We regularly look for dedicated interns to support us in the areas in which we work.


Applications are open to these students and trainees:

  • Those for whom practical work experience is an integral part of their university or training program or for whom internships are a prerequisite for admission or their examinations. Such a compulsory internship can last up to 6 months.
  • Those who wish to acquire skills, knowledge, abilities, and professional experience in terms of Paragraph 26 of Germany‘s Vocational Training Act (BBiG), without this being vocational training. Such a voluntary/orientation internship can last up to 3 months.

Eligible applicants also include:

  • Students pursuing a bachelor‘s or master‘s degree for whom an internship would be related to their major
  • Students who have received their bachelor‘s degree and who can prove they are applying to a master‘s program

Applications from graduates who have completed their bachelor‘s or master‘s studies can unfortunately not be considered. Regrettably, DGAP cannot offer interns monetary compensation. Please email applications, including a CV and letter of motivation, as a PDF or JPG to the respective contact persons listed below.

Internships in the Research Institute

Interested students have the opportunity to complete an internship in one of the programs of DGAP’s Research Institute. To apply, please contact the representative of the program you are particularly interested in directly. The specific tasks involved in any internship will be discussed individually with program staff before work is begun.

  • Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies:
    • France/Franco-German Relations Program: Contact person: Jacob Ross:
      (Selection process closed for the time being; The Franco/Franco-German Relations Program is currently not offering any internships.)
  • Center for Order and Governance in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia: The application process for internships in 2024 is now closed.
  • Migration Program: (This program does not currently accept internships applications.)
  • Center for Security and Defense: (This program is currently not offering any internships.)

Internships in DGAP’s Research Institute are primarily intended for students of political science, social science, and related fields who have a particular interest in scholarly work and research.

Applicants should fulfill the following criteria, with specific requirements depending on the particular program:

  • Experience in scholarly work and research
  • Proficiency in standard operating systems as well as Word, Excel, and similar programs
  • Good knowledge of the English language, and optionally other language skills (related to the specific field/program)
  • Experience in event organization
  • Interest in the core research topics of DGAP


Internship in the Editorial Offices of Internationale Politik

Unfortunately we cannot accept any applications at the moment.


  • Primarily: active participation in the production of Germany’s leading foreign policy journal, including researching and planning topics, translating, editing and proofreading texts as necessary, compiling data material for graphics
  • As needed: participation in editorial meetings, brainstorming sessions, conferences
  • A little: office work
  • Never: making copies and coffee


  • Strong interest in international politics and journalism
  • Very good English skills
  • Native German language skills
  • Independent, determined, and efficient working style
  • Hands-on and open personality

Internships usually last for two months. Please send your application via email as a PDF with a cover letter, your CV, and, if available, relevant references.

Uta Kuhlmann

Internship in the Communications Department: 

Internship position available from September to November 2024.


  • Preparation of content for the website (CMS: Drupal 9)
  • Compilation of press reviews/reportings
  • Preparation of newsletters and press releases
  • Processing of press inquiries
  • Implementation of social media activities
  • Organizational support for the head of communications in general administrative tasks


  • A bachelor's degree in communications, political science, social science, or a similar field is preferred;
  • Initial experience, preferably in the area of think tanks, politics, or science communication;
  • Strong communication skills and enjoyment in dealing with journalists and stakeholders of the DGAP;
  • Enjoyment of teamwork;
  • Commitment and flexibility, as well as the ability to work independently;
  • Proficient in MS Office, experience with CMS and CRM systems, and willingness to learn other software.

The task portfolio can be adjusted based on interests and talents (e.g., editing audio and video material, creating graphics, etc.). We welcome initiative and creative input!

The internship usually lasts two to three months. Please send your application by email as a single PDF containing a cover letter, your CV, and, if available, relevant certificates. The internship is remunerated with €520.00 per month.


Wiebke Ewering 
Head of Communications