Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe


An independant agency of the United States Government charged with monitoring and encouraging compliance with the Helsinki Final Act and other commitments of the 55 countries participating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).


Positions Available at the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Members of the bipartisan, bicameral U.S. Helsinki Commission are supported by a small professional staff with in-depth regional and policy expertise. Currently, the Commission is seeking to fill the following open positions:

Policy Advisor: Russia
The ideal candidate would have extensive and broad expertise as a Russia expert with experience in formulating policies to deal with both security and human rights challenges posed by Russia. Specific expertise on Russia’s interaction with international organizations such as the OSCE and international instruments such as the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty and the Open Skies Agreement are a plus. Area studies expertise in Eurasia is also a plus as is proficiency in Russian and other Eurasian languages.

General Counsel

The ideal candidate would have experience in a wide range of legal and administrative, legislative, and ethics issues relevant to a small government agency.

For both positions, relevant policy experience and advanced degree(s) will be valued over Capitol Hill or political work. The successful candidates will have a strong commitment to public service; strong writing, speaking and analytical skills; and be proactive, resourceful, well-organized, and able to meet deadlines. Individuals must be U.S. citizens and have, or be able to obtain, a Top Secret Clearance. Overseas travel will be required.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to

Helsinki Commission Internships Offer
International Relations & Communications
Experience on Capitol Hill


Chairman Chris Smith with Helsinki Commission Fall interns.

Be a part of one of Washington, DC's most respected organizations which provides a blend of international relations, human rights, and Capitol Hill experience. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe is seeking highly-motivated, self-starting individuals for its internship program.

Interns for the Helsinki Commission research Helsinki Final Act-related issues on human rights, religious liberties, corruption and rule of law, and free media; communicate with House and Senate offices regarding pending foreign policy initiatives; assist staff advisors with hearings and briefings; compile press clippings of articles on developments in the OSCE region; maintain awareness of NGO activities; and conduct standard office duties.

Qualified Helsinki Commission internship candidates should have a keen interest in learning more about international affairs and the inner-workings of Congress. A background in international relations is helpful, but not required, and both graduate and undergraduate students with a focus in political science, international relations and journalism are encouraged to apply.

At the conclusion, interns will have gained invaluable experience in one of the nation's most unique federal agencies. Work may qualify for academic credit, depending on the requisites of the college or university.

Application Requirements

Internships are unpaid and generally for one semester. Applications for the Fall term have a deadline of July 31st, and Spring internship applications are due on November 1st. Summer internship applications are due no later than March 15th. A letter indicating your interest and the hours you're available to work, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, a list of references and a 2-3 page writing sample of your choice, should be addressed to:

Intern Coordinator
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford House Office Building
3rd & D Streets, SW
Washington, DC 20515
Fax: 202-226-4199

Any applications not including the requirements listed above will not be considered for an internship position with the Commission. Due to the continued delay in Washington's mail delivery, applicants are encouraged to apply early and fax or email their materials.