Internships in Germany and abroad
Internships in Germany
As a GIZ intern in Germany you will be given specific tasks to carry out on your own under the guidance of a mentor. This will give you an insight into the work GIZ does and allow you to complement your theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience of the working world. Internships normally last between three and six months. In individual cases we might agree to a shorter assignment. Our internships are open to matriculated students and applicants who have graduated within the previous six months.
Our internship programme offers students and graduates the opportunity to work abroad in a GIZ office, project or programme for three to six months. Graduates may only apply within six months of gaining their degree. Why not take this opportunity to work in an intercultural environment and deepen your understanding of sector-specific and regional issues?The aim of the programme is to learn about development cooperation in general and GIZ’s work in its partner countries in particular. Once you have completed your internship, you will write a report on your experiences and any outcomes. You can also use this report as the basis for your dissertation.
Please note that it is unlikely that we will be able to offer you a full-time post at GIZ after your internship.
What sort of work will I be doing?
If you take up an internship in Germany, you can decide which areas you will focus on with your mentor. As well as becoming familiar with what GIZ does and how it works, you will be involved in the day-to-day work of the division you are in.This might include the following:
- If you are attached to a sectoral or regional department, you will be involved in drawing up strategies, project management, control and assessment, producing and evaluating studies and reports, and compiling project overviews based on specific criteria.
- In the Human Resources Department you will help develop HR concepts and be involved in human resources management.
- In the Commercial Affairs Department and financial teams you will produce offers, settle accounts and draw up contracts.
- In Language Services you will produce translations, edit and proofread documents, revise translations produced by external translators, work on terminology and take on translation management tasks.
If you undertake an internship abroad, your tasks will be agreed individually and will tie in with the main focus of the project’s work. You will be given a brief introduction to the project and be familiarised with its work, and will then take on tasks from the following areas of activity:
- Analysis, planning and evaluation of project activities.
- Implementation of international cooperation instruments.
- Taking on technical tasks within the scope of project activities
What are the requirements?
- You are a matriculated student or have graduated not more than six months before beginning your internship. Your degree is preferably in economics, administrative science, politics, law, regional studies, communication studies, environmental studies, social sciences, agriculture/forestry, business studies, IT, geography or vocational education. Alternatively, you are taking a professional development course in international project management, which includes an internship as an integral component.
- You have a sound command of a world language.
- You are willing to take on responsibility and work well under pressure. You are a team player and have excellent intercultural skills.
- You have good IT skills and are familiar with common MS Office programmes.
Applying for an internship
When can I apply?
There are no set deadlines for applying for an internship and you can apply at any time of year. Internship vacancies tend to become available at very short notice, so we recommend that you apply no more than six months before you would be available to start.
Where can I find current internships?
Click on ‘Internship vacancies’ on the right of the page. If you do not see a suitable post you can always submit a speculative application by clicking on ‘Speculative application for internship’.
You can also look for internship vacancies using our job search. Under ‘Entry level’ select ‘Intern’ and then click on ‘Find vacancies’.
How can I apply?
At the bottom of the job ad, click on ‘Apply online now’ to access the online application form. Before you can fill in the form, you will have to register as an applicant. If you are applying for an internship, the only section you need to fill in under ‘Qualifications’ on the application form is ‘Other skills’. The other sections are not relevant for internships and are therefore not accessible.
Allow yourself sufficient time to fill in the application form fully. Sending a short, but convincing covering letter is also important.
Please note that we receive a large number of applications and therefore cannot guarantee you an internship.
What will happen to my application?
The information in your application form will automatically be transferred to a database that can only be accessed from within GIZ. When you submit your application, you automatically consent to your data being stored electronically.