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For history fanatics and off-the-beaten-path travelers, Belgium is the place to intern. This low-lying country on the North Sea coast sits comfortably at the crossroads of Western Europe. Belgium is the center of European politics, and political science and business majors alike will love the opportunities the bustling city of Brussels has to offer. Travelers come for the famous beer, chocolate, and fries, but it is the medieval towns and remnants of classic European life and world history that will keep you entertained during your stay. Have a seat, grab a Belgian waffle (with strawberry ice cream on top), and discover the cozy country of Belgium!
Internships are rather rare in Belgium, and it is most likely that if you do find placement, it will not be paid. Exceptions are placements within the European commission. The best time of year to apply for internships is during the summer, as many Belgians want to take summers off to spend time with their kids who are on school holidays! The three official languages of Belgium are Dutch, French, and German. Language requirements will change depending on the location you're searching to intern in, but in many roles English alone is sufficient.
Internships in Belgium are rare, and usually unpaid. There are no special laws regarding internships here. Belgian law fixes working hours at 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week; both limits must be observed simultaneously. The maximum limits may be reduced by collective agreement.
Belgium is a densely populated country trying to balance the demands of urbanization, transportation, and agriculture. The heir of several former medieval powers, this country is filled with fascinating cultural traces that make it an intriguing place to go. Interning in Belgium will give you the opportunity to explore its rich heritage in depth while indulging in fine dining in its vibrant cities. Cheers!
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