65 young people were selected, following a competitive process, to become interns of this year’s edition of the joint Internship Programme of the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Moldova. The festive opening ceremony of the Programme took place today, at the Government House. The event also marked the launch of the second edition of the Government’s Internship Programme, with 47 interns enrolled there.

In her address to the interns, the State Secretary of the State Chancellery emphasized that “the public service stands at the basis of European integration; the progress of the Republic of Moldova on the path of European integration depends a lot on the skills and capacities of the public administration.”

Magdalena Mueller-Uri, Head of Operations Section at the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, mentioned that the opening of the Internship Programme takes place on a historic day, when the Republic of Moldova is starting the negoations with the European Union. She welcomed such a high number of enthusiastic, motivated and determined young people who have decided to explore the opportunity of starting a career in the public administration.

The programme, with a duration of two months, involves working side by side with civil servants from the central public institutions, having the EU High Level Advisers as mentors – which will strengthen the young people’s skills and subsequently increase their chances of employment. The programme also foresees regular trainings, seminars, workshops to consolidate the interns’ theoretical and practical knowledge in the various sectors of the public administation in the context of EU integration. The interns will receive a monthly allowance, the programme being fully financed by the European Union.

The finalists include students, master students and recent graduates from higher education institutions in the country and abroad – young people eager to start their careers in public institutions and contribute to the modernisation of the country.

The launch of the Programme was preceded by an extensive information campaign, carried out in four of the largest universities in the country, with the participation of over 500 students, but also online, for Moldovan students in the diaspora, watched by over 1700 young people. The programme is carried out on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Rectors and the EU High Level Advisers’ Mission. Details about the Programme, the selection criteria, the procedure for submitting files are available at https://www.eu-advisers.md/ro/internship/.

Previous two editions of the Programme were successfully implemented in 2022 and 2023, resulting in some of its graduates already being empoyed in the public institutions. This year’s edition is launched in the context of the European year of Skills.