New Baltic internship opportunities available through Stanford's Global Studies Internship Program

January 10, 2023
Liisi Esse
Stanford students in Riga, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reception (summer 2022)

In the summer of 2023, Stanford students can choose between eight different internship opportunities in Estonia and Latvia, offered by the Global Studies Internship Program. The Baltic portion of the Global Studies Internship Program is hosted by SGS and co-sponsored by Stanford Libraries and Vabamu.

2023 internship opportunities in Estonia and Latvia

The Global Studies Internship Program offers placements at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies (University of Tartu, Estonia), Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia), HackMotion (Latvia), TechHub Riga (Latvia) and Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Estonia). Each of these organizations has experience in hosting Stanford interns and is looking forward to working with the students again. This year, the program also launched three new internship opportunities at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Estonia,  Riga Stradiņš University's China Studies Centre in Latvia, and The Baltic Security Foundation in Latvia. At CCDCOE, the students will get an opportunity to work for an international and multidisciplinary cyber defense hub’s strategy and law departments by analyzing future cyber operations, doing research on the overall strategic and geopolitical implications of operations, and protecting Ukrainian critical information infrastructure. At Riga Stradiņš University, the students will take part in International Relations academic work with a focus on East Asia's regional dynamic. They will have an opportunity to engage with the Latvian foreign policy makers, think tank community, academics, and practitioners. The Baltic Security Foundation offers research opportunities related to Chinese presence in the Baltic region, Baltic energy security, lessons learned from the War in Ukraine, and European and transatlantic security issues.

When chosen for an internship in the Baltics, students can participate in a program of events and activities organized by Vabamu. For example, in the summer of 2022, the interns visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in both Estonia and Latvia; met with the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia; took part in an Estonian cuisine workshop; had guided tours of three cities; visited a beautiful island off the coast of Tallinn and so much more.

More information about the 2023 internship opportunities can be found on the Stanford Global Studies webpage. The deadline to apply for the internships is February 7, 2023.

Stanford students on a tour of Tallinn Old Town (summer 2022)

Stanford students on a tour of Tallinn Old Town (summer 2022)

Stanford-Estonia Exchange Program

Supporting Stanford students' visits to the Baltics and finding interesting host organizations is one of the main goals of the Stanford-Estonia Exchange Program, which was established as a collaborative effort between SUL and Vabamu in 2022. The Exchange Program serves as an anchor for all visits to Estonia and the Nordic-Baltic region by members of the Stanford community and intends to increase the number of Stanford visitors Estonia receives each year as well as to enhance the experiences of the visitors. The program is led by Kadri Paju, Vabamu's Stanford-Estonia Exchange Coordinator.

Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom and its branch KGB Prison Cells are the largest active non-profit museum in Estonia. Vabamu tells the story of the Estonian people from occupation to independence and inspires people to maintain and stand up for their freedom. They educate, engage, and encourage Estonian people and visitors to reflect on recent history, feel the fragile nature of freedom, and stand up for liberty and justice. Vabamu is also one of the closest external partners of SUL's Baltic Studies Program.