Program Internship

Program Internship

Salzburg Global Seminar seeks self-motivated and pro-active interns to assist the Program Departments with research, the development, implementation and documentation of Salzburg Global Seminar sessions at its headquarters at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria.


“This summer I was lucky enough to live on the grounds of a palace, wake up to a view of the Alps every day, and meet and learn from interesting people who live all over the world. Do yourself a favor and apply to intern at Salzburg Global Seminar - this was an experience I'll never forget.”
- Emily Smith, Program Intern, Summer 2017

“Working at Salzburg Global Seminar made me realize the importance of creating a global dialogue around some of the toughest social problems of today. Being able to be in the room during these conversations, and meeting some of the world's foremost change-makers, was one of the most unique and enlightening opportunities I've had and I will take those experiences with me into my next professional endeavor.
- Kelly Ulrich, Program Intern, Spring 2017


Sessions are at the heart of Salzburg Global’s program internship. Interns play a critical role and work directly with the Chief Program Officer, Program Directors, and Program Associates to develop, implement, and document each program. All interns will also be expected to support the administrative functions of Salzburg Global Seminar and its programs. Interns must be willing to contribute to day-to-day operational tasks and be capable of using computers and IT effectively.

Program duties include: 

  • Assisting Program Staff in session planning preparations by researching potential attendees and institutions;
  • Attending and participating in session planning meetings and preparing notes to share with the team;
  • Compiling participant Welcome Packets as well as all other program-related materials prior to each session;
  • Attending sessions and supporting program staff by responding to ad hoc requests, providing AV support (recording lectures, controlling the sound system, passing around microphones, showing visuals on presentation screen, etc.) and all other operational facets during the session.
  • Providing topical research on future potential sessions.

Administrative duties include:

  • Full use of the Microsoft Office programs and operating systems (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe Photoshop;
  • Administrative functions such as database support, printing, copying, mailings, etc.;
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment with rapidly shifting tasks.


Helpful academic or professional backgrounds: Candidates should be in or have recently graduated from an international relations program or a field related to one of Salzburg Global’s program areas. Where possible, interns will be assigned projects directly connected to their specific skills and interests.  

Other requirements: Candidates should have excellent research and communication capacities, including the ability to write clear and concise text in English, as well the ability to synthesize large amounts of information and draw out key points and critical analysis for program staff. Candidates must also be comfortable working with people in different time zones, from diverse cultural backgrounds and at all levels of the organization, including senior executives, in a creative, but formal and professional environment, e.g. business attire is required. Enthusiasm for the global mission, exceptional organizational and writing skills, attention to detail, and internet research and Microsoft Office Suite skills are required.  


The internship is full-time for three months. The position is unpaid, but the successful candidate will be provided with free on-site accommodation at Schloss Leopoldskron, all meals and a return ticket for their country of origin, as well as excellent networking opportunities with the international participants of our programs. German language skills are not required.


The deadline for applications for 2018 Salzburg-based internships has now passed. For internships starting in 2019, please check again in the Fall of 2018.