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.
*April 2013 update*
While we have some full time interns booked with us through until January 2014, we will consider an application for one further full time internship from June 2013 until September 2013. We already have offered places for two full time internships for the period from September 2013, but are still ready to consider applications from people who have a particular motivation to undertake an internship at the Cardiff EDC in the period through to the end of January 2014.
For the period from February 2014 we are still reviewing the Cardiff EDC Internship Programme for this period, but you are welcome to apply.
The Cardiff EDC also offers part-time internships to students at Cardiff University (three hours of work per week plus help and attendance at Cardiff EDC events). Most part-time internship begin in October 2013, but we can sometimes offer places during vacations.
- What does it take to be a successful intern?
- What can you expect from an internship at Cardiff EDC?
- 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 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.
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 and mark your message for the attention of Andrew Gough. 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.
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 European Union’s 27 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
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.
The Cardiff EDC is a wonderful place to work. I was lucky to be welcomed by very friendly colleagues from various countries. The work at the Cardiff EDC is very diverse. Upon arriving I was asked to translate the Powerpoint guide to European Sources Online into Dutch, which allowed me to get acquainted with ESO. Thereafter I started working on ESO, initially creating index records for books recently published.
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.