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October 28, 2022

Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Economic Section (ECON)

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Internship Opportunity




Position Title:  Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Economic Section

Location: U.S. Embassy Berlin – Economic Section

Open To: German & EU Nationals, and Nationals of EFTA Member States, who are currently enrolled in a German university

Salary: Unpaid – Gratuitous Service

Work Hours: Schedule to be determined on individual basis, preferably 40 hours per week

Minimum duration: 70 calendar days

Maximum duration: 90 calendar days

Security Requirement: Candidate must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive security certification


The U.S. Embassy in Berlin is seeking a Volunteer Foreign National Student Intern for the Economic Section (ECON).

  • This internship is offered year-round; the starting date will be discussed during the interview, while it is also dependent on passing the background check, which can take 3 months or more.


The purpose of this internship is to offer students the opportunity to work alongside Economic Section staff with duties and projects assigned as available. Interns may also participate in outside meetings and events, take notes, and write reports on issues relevant to the Economic Section’s work.


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in determination that the applicant is not qualified.

EDUCATION: Present enrollment in a German university in the area of: Economics, International Affairs, Law, Environment, Sciences, Technology, Health or related subjects.

EXPERIENCE: No experience required. However, public sector and customer service experience is a plus.

LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluent) English language skills and Level IV German (fluent).


· Knowledge of international relations as well as Germany’s economic structure and relevant stakeholders is helpful.


· Candidates with research experience preferred.

· Familiarity with Microsoft Office software applications is helpful.


· Application language is English. Certificates, awards or degrees in English or German do not need to be translated.

· Applicants must submit a complete application (cover letter, resume (in English), proof of enrollment in a German University or College, and proof of citizenship).

· Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

· The U.S. Mission in Germany does not refund travel expenses incurred by the interviewee.

· The internship is a voluntary service. There are no benefits attached to this internship and no compensation, nor any future employment rights.

· Students selected must pass a background check and receive a security certification from the Embassy before commencement of the internship. The security check can take up to three months or more and will require a personal interview with the security department of the Embassy.

· The student must be enrolled with a German health carrier.

· Students with dual citizenship (US-German, US-EU/EFTA) are eligible for the Foreign National Internship Program.

· Eligibility Requirements: The U.S. Mission in Germany will only accept applications from non-U.S. citizen students for this internship program. The purpose of the Volunteer National Student Intern Program is to offer students enrolled in a German university/higher institute of learning the challenge of working in a foreign affairs field. U.S. citizen students apply directly to the U.S. Department of State: www.careers.state.gov

§ How To Apply: Interested applicants for this position must submit their application, including a cover letter, resume, proof of citizenship, and proof of enrollment (the DS-0174 is not needed) and send the documents to: Employment-Germany@State.gov

The U.S. Mission in Germany provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliations. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.