About PAII


  • Skilled and highly motivated interns, who study in diverse fields and can work in a wide range of industries
  • Solid education, outstanding and enthusiastic work attitude, excellent students’ competencies
  • Valuable role in the professional development of business leaders (potentially) working for your company
  • PAII’s close cooperation with Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. (Trade and Investment Section) and U.S. Embassy in Warsaw
  • Valuable contacts & business opportunities in Poland as well as in the Central and Eastern Europe
  • Strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Poland and the United States
  • Internship incentives: cost-sharing with other partners in PAII; recruitment outsourcing
  • Prestigious network of organizations
  • Modern CSR; media coverage and promotion

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.

12 American companies have already joined PAII:

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • The Boeing Company
  • Citigroup
  • Chevron North America
  • Discovery, Inc.
  • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
  • MoneyGram International Inc.
  • Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC
  • Raytheon BBN Technologies
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • The Ohio State University
  • Westinghouse Electric Company