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September 7, 2021

Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Human Resources LSU

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Internship Opportunity



Position Title Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Human Resources Recruitment
Location U.S. Embassy – Human Resources Office (LSU)
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 Human Resources Office.


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 up to 3 months or more.



The purpose of this internship is to offer students the opportunity to work in the Locally Employed Staff Support unit in Berlin’s Human Resources Office, which is responsible for administering the employment relationships between the U.S. Mission and its locally employed staff once they were brought on board. The incumbent will be assisting in processes that cover a broad range of HR topics as they are handled by the unit including but not limited to all tasks connected with bringing an employee on board, handling all matters while the employment relationship is in place (payroll, compensation, Betriebsrentenplan, promotions, disciplinary actions, parental leave, etc.) and the ending of an employment relationship to include some retirement and other after service issues.


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: Human Resources Management, Business, Economics, International Management, Communications, American Studies, Law, or similar is required.


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


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




· General knowledge of host country labor law, norms, and prevailing practices and of applicable procedures within the field of Human Resources in general is a plus.




· Strong computer skills and knowledge of MS office Suite products (MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), database applications and internet skills are required.

· Must have good oral and written communication skills in both English and German.




· 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.