The 21st Theater Sustainment Command is seeking qualified local national interns in a number of different specialties as part of a local national intern hiring action that began Feb. 17.
In conjunction with U.S. Army Europe G-1, who oversees the intern program, the 21st TSC held a kick-off event at Panzer Kaserne to inform local civic and educational leadership of internship opportunities for students currently enrolled, or recently graduated from universities.
The event was hosted by USAREUR chief of staff, German Army Brig. Gen. Mark Laubenthal, who, as a German officer working on a U.S. staff, is an example of the type of partnership exemplified in the internship program.
“I am a perfect example of the strong bond between the U.S. Army and Germany,” said Laubenthal who is the most senior ranking foreign exchange officer to serve on the USAREUR staff. “That goes also for the workers at all levels.”
The kick-off event featured briefers from various 21st TSC and USAREUR staff sections and subordinate organizations, including comptroller, public affairs, and the Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe, which is an organization consisting of roughly 95 percent local national employees. The TLSC-E also has a very robust apprenticeship program, which is closely related to the internship program.
Under the internship program, university students can apply for various positions with different organizations and units. These positions run for about 90 days and are compensated in accordance with local labor laws.
Applications are currently being accepted and can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular post to Attn. LN Internship Program, Geb. 1543 Clay Kaserne, 65205 Flugplatz Erbenheim.
To be eligible, applicants must be local nationals, 18 years of age or older, and enrolled full-time in a university, or have graduated within 6 months of the time of application. Applicants must also be able to work a duty scheduled in accordance with German Labor Law and be able to successfully pass a background check.
Deadline for applications for this current hiring action is March 31. Selectees will be notified in mid-May. Most interns will start work sometime in June.
This program allows the 21st TSC to participate in the local community by providing developmental opportunities for local students, but also helps the 21st TSC fill certain labor gaps, according to Col. Matthew Redding, 21st TSC chief of staff.
Redding went on to describe some of the more universal qualities a good candidate for the program would possess, and some of these qualities transcend basic skill qualifications.
“We’re looking for young people who also hold a high value on freedom and democracy,” Redding said. “Working for the U.S. army is more than just a job, and our people try to live by those shared values that both the U.S. and our host nation of Germany hold in high regard.”
Those interested in more information about the program can visit the USAREUR website at www.eur.army.mil and do a search, located in upper right of screen, for “intern program.”