Europol is located in The Hague, The Netherlands, and its main tasks are the following:
- a) to collect, store, intelligence; process, analyse and exchange information and intelligence;
- b) to aid investigations in the Member States, in particular by forwarding all relevant information to the national units;
- c) to ask the competent authorities of the Member States concerned to initiate, conduct or coordinate investigations and to suggest the setting up of joint investigation teams in specific cases;
- d) to provide intelligence and analytical support to Member States in connection with major international events;
- e) to prepare threat assessments, strategic analyses and general situation reports relating to its objective, including organised crime threat assessments.
Purpose of an internship project
The aims of the official internship scheme with Europol are:
- To provide interns with a unique and first hand experience of the workings of Europol in particular and of the European Union institutions in general. It aims to provide an understanding of the objectives and goals of the Europol processes and policies.
- To enable interns to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of Europol departments and services. To provide the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi-ethnic environment contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance. To promote European integration within the spirit of new governance and through active participation to create awareness of true European citizenship.
- To provide the opportunity to interns to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies and training and in particular their specific areas of competence. To introduce these interns to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.
Internship project specification
This internship project focuses on providing support to one community of the Europol Platform for Experts (EPE) – an online collaboration tool facilitating knowledge sharing.
The specific platform supports public and private sector collaboration and knowledge sharing in five main areas – general intellectual property crime, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, food and drinks and online piracy. The project will include research, summarising and referencing legal documents (such as EU and national legislations, judgements, studies regarding legal issues etc) for the use of platform members. It will also offer space for improvements to enhance interactivity, further cooperation and knowledge sharing.
For this project, the intern will work closely with the Business Product Management function (CDBPM) and the team supporting the intellectual property fraud community.
The project will be led and supervised by a Senior Specialist within the Intellectual Property Crime team.
The successful applicant will join the Internship Project for a period of 3 months (40 hours a week), which may be extended for another period of up to 3 months.
Internship candidate must
- Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union and enjoy full rights as a citizen;
- Have reached the age of majority in their country of origin;
- Have a level of education which corresponds to completed or ongoing university studies or vocational training relevant for the tasks of Europol;
- Have very good knowledge of at least two European Union languages, of which one should be English;
- Provide a recent Certificate of Good Conduct prior to commencing the internship. Annex A of Europol Decision of the Director on Internships sets out an overview of relevant certificates for each of the Member States.
Interns meeting the eligibility criteria are awarded a monthly maintenance grant of
776 EUR per month during the period of internship.
Location: The internship will take place at Europol premises in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Deadline: 21 June 2015