Student internship programmes
International parliamentary internship (Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium)
The German Bundestag, in cooperation with Humboldt University of Berlin, has been conducting the International Parliamentary Scholarship programme since 1986 by annually offering internship opportunities to approximately 120 students from all around the world. Twenty-eight countries are participating in the programme, including several countries which offer internship opportunities for German students in their own parliaments. Latvian students have had a chance to undergo internship at the German parliament since 1992.
The goal of the International Parliamentary Scholarship is to strengthen partnership and cooperation between Germany and countries represented by participants of the programme. The Scholarship is aimed at highly qualified, active and open youths who are interested in politics and who desire actively and with a high sense of responsibility to shape the political future of their country. The German Bundestag offers a 15-week placement at an office of a member of the Bundestag and thus provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the parliamentary system and political decision making in Germany, as well as to acquire practical experience in parliamentary work. In order to apply for the Scholarship, follow the updates on the website of the Embassy of Germany in the Republic of Latvia: http://www.riga.diplo.de/Vertretung/riga/lv/03/2016IPS.html
More information on the internship in the Bundestag is available at: http://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/bundestag/international/exchange/ips/index.html
The International Parliamentary Scholarship programme gives graduates of Latvian universities an opportunity to learn more about the work of the German Bundestag and public life in Germany by taking part in the work of MPs’ offices. The rules of the German parliament require Latvian applicants for international parliamentary internship to be Latvian citizens aged up to 30 years with a good command of the German language and a university degree.
Since 2010, the Saeima has been offering an opportunity for German students to get acquainted with the work of the Latvian parliament.
Student exchange programmes aimed at raising awareness about political life in other countries and learning languages are widespread in the European Union; this programme gives an opportunity for German youths to learn about the democratic and parliamentary experience in Latvia, and it promotes recognition of Latvia and its policies in Germany.
This is the fifth time that the Saeima implements the International Parliamentary Scholarship programme. From 5 to 30 September, two German students, Benedikt Ivanovs and Stefan Drexler, will do their internship at the Saeima. The youths will have a chance to learn about the work of MPs, completing their traineeship with MP Solvita Āboltiņa (Unity), Chairperson of the group for interparliamentary relations with Germany, and MP Igors Pimenovs (Concord), member of the same group. The students will also have an opportunity to attend lectures at the University of Latvia.
In order to ensure more effective participation of German students in committee and parliamentary group meetings, this year the Saeima will, as previously, provide an internship opportunity to two students from the Ventspils University College: Agita Caune and Edvards Maļeckis will ensure Latvian-German interpreting during the meetings.
The students to intern at the Saeima are selected by the Embassy of Latvia in Germany, in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Interparliamentary Relations Bureau of the Saeima.