Liberal Praktik gives young people the opportunity to do an internship at high-level organizations in London (Liberal Democrats International Office), Brussels (European Pariament MEP office), Berlin (Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the German Council on Foreign Relations, DGAP), Cape Town (Democratic Alliance International Office) and Washington D.C. (Center for Strategic and International Studies- CSIS and Johns Hopkins University, SAIS). Liberal Praktik is part of Svenska Bildningsförbundet, a Finnish-based think tank and educational organization. Liberal Praktik is funded by Svenska Kulturfonden -foundation.
The next application period is in September 2018.
The first liberal interns departed in 2006 and in the last ten years Liberal Praktik has expanded from offering three to 13 internships annually. Simultaneously, the number of internship positions has grown from two to seven. In the beginning we only provided internships in London and Brussels, but thanks to many years of successful cooperation, Liberal praktik has made connections in Berlin, Cape Town and Washington, D.C. Thus, we have internships on three continents. Our goal is still the same as when the program was established: to offer world-class internships to ambitious, liberal Finnish students.
Liberal Praktik continuously looks for new partners and we regularly evaluate our current partners to see whether they still fulfill our criteria. We gather extensive feedback from each intern in order to further develop our programme.
As a part of the internship, the interns meet up after their respective internships and provide feedback and share their experiences.
Liberal Praktik has a thriving alumni network. After the internship period interns receive invitations to events and study trips organised for alumni.
Liberal Praktik is part of Svenska Bildningsförbundet (SBF) and is financed by Svenska Kulturfonden. Our task is to offer students experiences in international political work within different liberal forums. Each internship has its own characteristics and awards the interns with valuable experiences and unique insights into political processes.
Each year 11-13 people are given the chance to intern at different institutions linked to politics. Altogether there are seven internship positions in five cities (Berlin, Brussels, Cape Town, London and Washington, D.C.). The internship periods are 5-6 months. The application period is once a year in the fall.
For additional information please contact the coordinator Jaan Siitonen.