The Polish-American Internship Initiative was launched in 2010 by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF) in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Poland. It is also supported by the Polish Embassy in Washington DC. The operational activities within the Program are carried out by theEducational Enterprise Foundation together with American companies offering internships.
The Polish-American Internship Initiative offers a unique opportunity for talented Polish students to develop their professional skills through learning from the best. The undertaking is implemented with strong support from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.
This unique and prestigious initiative was reflected in the official Joint Statement of U.S. and Polish Presidents following their meeting in the White House, December 2010.
The Initiative has had four editions (2011-2014), which together sums up to 73 interns having worked at eight American corporations: Boeing, Chevron, Citigroup, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Pittsburgh Glass Works, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Westinghouse Electric Company.
The hosting U.S. companies take one or more interns for a period of one to three months in the June, July and August period. Polish participants have just finished their second, third or fourth year of university studies. PAFF and its Polish educational partners recruit and pre-select intern candidates. The final choice rests with the hosting company. PAFF covers the costs of the program’s administration, travel to the hosting company's U.S. location, insurance, visa fees, and assists in the visa application process. The U.S. hosting company provides a stipend adequate to at least cover the cost of accommodation and board during the internship. Additionally, the participating U.S. companies are committed to provide a worthwhile educational experience for Polish students. They also provide interns with mentors for professional development during the internship. The participating U.S. companies are contributing to the success of an important U.S.-Polish initiative - they provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students who have already demonstrated outstanding abilities and commitment.
Comapnies interested in participating in the Polish-American Inernship Initiative are invited to visit: www.paii.pl
The website provides information on application procedures, incl. the submission form and the timetable or contact the Trade&Investment Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the program see attached documents: