Polish-American Internship Initiative is a prestigious internship program connecting the leading American companies with outstanding Polish students for summer internships in the United States.
The Program offers an exceptional opportunity for talented Polish students to develop their professional skills through learning from the best. The internships are available for full-time students of the second year and above at Polish universities, with fluent command of English, achieving the highest academic results and who have already shown outstanding abilities and commitment.
The hosting U.S. companies invite one or more interns for a period of 2-3 months (June/July/ August). PAFF and its Polish educational partners recruit and pre-select intern candidates. The final choice rests with the hosting company.
The participating companies are contributing to the success of an important U.S.-Polish initiative. By joining the Program the companies not only strengthen their presence on the Polish market, but also contribute to fostering the cooperation between our countries. Through educating PAII interns, the companies have an invaluable resource that they may use to invest in or to do business on the Polish market. In addition, the participation in PAII enables to significantly reduce the costs of recruiting a foreign intern as the costs are shared between several partners.
The initiative was launched in 2010 by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF) in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Poland. The operational activities within the Program are carried out by the Educational Enterprise Foundation together with American companies providing internships. PAII is also supported by the Trade & Investment Section, Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC.
This unique initiative was reflected in the official Joint Statement of U.S. and Polish Presidents after their meeting in the White House, December 2010.
“President Obama and President Komorowski applauded the partnership between the Polish American Freedom Foundation and leading U.S. companies to bring Polish university students and young professionals to the United States for internships in the private sector.”
[The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, December 08, 2010]
12 American companies have already joined PAII:
- Archer Daniels Midland Company
- The Boeing Company
- Chevron North America
- Discovery, Inc.
- GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
- MoneyGram International Inc.
- Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC
- Planting Arboretum Fields
- Raytheon BBN Technologies
- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
- Westinghouse Electric Company