Student Assistant, Program Technology and Global Affairs (m/f/d)

At the earliest possible date and limited to one year (with the option to extend), we are looking to fill the following position Student Assistant, Program Technology and Global Affairs (m/w/d) (50%, based on TVöD E6), Reference Number: 12-2021.

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) provides research and strategic advice on current topics and trends in German foreign policy. As an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization of experts and members, it has been shaping the foreign policy debate in Germany for more than 60 years and contributes to the international communication of German policy.

DGAP’s Technology and Global Affairs program focuses on how Germany and the European Union can shape digital developments and their massive impact on prosperity, international security, democracy, and the world order. The program tackles four broad questions: How can Europe succeed in its quest for digital sovereignty? How is the fusion of civilian and military technologies transforming the nature of conflict? How can Germany address the evolving landscape of digital democracy, the integrity of election systems, and disinformation in the run-up to Bundestag elections in 2021? How can Germany and Europe lead the way in shaping effective, relevant cyber norms and internet governance?

Your Responsibilities:

  • Research in technological developments, tech policy and foreign policy with a particular focus on major themes in the upcoming German elections;
  • Support in outreach to relevant stakeholders in the foreign policy, tech community and civil society;
  • Assistance with strategy and development into relevant topics;
  • General support for the project and program teams.

Your background and skills:

  • Currently enrolled in a MA program focused on international relations or technology policy, political science, economics, or related fields preferred;
  • Strong interest in and working knowledge of tech and digital policy issues in an international context;
  • Prior experience in think-tanks, international organizations, or political field highly welcomed;
  • Excellent writing, communication, and research skills;
  • Self-starter with the ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced, international, and team-oriented environment;
  • Flexibility to handle diverse research and program tasks;
  • Very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken;
  • Time commitment of 19,5 hours a week.

What we offer:

  • A responsible, exciting, and varied job in an open-minded team in a dynamic organization;
  • Contact with national and international personalities from politics, business, media, and civil society;
  • An opportunity to raise additional project funds, also for possible additional income;
  • Flexible working hours.

We are looking forward to talking with you!

If you have any questions regarding the content of the position, please contact Tyson Barker; (

We look forward to receiving your detailed application including certificates and information on your earliest possible starting date. Please send it as only one PDF file, quoting the reference number 12-2021, to the attention of Tyson Barker ( The application deadline is March 1st, 2020.

Please note that only applicants who are invited to a selection interview will be contacted.

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