Professional Internship Program

 

Professional Internship Program

Why Participate?

In today’s competitive global economy, international experience is a valuable addition to any résumé. Whether you are pursuing a career in financial services, IT, education, or information and media, you will have the opportunity to broaden your perspective on how to conduct business in the U.S., work closely with a mentor, and develop your network.

The Professional Internship Program is a competitive and prestigious scholarship for the next generation of Baltic civic and business leaders. The Program places highly motivated, young professionals in focused U.S. internships in marketing, finance, engineering, architecture, journalism, human rights, and arts management, and many other fields.

Talented young professionals who want to gain international experience, deepen their knowledge, and enhance their ability to contribute to their home country are invited to apply.

The BAFF Professional Internship Program offers an all-inclusive scholarship for year-long programs in the U.S. Experience American culture while gaining the experience, knowledge, and skills to advance your career.

The scholarship includes:

  • Personalized coaching, including career research, resume preparation, and interview skills
  • Internship placement with a respected U.S. organization
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel health insurance
  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • Pre-departure and re-entry orientations
  • U.S. Enrichment Trip
  • Monthly stipend to cover:
    • Accommodation
    • Personal expenses
    • Local transportation
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • No fees whatsoever

Perhaps the most valuable experi­ence of my life

 

 

Internship Placement

Build your résumé, experience a new culture, and broaden your perspective on how to conduct business in the U.S. The BAFF Professional Internship Program allows you to create your own career-defining success through hands-on learning in a U.S. business or NGO.

BAFF works with you individually. Once accepted, you work in partnership with a U.S. professional to secure an internship in your field.


Enrichment Trips

BAFF Professional Interns participate in a week-long domestic enrichment trip. Designed to enhance your U.S. experience, enrichment trips feature activities such as innovation or intercultural communication skills training, meetings with influential entrepreneurs and business leaders, local history and food tours, meaningful volunteering, and teambuilding fun. The week’s focus is on developing strong ties among Interns, the building block of a strong BAFF alumni network.

Recent enrichment trips have convened BAFF Interns in New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Nashville, and Charleston.

When Do Trips Occur?

Enrichment trips are scheduled in the Fall and Spring. In general, Interns arriving in the U.S. between April and July participate in the Fall; Interns arriving later participate the following Spring. While every effort is made to make the travel dates and itinerary available at the earliest date possible, the actual trip dates may not be finalized until about a month before the event.


Who Can Participate?

The Professional Internship Program is a competitive and prestigious scholarship for the next generation of  civic leaders.

The Program helps to find career-related professionally focused internships in the United States of America in business, education, social work, architecture, human rights, journalism and many other fields. The scholarship is meant for talented people who want to gain valuable professional experience overseas, enhance the resume and deepen their knowledge of different culture.

 

Program Eligibility

Professional Internship applicants must:

  • Hold a passport from Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania
  • Be enrolled full-time in the final year of a minimum three-year degree program at an accredited post-secondary university OR
    • Be enrolled on a full-time basis at an accredited postgraduate university (for example a master’s or Ph.D. program) OR
    • Have graduated from one of the degree programs above within six months of the application deadline
  • Demonstrate written and oral English language proficiency sufficient to excel in a U.S. professional environment
  • Agree to return to your home country for a minimum of two years immediately upon completing the Internship
  • Not have any immediate family members that are BAFF employees or BAFF Directors or Advisors

Desirable Experiences

Applicants will be selected based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Alignment between professional objectives and the BAFF mission
  • Potential to contribute to home country and professional field
  • Demonstrated leadership and self-motivation
  • Relevant professional experience
  • Willingness to serve as a cultural ambassador

Dates & Deadlines

Applications are accepted twice per year. BAFF Interns typically begin their internships within six months of applying.

Spring Internships

Application Deadline

October 31

All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

Decision Notification

December 31

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to in‑person interviews before the decision notification date.

Internships Begin

April – July

Internships typically begin within this period.

Fall Internships

Application Deadline

March 31

All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

Decision Notification

May 31

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to in-person interviews before the decision notification date.

Internships Begin

October – January

Internships typically begin within this period.


 

Prepare to Apply

Gather the documents needed to complete your application.

  • Professional Internship Application Questions
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Proof of English Proficiency-CHOOSE ONE
  • Polish your CV or résumé—make sure it’s up to date.
  • University transcripts and diplomas (If you have not received your diploma yet, please submit a copy of your university transcript with final grades from your last semester.)
  • Recommendation Letters: Academic Recommendation Letter and Professional Recommendation Letter
  • Letters should be written in or translated into English and discuss:
    • Nature of the recommender’s relationship with you (e.g. professor-student)
    • Assessment of your character, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
    • Assessment of English language communication skill
    • Appropriateness of a professional internship to your career and future goals

 

For all application questions, please contact:

info@BalticAmericanFreedomFoundation.org

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence (Residency) Requirement

Read Carefully!

The Residency Requirement is a requirement of participation in the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Professional Internship program. Upon completion of the BAFF/CIEE Professional Internship, you are required to return immediately to, and reside in, your country of permanent residency for a minimum of two years and are not permitted to stay or attempt to stay in the U.S. or any other foreign country, including to work, pursue work, or study.

Short-term visits, up to a maximum of 14 days, to foreign countries for the primary purpose of tourism or short-term business are allowed. Visits longer than 14 days must be reported to your BAFF local representative prior to the start of the visit. In any calendar year, the total length of visits to foreign countries for either purpose may not exceed 90 days.

The residency requirement constitutes a moral obligation that relates to the foundational aim of BAFF to promote Baltic economic development through investment in the career development of young professionals. The Residency Requirement is at the heart of the success of the BAFF Professional Internship program. Please carefully read and consider the full description included in the Participant Declaration that you are required to sign in order to be eligible to apply.


Apply

Start your application by completing the form below.

Please submit this form no later than October 29th, 11:59 p.m. EEST

All applications must be completed, in full, by October 31st, 11:59 p.m. EEST


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