Young emigrants targeted by internship initiative

Latvia is trying to win back a few of the thousands of young people it has lost to emigration in the last decade with a new scheme offering internships in the civil service.

The State Chancellery, the branch of the civil administration at the heart of government, is inviting young professionals who have acquired higher education abroad to apply to a new scheme, "Working in public administration" which provides paid-for places for 10 young people in various areas including engineering, logistics, IT, economics, finance, international law and relations, incoming investment and more.

"The demand for young professionals in various areas of public administration is great. This internship opportunity is offered to young people who have acquired higher education at a foreign university. Public administration is a highly skilled and innovative profession, and have great pleasure in offering the internships to help promote return migration," said Director of State Chancellery Elita Dreimane at a launch event on Monday.

The internships will be offered from the beginning of April until the end of this year and successful applicants will receive a monthly stipend of €1,000.

As well as their daily duties, interns will be expected to provide regular updates about their progress as part of a bid to show others that public administration is a rewarding career.

The organizers of the initiative are encouraging people to spread the message about the internships via social media.

More information can be found here.

An application form for potential participants can be found here.


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