Internships at the Global Policy and Development Department

+++ The internships 2021 are already taken. However, we are happy to accept applications for 2022! +++

The Global Policy and Development Department of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin offers continuous 3-month-internships to interested students.

The following time-slots are offered:

  • February 15 - May 15: Application deadline is September 30 of the preceding year
  • August 01 - October 31:  Application deadline is March 31

Please note that internships are only possible in the time-slots noted above. Applications that arrive after the deadline cannot be taken into account. Confirmations of receipt will not be sent.

Please address the application (via email) to GPol.Praktikum(at)fes.de. We would like to ask all applicants to provide us with a single, compressed PDF file for download, instead of large email attachments. Applicants will be notified about 2 months after the application deadline. An allowance will be paid for the duration of the internship.

Internships at the foreign offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung offers internships at their internationally operating foreign offices. This applies to mandatory internships, voluntary internships during the course of studies and vocational training, as well as to voluntary orientation internships (generally up to 3 months during studies or vocational training).

Please address your application to the FES foreign office at which you would like to undertake your internship. Your contact and (contractual) partner is the respective foreign office and not the FES representation in Germany. An overview over the FES foreign offices as well as information on the possible duration of the internships can be found here: www.fes.de/de/standorte/fes-international.

As a general rule, the FES will pay a monthly allowance. Further information is available at  www.fes.de/de/standorte/fes-international.

The FES will not bear further costs incurred, such as flights, visa fees, evaluation of tropical fitness, and insurances. These expenses must be carried by the applicant.

Application Details


  • advanced studies of political, social, economic or legal sciences. Applicants must have entered their 5th semester at minimum, however not yet be holders of Master's degrees or diplomas.
  • interest in our field of work and the work of a political foundation
  • good or very good knowledge of English, fluent German
  • socio-political engagement
  • ability to work in a team, communication skills, independence

Tasks and areas of employment

All interns will have individual supervision. They will further receive a training schedule at the beginning of their internship. This plan will contain:

  • content-related and organizational support of current policy consultation projects
  • assistance with the preparation, the implementation and the post-processing of trade events
  • internet research
  • assistance with daily tasks

Required application documents

  • CV
  • letter of motivation outlining your reasons for seeking an internship at the FES as well as for your interest in the field of development policy
  • enrollment certificate
  • information on your major field of study, as well as your preferred time frame for the internship
  • please only submit applications in German and via email; unsolicited applications will not be returned
  • Contact

    Global Policy and Development

    Head of Department

    Jochen Steinhilber


    Julia Kühne, Assistant to the Head of Department

    Hiroshimastraße 28
    10785 Berlin

    030/269 35-7510


    Specific Requests

    Please refer to Team & Contact for a list of our experts on specific topics

  • Expertise

    The Global Policy and Development Department deals with the following range of topics:

    • development policy
    • peace and security, disarmament
    • gender justice
    • global economy, taxes and trade policy
    • international energy and climate change policy
    • international trade union policy
    • migration and development
    • social justice
    • business and human rights

    We look forward to exchanging ideas with you. You can find your contact persons here.

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