LOCALINTERNational Internship Program



International Local Authorities Internship Program (LOCALINTERNational) is an international internship program annually organized by the Union of Municipalities of Türkiye since 2012 with the aim of providing local governance training to the participants through instructions, practical examples and field visits including social activities and trips to various cities in Türkiye. Since the first program, LOCALINTERNational has been providing an international training environment to a wide range of participants from European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries to learn, socialize and see the good practices along with the examples of municipal work.

LOCALINTERNational program is held with the participation of new graduates and last year students of universities. The Program facilitates trainings, field visits and social-cultural activities for future local leaders. Our Union always looks forward to hosting valuable young participants and to provide them with a beneficial local governance experience. In addition to objective criteria such as grade point average and English level, applicants are evaluated based on their motivation for the program.

All expenses of the participants such as travel and accommodation and other expenses stemming from the participation to the Program are covered by the Union of Municipalities of Türkiye and a certificate is given to the participants at the end of the program.

Along with Turkish local government system, the foundations of local governments, global and global organizations, local government and city planning the Program also includes sustainable development Goals (SDG), migration, smart cities, zero waste, and energy-related local governments, which are among the main topics on the international agenda of local governments along with thematic features.

A total of 332 students from nearly 60 different countries participated in the LOCALINTERNational Program between 2012-2021.


Learning Content:

Fundamental Values of Local Governments

Local Democracy and Participation

Social and Cultural Activities of Local Governments

Global and Regional Organizations of Local Governments

Local Governments and Sustainable Development Goals

Comparative Local Governments

Local Governments in Türkiye

CV Preparation and Interview Techniques

Application requirements:

Good command of English


Last year students or new graduates of,

-     Law

-     Economics

-     Urban/Regional Planning

-     Sociology

-     Statistics

-     Communication

-     Political Science

-     International Relations

-     Administrative sciences

-     Other related fields


For further information, please contact us: disiliskiler@tbb.gov.tr