Joining GIZ straight after your studies

Have you just graduated or recently started out in your career and are now looking for the right employer?
If you are a graduate or young professional with up to two years’ work experience, you can apply for one of our junior positions. They are an excellent way of gaining initial knowledge and skills, both within our company and in the field of international cooperation.
We offer fixed-term employment contracts that help enhance your career prospects with a range of employers – GIZ, international organisations and non-governmental organisations, as well as the private sector, public administration and academic institutions.
We also offer junior positions in our offices in Germany and in our partner countries across the globe. We have many exciting opportunities – why not apply for one of them?

Internship opportunities across the globe
An internship will give you an insight into the diverse nature of GIZ’s work. We offer internships in departments throughout the company and in different locations. In Germany, internships are available at our bigger offices in Berlin, Bonn or Eschborn and in all smaller regional offices. Interns are also based in many of our partner countries around the globe. Internships are an opportunity to get to know development cooperation and GIZ’s work in Germany and abroad. In terms of content matter, the foreign internship programme takes its lead from the themes covered by development cooperation. In Germany, the programme gives interns the opportunity to get to know GIZ’s fields of activity and organisational rules and to participate in the day-to-day operations of the division to which they are assigned.

Requirements and duties

  • Our internships are open to matriculated students and applicants who have graduated within the previous six months. 
  • We are essentially looking for economists, administrative and political scientists, lawyers, regional and communications specialists, environmentalists and social scientists as well as experts in agriculture, forestry and business management, IT, geography and vocational education. Or maybe you are enrolled in a further training course in international project management with a traineeship as an integral component?
  • You have a good command of an internationally recognised language.
  • You are a team player. You have good intercultural skills. Your strengths include a willingness to cooperate and take on responsibility as well as the ability to cope well under pressure.
  • You have a good knowledge of standard Microsoft Office programmes. 

Applying for an internship
Current internships are advertised in Jobs Offers
The application deadline is stated in the actual advertisement. Internships are advertised throughout the year. As we normally receive requests from the sectoral divisions at very short notice, we recommend applying for an internship no earlier than three months before you are available to start.

How to apply
For your chosen vacancy, select the red button ‘Jetzt online bewerben/Apply now’ to access the application form. Please use this form to submit your application. To fill it in, you will first have to register. If you are applying for an internship, you only need to fill in the ‘Other skills ’ section under ‘Qualifications’. You cannot access any other sections as they are not relevant for internships.
Please give yourself sufficient time to enter all the data required. A short, informative cover letter is also important.
Please note that, due to strong demand, we are unable to award an internship to all applicants.

What will happen to my application?
The information you enter in your application form will automatically be transferred to a database that can only be accessed from within GIZ. If you submit an application form, you consent to your data being stored electronically.