External Funding below).
Internships are open to anyone from an EU Member State (or from a candidate / potential candidate country). We will also consider applicants from outside these countries who have a particular wish to work in a centre that specialises in European information.
Applicants must be proficient in the English language (speaking and writing).
Typically, interns at the Cardiff EDC are:
- students of European Studies, Politics, Law, Communication Studies or any other subject with a 'European' dimension
- students of Librarianship / Information Studies
- wanting to improve their language skills in the UK in a 'European' environment and/or in a special library.
We also welcome applications from students studying in Cardiff who wish to gain some work experience on a part-time basis in an environment with a strong focus on Europe and the European Union.
Read the reports of previous interns below to give you an idea of what an internship at the Cardiff EDC is all about.
Any initial application to us should contain a CV and motivational letter explaining why you want an internship specifically at the Cardiff EDC and for what time period. Send by email to email@example.com.
*October 2015 update*
The latest position is as follows:
Full-time Internships: Due to a last minute withdrawal we have a current vacancy for an immediate full time intern. This can be for the period (or part of the period) October 2015 to the end of January 2016. Of course, we would allow you to return home at Christmas for up to two weeks.
For the period February-March 2016 we have currently filled all available spaces. Applications for the period from April 2016 are now open. Occasionally, we have short notice cancellations so you can still enquire for the period February-March 2016 to see if a vacancy has arisen.
We prefer requests for longer internships (usually up to six months) from students with a high standard of English language proficiency and an interest in / knowledge of the EU and European issues. We will also consider applications if you wish to stay for a shorter period. It is essential that you receive an ERASMUS+ grant or equivalent form of funding.
As a full-time intern you will be an integral part of the small Cardiff EDC team taking part in EDC events and contributing on a daily basis to the compilation of European Sources Online.
Part-time Internships: We now have a team of ten part-time interns for the academic year 2015-16. We will accept a few more so please apply now if you are interested. Some part-time interns work for just one semester, so there may also be some vacancies for the second semester from January 2016.
As a part-time intern you will work for three hours a week during the semester in the EDC and also help to organise and participate in a number of evening events. Students visiting Cardiff on an ERASMUS exchange are welcome, as well as UK-based students.
- What does it take to be a successful intern?
- What can you expect from an internship at Cardiff EDC?
- Living in Cardiff
- External funding
- How to apply
- Reports from former interns
What does it take to be a successful intern?
Experience has shown that the following qualities make for the most successful interns at the Cardiff EDC:
- a good existing knowledge of the EU and Europe in general
- a good existing awareness of information sources relating to these topics
- good IT skills and familiarity with social media formats such as Facebook
- an outgoing and friendly manner
- interest or experience in working in the media or in other aspects of information and communication.
You do not necessarily need all these skills in equal measure, but this is what we look for in the CVs and motivation letters of applicants.
We are looking for interns who wish to work with us for at least three months, although we are prepared to consider shorter stays.
We can also take on part-time interns, who generally work one half day a week for a set period.
What can you expect from an internship at Cardiff EDC?
You will have the opportunity to become a member of the small team of staff who work in the Cardiff EDC for a short period (1-6 months). You will be introduced to, and participate in, the activities of the Centre such as:
- editorial, translation and marketing work for European Sources Online (ESO)
- dealing with enquiries
- planning and participating in events organised by the Cardiff EDC
- attending external events
- updating Cardiff EDC's Facebook page.
You will be given full training in any activity you undertake and will work under the guidance of a permanent member of staff.
There will be the optional opportunity for you to spend some time working on a topic or project of your own choosing.
We hope you will enjoy your time at the Cardiff EDC, and gain some of the following benefits:
- experience working in one of the leading European information centres in Europe
- learn more about the European Union and the countries of Europe
- improve your language skills
- enhance your CV and future work prospects.
Living in Cardiff
You will need to arrange your own accommodation in Cardiff*, although we can offer advice such as the names of budget hotels and/or hotels near the university. Low-cost self catering accommodation is available from Cardiff University during the summer vacation - contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact this email address to ask for weekly updated lists of private sector accommodation that might be suitable.
(*If you are visiting as part of a Leonardo funded placement your accommodation in Cardiff will be arranged by ECTARC.)
Cardiff University can sometimes provide accommodation during the academic year – please contact email@example.com. You must highlight that you will be working in the Cardiff EDC on an unpaid internship and that Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC Director, will be your supervisor.
The university estimates that bed and breakfast accommodation in local establishments will cost approximately £30-£40 a night and hotels charge £50-£105 a night. See also Visit Cardiff.
To help you find accommodation in Cardiff we have compiled this guide with contributions from previous interns:
We recommend when you arrive in Cardiff that you register with a local doctor, details of which can be found at the website of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. It is also important that you bring a current European Health Insurance Card – you should apply for this in your own country. The EHIC makes it easier for people from the EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to access healthcare services during temporary visits abroad.
While internships at the Cardiff EDC are unpaid, it is sometimes possible to receive external financial support through such schemes as:
- ERASMUS Student Mobility for Placements (note this is not a grant for study but is intended as support for a work placement)
- LEONARDO DA VINCI Programme (ECTARC administers the programme in Wales. However, if you are applying from outside the UK you will need to contact your Leonardo National Agent)
- other agencies in your own country.
You will need to enquire about these possibilities through national agencies in your own country.
How to apply
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Internship Enquiry' as the subject. You should provide the following information:
- when you would like to visit
- how long you wish to stay
- your background
- English language proficiency
- your motivation for choosing the Cardiff EDC
- full contact details.
Please also attach a full CV / Resumé.
All enquiries will receive a response whether or not we are able to offer a placement.
Reports from former interns
- Christopher Langen, June-July 2010
- Veronika Brazdilova, August 2010
- Nadja Kalinna and Felix Franke, August-September 2010
- Helen Halbert, November 2010
- George Gurescu, January-April 2011
- Johanna Kämäräinen, May-September 2011
- Jorge Montesdeoca Pérez, October 2011-February 2012
- Hélène Louis, October 2011-March 2012
- Lucas Goetz, February-July 2012
- Audrey Domise, April-June 2012
- Anna Wilczewska and Ewelina Bruździak, July-September 2012
- Marianne Mujunen, October 2012-February 2013
- Alessandro Sitzia, March-June 2013
- Frederico Rocha, February-July 2013
- Ariane Apodaca, July-August 2013
- Lilla Farkas, August 2013-January 2014
- Sophie Lobig, September 2013-February 2014
- Raphael Tservenis, February-May 2014
- Princy Bourdeaud'Hui, February-June 2014
- Gauthier Monté, May-August 2014
- Iris Eibensteiner, July-August 2014
- Selene Moscardó Navarro, September 2013-September 2014
- Laura Paatelainen, June-September 2014
- Aysylu Gimranova, September-November 2014
- Anita Zalaldinova, January-April 2015
- Roberta Facchinetti Forlani, Febuary-April 2015
- Elisa Patassa, March-May 2015
- Lisa Kleiber, April-August 2015
- Sedef Topal, July-August 2015
- Beatrice Emanuele, June-September 2015
Christopher Langen, June-July 2010
Part of my Masters programme 'English Studies' at the Freie Universität Berlin is to analyse contemporary cultural concepts, e.g. national identity and its relation to the Loss of Empire and the European Union. During my work as a Foreign Language Assistant for German in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, in 2009-10, I realised that British public opinion towards the European Union differs from that of other European countries I had previously experienced.
This gave me an incentive for research in this field and I had some interesting and informative conversations with Andy Klom, the Head of the European Commission's Representation in Wales, and Ian Thomson, Director of the Cardiff EDC and Executive Editor of European Sources Online (ESO). When Ian Thomson offered me an internship to pursue this research further and to contribute to the existing service of the EDC and ESO I gladly accepted it.
Veronika Brazdilova, August 2010
I am studying for a Masters degree in Communication at Science Po Paris and I'm interested in the European Union. That is the reason why I have an interest in the European Information and Documentation Centres. And I wanted to come to the UK to improve my language skills. The website of the European Documentation Centre in Cardiff seemed to me very well done and I got a feeling that the centre is very active. That is why I decided to apply for a month's internship.
Nadja Kalinna and Felix Franke, August-September 2010
During our apprenticeship in Germany to become specialists in media and information services we did a six week internship in the European Documentation Centre in Cardiff. We wanted to improve our knowledge about libraries, library systems and information / documentation centres. In order to achieve these goals we were given several tasks within the EDC.
Helen Halbert, November 2010
I will be completing a Masters degree in library and information sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2011 and decided to take the opportunity to combine travel with practical work experience before officially beginning my programme of study, so I applied to Cardiff University to undertake a variety of placements in the field. My internship with the European Documentation Centre during the month of November was the first of three.
George Gurescu, January-April 2011
My internship at the European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University seemed to be like a double challenge for me. First: three months in another country, all alone, in a city where I've never been before. Second: let's say that I am interested in EU issues and politics, but is this enough for me to manage this internship? And now, after those three months spent with the extraordinary team of the Cardiff EDC, I can tell you that I won that challenge.
Johanna Kämäräinen, May–September 2011
Part of my studies of International Business in Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland, is an internship done abroad. My interest in the European Union led me eventually to the European Documentation Centre in Cardiff and I was so pleased when I was accepted and given the opportunity to be part of their team for five months from May to September 2011.
Jorge Montesdeoca Pérez, October 2011-February 2012
I came to Cardiff in 2010 in order to take a Masters degree in European Studies at Cardiff University. Even though I had a legal background and I had worked as a lawyer in the city of Barcelona, I have always been really interested in the study of politics, and particularly in the European integration process.
After finishing my Masters degree in the summer of 2011 I was granted some funding by the Canary Island Government with the goal of gaining practical experience in an institution related to the European integration process. Because I felt comfortable in the city of Cardiff I decided to stay here. I was so lucky that I was able to find a place like the Cardiff EDC which met all the requirements for my practical experience.
Hélène Louis, October 2011-March 2012
In order to complete my Masters in European and International Studies at Université Paul Verlaine, Metz, France (now part of the Université de Lorraine), I was required to do an internship. This internship would be the last one before I start working so the first aim was to confirm my professional objectives.
After having completed three internships in the private sector, I decided to pursue my research in a European environment. In the past, I had been to Cardiff twice and really enjoyed the city and Wales in general. So the perfect match seemed to be doing this internship in the European Documentation Centre located in Cardiff. I am really glad with this choice because this internship brought me a lot of knowledge and also confirmed my professional objectives.
Lucas Goetz, February-July 2012
Prior to joining the Cardiff EDC for a six month work placement in February 2012, as part of my European Studies bachelor degree at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, I tried to imagine what this work placement would be like. As I reflect back upon it, I am glad to say that the work placement exceeded all my expectations.
Audrey Domise, April-June 2012
In order to complete my Masters in British Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin, I decided to do a three-month internship at the European Documentation Centre in Cardiff. I chose to come to Cardiff because, having written my masters thesis on the use of the Welsh language in the marketing of Wales, I was very eager to discover Wales myself. I also wanted an internship with a strong European dimension and the EDC was perfect for that.
Anna Wilczewska and Ewelina Bruździak, July-September 2012
We are both students of International Economic Relations at the University of Gdańsk, Poland, and one of our interests is closely connected with international relations between European countries. That is why we were very pleased to become interns at the European Documentation Centre in Cardiff.
Marianne Mujunen, October 2012-February 2013
I’m studying for a bachelor degree in International Business at Centria University of Applied Sciences, Finland. As a part of my degree I worked in Cardiff EDC as a full time intern for 4 months. I enjoyed my time in Cardiff and I can recommend this experience for other students who are willing to do a placement in the UK.
Alessandro Sitzia, March-May 2013
I came to Cardiff in March 2013 for three months to do an internship at the Cardiff European Documentation Centre. I chose this internship because I have a strong interest in the European Union and different European cultures, and I was sure that the United Kingdom and in particular a European Documentation Centre would be the best for my first work.
Now in May, three months after my arrival I’m really satisfied about everything - the country of Wales, the city of Cardiff and in particular this work experience at the Cardiff EDC. The environment is fantastic, with lots of people from all over Europe in the EDC office and students from all over the world in the Centre.
Frederico Rocha, February-July 2013
I started my internship at the European Documentation Centre (EDC) on 1 February 2013. Looking back, it is difficult to fully put into words the magnificent experience I had with the opportunity to live in Cardiff for the past half year. Before coming to work with this team, I had just concluded my Master Degree in Political Science from Nova University of Lisbon, and I was seeking a new challenge which could further improve my personal and professional skills. Now that I have concluded this chapter, I can say I have achieved that and much more.
Ariane Apodaca, July-August 2013
After finishing a master’s degree in Marketing and Communication, I wanted to gain practical experience in an editorial position and the Cardiff European Documentation Centre seemed the best place to do so. The internships offered in the centre not only offered me the possibility to do editorial and marketing work but they also allowed me to do so in a multi-cultural environment. Needless to say, I was over the moon the minute I found out that my application had been accepted back in November 2012.
Lilla Farkas, August 2013-January 2014
When I applied for the internship at the Cardiff European Documentation Centre, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to gain some professional experience, as I am studying towards a Master’s degree in International Relations (with a specialisation in European Studies) at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Now that I have finished the internship, I can honestly say that this work placement gave me much more than I was hoping for.
Sophie Lobig, September 2013-February 2014
As part of my Master's degree in British Studies, I came to the European Documentation Centre (Cardiff EDC) in September 2013 in order to gain some working experience in the UK. I chose the EDC because it offers the opportunity to experience the work of a British organisation with a strong European dimension. The EDC provides balanced information about the activities, policies and the impact of the European Union which I find very important, given the strong scepticism the EU is facing in Europe nowadays.
Raphael Tservenis, February-May 2014
The reason that I applied for an internship at the Cardiff European Documentation Centre was a visit in the previous year. I was lucky enough to visit the Centre because of my girlfriend (Paola Sanna) who was an intern here in 2013 and to see by myself that the facilities and especially the people that worked here were great, a fact that Paola confirmed too. When I applied for the internship later in 2013, I thought that it would be just a good way to finish my Master Studies in Political Science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki but now that my internship has come to an end, I could definitely argue that this work placement gave me even more than I was hoping for.
Princy Bourdeaud'Hui, February-June 2014
During our two years of Master’s in Multilingual Business Communication at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), we have the opportunity to do an internship in order to practice what we learnt during our years of theory at University. That opportunity is one of the strongest assets of the Master’s and provides a real plus to its students. It allows them to have a first look inside a company or an organisation and moreover to gain a first experience to write down on the CV.
Learning about the European Union and the countries of Europe are domains in which I have a keen interest, mainly because I would like to work in a ‘European environment’ after my studies. So, I decided to apply for a trainee position at the Cardiff EDC.
Gauthier Monté, May-August 2014
My name is Gauthier Monté, I’m 19 years old. I’m currently in the second year of my Bachelor degree in Business and Management at Montauban (near Toulouse in the SW of France). I came to Cardiff in May 2014 for three months to do an internship at the Cardiff European Documentation Centre. I chose this internship because I have a strong interest in the European Union and different European cultures and also for improving my level in English language. But, to be honest the main reason why I’m here was to meet other Europeans.
Iris Eibensteiner, July-August 2014
I got the chance to do this internship at the European Documentation Centre in Cardiff as a part of a course at the University of Salzburg/Austria called ‘Library and Information Studies’ which I finish in October 2014. This gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge about libraries, library systems and information / documentation centres. My internship was for two months, from July to August 2014.
Selene Moscardó Navarro, September 2013-September 2014
My name is Selene, I am 25 years old. I am studying my last year of my Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science at Universitad Politècnica de Valencia (Spain). I started my internship at the European Documentation Centre (EDC) at Cardiff on 2 September 2013 and it lasted a year. I think this was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had. I do not think I can express in words all that I experienced this past year.
Laura Paatelainen, June-September 2014
I arrived in Cardiff at the end of May 2014. It was late, outside it was dark and rainy, and I was sitting in a bus on the way to what would be my hometown for the next few months, not knowing what to expect. I had lived abroad before, but was still feeling nervous. What if I wouldn’t be any good at my job? What if I would be lonely and unable to make any friends? Luckily, four months later I am able to say that my fears were unfounded and that I had a wonderful time at the Cardiff EDC.
Aysylu Gimranova, September-November 2014
I am a Master's student of the Centre for British Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, and a three-month internship in the United Kingdom is an essential part of our programme. When I was deciding on a place for the internship, Cardiff EDC was my first choice as it offered an opportunity to work in an international atmosphere and gain knowledge about the European institutional framework, EU law and current affairs in the European Union. Also a decisive factor was the fact that two other students of the Centre for British Studies participated in the Cardiff EDC internship programme in previous years, and they both were very pleased with their experiences here.
Anita Zalaldinova, January-April 2015
I did my work placement at the European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University in Wales, UK. A work placement in Ireland or the United Kingdom is an essential part of the Master in British Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. The Cardiff EDC is part of a network of 400 centres around the EU called the Europe Direct Information Network. The centres provide information and expertise on the European Union so that people can use them for education and research.
Roberta Facchinetti Forlani, February-April 2015
My name is Roberta Facchinetti Forlani and I am currently studying for a Master's degree in Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation in Italy. An internship was part of my course of study and I absolutely wanted to do it in the UK, as I have a passion for the English language and British culture. While looking for an opportunity, I came across the Cardiff EDC website. After reading the purposes and the work of the Centre, I thought it could be a great experience for me as I have always had an interest in European issues but I have never had the chance to study them at university. It would also be very interesting for me to understand how the Centre works and to deal directly with the communication of issues of interest at international level, which is an aspect related to my studies.
Elisa Patassa, March-May 2015
Last February, I graduated in “Promotion of Italy abroad”, a Master’s Degree in the field of Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation. To promote Italy abroad, a good knowledge of Italy is not enough, having a deep understanding of other countries and cultures is also vital. That’s why I have chosen the multicultural environment which characterises the Cardiff EDC to get a first work experience in an English speaking country.
Lisa Kleiber, April-August 2015
My name is Lisa Kleiber and I’m a student from Germany. Currently I’m studying European Administrative Management at the Harz University of Applied Science in Halberstadt, Germany. An internship abroad is part of my course of study and I decided to apply for an internship in an English speaking country to improve my language skills. The reason I chose the Cardiff EDC for my internship was that it was related to my course of studies, which contains lots of courses about European policy, law, economics and the structure and fields of activities of the European institutions.
Sedef Topal, July-August 2015
I’m Sedef Asli Topal from Turkey. I graduated this year from Dokuz Eylul University, Department of International Relations. I’m really interested in current affairs, politics, history and philosophy. There are lots of related issues to these topics on which I plan to conduct comprehensive research, therefore I aim to continue my postgraduate education to be an academician at a reputable university which could provide me with good opportunities to create research fields.
I think that to have a chance of doing detailed research in my field, I have to apply for MA programmes abroad, because the language of science in the whole world is recognised to be English. Consequently, I firstly needed to improve my skills in English. Also I was looking for an internship programme which was relevant to International Relations to enhance my knowledge and experience in politics. The internship opportunity in the European Documentation Centre (EDC) of Cardiff University was ideally suited to my target. For this reason, I applied for the Erasmus internship programme at Cardiff EDC.
Beatrice Emanuele, June-September 2015
My name is Beatrice, I come from Florence, Italy, and I am a European Studies student at King’s College London. I arrived in June for a three-month internship at the Cardiff European Documentation Centre, and was warmly greeted by the EDC team as well as by the Welsh weather, which allowed for quite a few days of sun and blue skies. Upon my arrival I was already familiar with the main areas of Cardiff, and was happy about being able to work there because it is a great university city that is geared towards student life and activities. The main reason I chose to do an internship at the Cardiff EDC, however, was the possibility of working in a European Documentation Centre and learning about how it operates from the inside.