Heinrich Boll Foundation’s 2024 Internship Program for International Students

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The Transatlantic Democracy program fosters collaboration among US and German policymakers, activists, experts, civil society organizations, and community leaders to address challenges impacting our democratic systems. Presently, the program centers its efforts on civil rights, domestic policy, democratic resilience, and reconciliation with historical legacies.

The Foreign and Security Policy program tackles global issues related to peace, security, democracy, and human rights through a worldwide lens. Current program initiatives concentrate on the transatlantic relationship, the Ukraine conflict, and the evolution of the multilateral order. These programs typically employ formats such as panel discussions, policy brief publications, articles, study tours, and delegation visits.

This internship opportunity suits students with a background in international relations, public policy, history, German, or European politics. Ideal candidates possess a sound understanding of both the American and German political landscapes and a keen interest in pertinent policy challenges across program areas. Individuals willing to contribute to global dialog formats (like public events, workshops, study tours) and pursue independent research on relevant program issues are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • Monthly stipend of $700 for full-time roles (proportionally less for part-time)
  • 5 paid vacation days per three-month period for full-time internships
  • Financial coverage for most visa application expenses by the foundation


  • Experience in at least one of the program areas
  • Genuine interest in the foundation’s values and mission
  • Proficiency in English (German language skills not mandatory)
  • Full-time commitment of 40 hours per week for 3 to 6 months (part-time available on a case-by-case basis)
  • Minimum of 2 years of university-level experience
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program or recent (< 1 year) Bachelor’s degree recipient

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Provide logistical support for visitor programs and events
  • Manage front desk duties, including responding to inquiries and calls
  • Handle contact and program-specific databases


  • Develop social media content and communication strategies
  • Update website and blog content


  • Conduct comprehensive background research on topical issues and current events.
  • Prepare research materials for upcoming events, tours, and speaker series.

Documents Needed for Application: Besides routine tasks, interns must undertake a capstone project on a topic of their choice. The capstone can comprise either a substantial singular piece or a combination of the following:

  • A 5-10 page policy paper (refer to an example paper here).
  • Interview with a policy expert (in article or video format).
  • Script for a 2-3 minute explanatory video.
  • Series of concise blog pieces or op-eds.

Application Procedure:

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Application Deadline: January 10, 2024

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