American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) Internships

aicgs-fulllogoThe American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the spring, summer, and fall. AICGS internships provide a professional and educational experience in a not-for-profit organization that aims to strengthen the German-American relationship. Interns typically are assigned to projects on a priority basis and are exposed to the Institute’s different departments (Research/Publications, Development/Outreach, Public Policy, Administration/Finance).

AICGS Internships aim to :

  1. Introduce interns to all aspects (administrative, programming, development, research) of an American non-profit public policy institute
  2. Involve interns in ongoing AICGS projects and events of the three program areas: Business & Economics, Foreign & Domestic Policy, and Society, Culture & Politics
  3. Provide opportunities for participation in similar events in Washington, DC, organized by other policy institutions or think tanks.

Interns may be assigned to a particular program area depending on their field of study and foci. All interns will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Event management (including contacting participants, event set-up/take-down, event registration and follow-up, and publications mailings)
  • Taking notes and writing summaries at AICGS events for the AICGS website and electronic newsletter
  • Daily English and German language newspaper survey
  • Contact database work
  • Research support for Institute staff and fellows for various projects and events
  • Administrative/Financial project support

Interns will be evaluated at the mid-point and at the end of their internship and will be asked to provide AICGS with an evaluation of the internship program and their experience at AICGS.

Duration and Application Deadlines :

Interns are expected to work between 20 and 35 hours a week during the following cycles :

  • Spring : January-May. Application deadline is October 1
  • Summer : June-August. Application deadline is March 1
  • Fall : September-December. Application deadline is June 1

Qualifications :

AICGS accepts students from a variety of fields of studies. Students should have an interest in transatlantic relations and Europe/Germany. Knowledge of the German language is helpful but not essential. Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel) and Internet research skills are required. Interns must have strong written and verbal communication and organizational skills, as well as attention to detail. Interns should be highly motivated to work in a small organization on a variety of projects.

Foreign nationals who apply must be eligible for a J-1 visa and must cover the costs associated with obtaining the visa. If already in the U.S., they must be eligible to intern at a U.S. organization.

Application :

To apply, send your resume, cover letter (outlining applicant’s reason for applying for the internship and his/her availability), and two writing samples (in English, no more than four pages each) preferably via e-mail to :

Ms. Elizabeth Caruth
Program Coordinator, AICGS
1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-2121″

For more information, visit AIGCS’s website at

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