Job Opportunities with the CELIS Institute: CELIS Forum Student Sherpas

CELIS Warsaw

Open Positions in the 2021 CELIS Forum Student Sherpa Programme

To support the CELIS Conference and Event Team in the run-up to the 2021 CELIS Warsaw Forum on Investment Security, we are looking for up to five (5) students (m/f/d) to work remotely and on-site in Warsaw from the period July 2021 to December 2021.

Are you…

  • … open-minded and friendly, have good manners, a quick grasp of things and don't lose the overview, even when things get hectic?
  • … meticulous, able to work under pressure and enjoy social and political issues?
  • … a student with at least a bachelor’s degree or a 3rd year bachelor student?
  • … do you study economics, law, or political science at a university or other higher education institution?
  • … based in Warsaw or within easy commuting distance from Warsaw?
  • … confident in dealing with all IT issues, above all have basic knowledge of database systems, and are confident in using all Office applications, especially Excel?
  • … are interested in and informed about foreign investments and security policy, can optimally fall back on experience abroad and formulate documents fluently in English?

Then you have come to the right place! We offer you a varied and responsible working position as a student trainee in a young, motivated team.

About the CELIS Institute

The CELIS Institute is an independent non-profit, non-partisan research enterprise dedicated to promoting better regulation of foreign investments in the context of security, public order, and competitiveness. It produces expert analysis and fosters a continuous trusting dialogue between policymakers, the investment community, and academics. The CELIS Institute is the leading forum for studying and debating investment screening policy. 

The CELIS Forum on Investment Security is the flagship event of the CELIS Institute. It serves to enhance the Institute’s analytical capacity and facilitate the shaping of common approaches. A marketplace of ideas, the CELIS Forum on Investment Security brings together EU officials, national experts, diplomats, academics, business leaders, thinktankers, and representatives of civil society and the media from across Europe and beyond.

Key tasks and responsibilities of a CELIS Forum Student Sherpa

  • managing participants’ and other databases, and enrolment systems
  • liaising with staff, suppliers, and clients
  • booking and arranging travel, transport, and accommodation.

Your qualifications and key skills

You are a student based in or near Warsaw, Poland, at a university or other higher education institution, studying economics, law, or political science.

We look for:

  • Discretion and trustworthiness: you will be party to confidential information
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Polish and English
  • Organisational skills and the ability to multitask
  • Reliability, ability to be proactive and take initiative
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Knowledge of standard software packages and the ability to learn company-specific software if required.

 What we offer

  • Insight in one of the most topical issues revolving around geoeconomics, statecraft, and investment control
  • Connecting to international thought leaders and decision makers in the fields
  • Becoming part of a research community and start-up
  • Gaining experience in conference organisation and management
  • Additional financial gratification upon agreement.


Applications for the CELIS Forum Student Sherpa Programme is open to third-year bachelor students, master students, and doctoral students in economics, law, or political science. Admission is by application only. Up to 15 students will be selected. Transfer students are eligible to participate.

 How to apply?

Please send a cover letter and your CV in English to Ms Joanna Kirstine Thomsen, Head of Event and Sponsor Relations at CELIS Institute at

Latest application date is 20.06.2021. Start as soon as possible.


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