Brussels Internship Program (Summer)

The Brussels Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks living, studying, and interning in the heart of Europe. Students are introduced to the city’s important place in European and world politics through coursework that focuses on the current challenges facing the EU. Field trips to political, governmental, and non-governmental organizations complement the coursework.

Program Curriculum

Students enroll in one required course and one internship course. Each course carries four Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Students enroll in the following course:

CAS IR 415/GRS IR 709: The European Union in the 21st Century: Challenges and Prospects (4 credits)

Examines the European Union as the world’s most advanced experiment in supranational governance. Studies the EU’s origins, development, and contemporary issues and challenges, such as multiculturalism, immigration, security, and financial crisis. Includes field trips around Brussels and guest speakers. Syllabus

    The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship. Internship areas include economics, international relations and international organizations, politics and comparative law.

    • CAS EC 597: Internship in Economics
    • CAS PO 403: Internship in Comparative Law
    • CAS PO 405/IR 455/GRS PO/IR 645: Internship in International Organizations*

    *Note: Cannot be taken for credit toward the MA or PhD in Political Science at BU without express permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

    Program Details

    Program Dates
    • Summer Term: Late May to Late July
    • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
    • Students are housed in one-bedroom, double occupancy apartment-style accommodations in a residential hotel located a short walk from La Grand-Place in downtown Brussels. The apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, living areas, internet access and a bathroom.
    • Safety and Security: BU Study Abroad Brussels
    Application Deadlines
    • Summer Term: March 1, 2015

    Download a description of the Brussels Summer Internship Program.

    Program Faculty & Staff

    The Boston University Brussels Program is administered by staff in both our Boston and Brussels offices. In Boston a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Brussels. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations.