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Working at the NSO

Join an international military community in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and become one of 200 personnel from more than 20 nations, military and civilian, working at the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO)!

The NSO is a recognised NATO military body framed on a bi-national agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America. Together with our partners, we offer training and education to members of the Alliance, NATO partner nations and other nations around the globe.

The NSO is structured into three key areas where personnel with different backgrounds and experiences work together towards a common effort.

The Command Group:

The Commandant, his Deputy and the Command Senior Enlisted Leader are surrounded by a group of special staff such as a Protocol, Legal and Public Affairs.


This is the heart of NSO. More than 80 course directors and course assistants ensure that 10,000 students receive relevant and stimulating training in a conducive and enriching learning environment. Browse the Academic pages to learn more about the NSO courses and the breadth of the curriculum.

Support Services:

It requires robust and capable support staff to enable the conduct of 250 course iterations and NATO led conferences per year. Personnel work in the fields of logistics and engineering, communication and information services as well as finance and security.

As everyone has their own career goal, the NSO offers a staff development programme which provides access to a range of courses and subsidized professional development opportunities.

The CJ-1 Personnel and Administration Department at the NSO looks forward to any job related questions. Please contact them for further information about job opportunities at the NSO using the contact form on the top right corner.

To find out more about Oberammergau and the surrounding area, visit our SERVICES section.

Vacancies for Civilians

The NSO is often looking for talented and motivated civilian personnel who want to contribute to a vibrant multinational work environment. Various job positions are offered to local national civilians. Open positions are advertised and managed solely through the US Army web pages.

Please click here to see the employment page for Local Nationals of the U.S. Army Civilian Human Resources Agency:
CHRA Europe Region - Employment - Army Local Nationals (LN)

Vacancies for Military Staff

Military applicants should approach their national personnel office to discuss job opportunities at NSO.


The NATO School Oberammergau offers interns the opportunity to work and learn in a multi-national academic facility located in the Bavarian Alps. Interns have the opportunity to assist in the academic programme and, when available, participate in specific lectures and courses.


The NSO will only consider internships if:

  • The internship is mandatory (e.g. part of a University programme) - with no time limitation
  • or
  • The internship is prior to higher education - time limit of three months or less.
  • and
  • The Intern is at least 18 years old.
  • and
  • Interns are citizens of NATO Nations.


The prospective intern is to produce the following upon application:

  • Proof of nationality, e.g. photo of your passport.
  • A reference from the sponsor/organization.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • Military interns are to provide a valid security clearance, preferably NATO SECRET.
  • Interns (military or civilian), without a valid security clearance but in possession of a valid reference and Criminal Record Check, are to be restricted to employment with access up to and including NATO RESTRICTED information.
  • A Criminal Record Check or character reference from a Local Government Authority (must be current and within 3 months of the application date).
  • A valid certificate of medical insurance (not required if a military intern).

Important Notes

  • Interns are unpaid.
  • The NSO does not pay for accommodation. NSO recommends the following accommodation; please contact the owners for terms and conditions:
    • Ammerzonas FeWo
    • Dedlerhaus Pension
    • Hildegard Gästehaus
    • Huber Evi FeWo
    • Huber Otto Gästehaus
    • Riegg Carina FeWo
    • Rose FeWo
    • Gästehaus Schauer
    • Hotel-Pension Stadler
    • Zum Stern Gasthaus
  • The Dean of Academics will determine whether an intern is permitted to facilitate and/or attend courses and be credited with attendance and/or completion of the course.