The EU-US Leadership program is designed to identify the brightest young people from the European Union and United States willing to participate in developing strong Transatlantic relations. The program allows students from both sides of the Atlantic to undergo a 3 months internship at United States Congress for European students, and at the European Parliament for American participants.

Although the United States and the European Union remain the closest allies, recent development in international politics particularly the rise of China, war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis, require us to create a new vision for transatlantic relations. Due to these reasons, political leaders from both sides of the Atlantic embarked on a campaign to strengthen the EU-US relations by proposing the establishment of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that aims at enhancing trade, and promote mutual economic development.

Having this in mind, the United States and European Union will need to prepare a new generation of social and political leaders, able to understand the importance of transatlantic relations, that are empowered to search for common strategies in response to a changing world. YouthProAktiv focused in promoting proactivity, entrepreneurship as well as greater involvement of young people in economic, political and social life of their communities, aims to establish a new platform of cooperation for Transatlantic partners that will give young people an opportunity to gain a first-hand experience of policy-making both at American and European level.

YouthProAktiv is now inviting European and American leaders of tomorrow who exhibit superior scholastic achievement and demonstrate talent in international affairs to submit their applications before 30 November 2016 at 12:00 Brussels time.

Phases of the program

  • Selection of participants

The participants will be selected from EU and US citizens under 35 years old interested in US-EU relations and keen to participate in the internship program at US House of Representatives, US Senate (for European participants) or European Parliament (for American participants) for the period of 3 months.

  • Exchange Program at US Congress and European Parliament

All final decisions will be announced by the end of December 2016. Selected Candidates will receive a formal invitation letter from a particular Congressman, Senator or Member of the European Parliament in order to join the exchange program in their Congressional/Parliamentary office. At the end of the exchange, the participants will be asked to submit a report concerning their experience of the program and future plans regarding their involvement in building stronger transatlantic relations.

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