Salzburg Global Seminar is looking for applicants for a 3-month internship in Austria

Salzburg Global Seminar is currently seeking applications for its internship program in Austria throughout 2023.

The internship is for those who want to create a better world by putting classroom learning to work, while also gaining real-world knowledge and skills in an inspiring international environment.

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1947 to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world. Its multi-year programs seek to bridge divides, expand collaboration and transform systems.

The program brings outstanding talent across generations, cultures, and sectors to inspire new thinking and action, and to connect local innovators with global resources.

Preference: Undergraduates from across the world who have completed at least three years of accredited study may apply, but preference is given to recent college graduates or to those in early-stage graduate studies whose interests and skills align well with Salzburg Global’s programs and activities.

The three-month internship program allows interns to not only enhance their skills and knowledge but also access its network of Salzburg Global Fellows.

The Internships are unpaid but participants will be provided with free room and board at Schloss Leopoldskron, free travel to and from the intern’s country of residence, insurance, and visa processing assistance.

How to apply: Check Communications Internship for how to apply. The start times run throughout 2023

Check Development Internship for how to apply. The internship commences in May 2023.

Check Library Internship for how to apply. This internship is for library studies graduates and commences in February 2023.

Check Program Internship on how to apply. This internship involves assisting in program research, administration and delivery, and writing/editing or how to apply. The internship commences in September 2023.

Salzburg Global Seminar is an Equal Opportunities Employer concerning diversity.

Check the Salzburg Global Seminar website.

About Salzburg Global Seminar: Salzburg Global Seminar is a non-profit organization that convenes programs on healthcare, education, culture, finance, technology, public policy, media, human rights, corporate governance, philanthropy, and the environment.

Since 1947, Salzburg Global has welcomed more than 40,000 participants, known as Salzburg Global Fellows, from more than 170 countries. It was founded by Clemens Heller, a native of Austria in 1946.

It will be held in Austria, which is a landlocked country in southern Central Europe in the eastern Alps. Austria’s capital is Vienna, and the country is well-known for its castles, palaces, and other architectural works. Although German is the official language in Austria, 73% of the population speaks English.



1. Where does Salzburg Global Seminar offer internships?
Salzburg Global Seminar offers internships in various departments at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg Global Seminar does not currently offer internships in our Washington Office. Please sign up for our newsletter for notification of future opportunities:
2. How can I apply for an Internship at Salzburg Global Seminar?
Please apply via our new online form.
3. I still need to finish my degree; can I still apply?
Undergraduates working towards a bachelor’s degree with a demonstrable interest in one of Salzburg Global’s program areas may apply to either the Program Internship or the Development Internship. The Communications Team and Library Internships are only open to applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree in relevant fields.
4. Can I apply for more than one internship?
Yes, but separate applications must be submitted, tailored to each position.
5. I applied before and was rejected. Should I try again?
Yes. Salzburg Global receives many more applications for our internship openings than we can accept. Therefore, we can only offer Internship opportunities to a few people who are qualified for an internship with us. Therefore, it is worth submitting another application, ideally with reference to your previous application.
6. Is there a closing date for sending in applications?
Yes. This information is available on each internship’s page.
7. May I submit an open/unsolicited/spontaneous application?
No. Applications will only be considered that are submitted when the call for applications is open. Additionally, only applications that follow the application guidelines, including all required information submitted via our application form, will be considered. To find out when applications will be open again, sign up for our Salzburg Global Internship Program mailing list at
8. Are the internship periods fixed?
Yes. Each internship lasts three months. Not all internships are available throughout the year. Specific internship periods are listed on each internship description page. Please state in your application which are your preferred periods. Due to program scheduling and accommodation reasons, we regret that we cannot accommodate internship requests outside these fixed periods.
9. Is there an age limitation for applying for an internship?
Yes. Salzburg Global Seminar challenges current and future leaders to shape a better world. Our Internship Program is specially tailored to those future leaders and thus designed for young professionals. If you are under 18, please wait a couple of years and sign up for our newsletter for upcoming internship opportunities: And if you are over 30 years old, share this opportunity with a younger future leader and consider applying for one of our programs instead:
10. How long is an internship?
All internships are scheduled for three months, except when explicitly stated otherwise, starting from your arrival date.
11. Can the internship period be extended?
No. We cannot extend the internship because of Austrian labor law and visa regulations. Therefore 90 days is the maximum length that Interns can work for Salzburg Global.
12. What are the roles and responsibilities of an Intern?
The roles and responsibilities of an Intern will vary depending on the specific internship. Please see the internship descriptions for more information. All Interns are responsible for working with all staff members to support upcoming programs and Salzburg Global’s activities in general.
13. Do I need a visa to work as an Intern in Salzburg?
If you are not a citizen of the European Union, you will need a visa for your internship. Upon your acceptance of the internship, the Internship Program Manager will contact you regarding the appropriate visa application paperwork and process.
14. Does Salzburg Global provide any accommodation?
Yes. Interns are housed in the Intern Apartment in the Meierhof, beside Schloss Leopoldskron. Interns will have access to shared bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, and a shared kitchen and living room. There are no lodging fees for Interns, except for a €100 security deposit. We will return this deposit at the end of the internship.

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15. Will I be informed about the outcome of my application in any case?
Yes. Salzburg Global will contact each applicant regarding the status of their application.
16. Do I need to be able to speak German to take part in the Internship program?
No. English is the working language of Salzburg Global. Therefore, Interns are not required to speak German. However, if you are a German speaker or hope to practice your German language skills, there are plenty of opportunities to speak German.
17. What language should I use in my application for an internship?
Applications must be submitted in English. Further, please note that the working language of Salzburg Global is English. Therefore, a good knowledge of this language is an essential requirement for an internship (excellent writing and communication skills).
18. Do I receive payment for this internship?
The internships are not paid. However, Salzburg Global provides interns with room and board at Schloss Leopoldskron, travel from and return to the Intern’s country of residence, insurance, visa processing assistance, and excellent networking opportunities with our international program participants. Visa costs must be paid by the applicant.


This information only pertains to Salzburg Global Internships in Salzburg. Salzburg Global does not currently offer Internships in the Washington, DC Office.
1. Will I get training?
Yes. All Interns will receive training for their specific internship duties at the beginning of the internship.
2. Am I insured during my internship?
During their stay at Salzburg Global, interns are covered by an accident and health insurance policy purchased by Salzburg Global. It does not cover pre-existing conditions, dental expenses, or eyeglasses replacement. Personal possessions, such as laptops and cameras, must be covered by your travel insurance.
3. Do I have to bring my laptop?
No. Salzburg Global provides all Interns with a laptop and all necessary software. There is also a pool of shared laptop computers and digital cameras for Communications Team Interns to use during sessions. If you wish to bring your equipment with you, this must be covered by your travel insurance.
4. Do I have to share a room?
Yes. Each Intern will share a single-sex bedroom. The bedrooms are in the Intern Apartment in the Meierhof and have ensuite bathrooms. All Interns will also have access to the facilities in the shared Intern apartment, including a living room, a dining table, and a kitchen.
5. How will meals work while living at the Schloss?
During the working week, a hot meal is provided daily for all staff.  In addition, groceries are supplied from the kitchen of Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron so that interns can cook their breakfast and dinner in the Intern Apartment.
Interns are encouraged to eat all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with the session participants during sessions. Vegetarian options are available for those who need them. Although the kitchen cannot make special accommodations for vegan diets or those with food allergies, those with special dietary needs can often find suitable options among the regular meals.
6. What clothes should I bring? What is the dress code?
The dress standard at Salzburg Global is business casual. However, interns and all staff are expected to dress in smart business attire when programs occur.
7. How much money should I bring?
It is recommended that all Interns come to Salzburg with at least some spending money. Interns are asked to pay a €100 security deposit for their rooms at the beginning of the internship. They may also be asked to take a taxi from the airport to the Schloss (which will be reimbursed). The additional money you need depends on what activities you plan to do during your free time.
8. What is the laundry situation?
Interns will have access to two shared washing machines, and laundry detergent will be provided. In addition, a dryer is available, although most Interns choose to hang their clothes on a rack to dry.
9. Do the Intern rooms have Wi-Fi?
Yes. Wi-Fi is available throughout the Schloss and the Meierhof, including in the Intern Apartment.
10. What facilities do the Intern bedrooms and bathrooms have?
Each Intern has a single bed. All Interns are provided with bed linens and towels, which are replaced regularly. Each room has storage for clothes, including a hanging rail. In each en suite bathroom, toilet paper, a hairdryer, and an outlet for electric razors are provided. Toiletries are not provided but can be easily purchased in Salzburg.
11. Is there any specific adapter that I need for the outlets for my electrical appliances?
Yes. Interns travelling from outside of the EU will need to purchase a two-pronged European adaptor. These are easy to find online or in most electrical appliance stores but can also be bought in Salzburg when you arrive.
12. Is there a nightly curfew?
No; however, the front door of the Schloss is generally locked at 22.00, and Interns are recommended to take their key whenever they leave the Schloss grounds.
13. I would like to visit another city (i.e., Vienna). Can I stay a night?
While Interns are permitted to travel during their internship, as some programs or preparation work takes place over the weekend, we ask that Interns only make travel plans once they have started their internship and have received their program assignments. Interns should ensure their travel arrangements are made in agreement with the Internship Program Manager.
14. Can my friends and family visit me during my internship?
Yes. Interns are permitted to have friends or family visit during their internship. However, we ask that friends and family not visit during programs. Subject to availability, Interns may reserve rooms at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron for friends and family at the discounted staff rate.
15. What would an average day/week schedule look like during the internship?
An average day or week schedule will vary depending on the internship (communications, library, development, or program), the number of programs occurring during the internship, and whether a program occurs during the week. On a non-program week, Interns will report to the office at 09:00 each morning. They will work independently with other Interns/staff members on various projects until 17:00. Interns will also attend lunch in the middle of the day with the rest of the staff and cook breakfast and dinner on their own/with the other Interns in the Intern Apartment.
During a program, the Interns assigned to that program are encouraged to eat all meals with the program participants (other interns may also join, depending on space). Interns will also perform specific tasks to support the program throughout the day and often work longer workdays during programs.
16. Will I work on every program that happens during my internship?
Not necessarily. While Program Interns and Interns with the Communications Team should expect to work on most or all the programs during their internship, all Interns will have the opportunity at the beginning of the internship to say which programs are the most interesting for them. These preferences will be considered when assigning specific programs to each Intern.

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