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Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Political Section
December 15, 2022

Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Political Section


For Public Dissemination

Internship Opportunity



Position Title Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Political Section
Location U.S. Embassy Berlin
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 Political Section (POL).

  • The next internship opportunity will be available around October 2024. 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 Political Section staff with duties and projects assigned as available. A summary of assigned projects and/or duties include: Monitor current developments in German internal, external, and political-military policy and report on events and topics of interest. Assist in maintaining files and collecting important news articles for subject files. Accompany Political specialists, Political Officers, and Embassy leadership to relevant events, appointments, and calls as appropriate. Support and help organize Embassy functions. Assist in the organization of and participate in VIP visits.


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, business, political science, political economy, history, public policy, international relations, or international law 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.


· Strong and concise English and German drafting skills and ability to translate from German to English and vice versa required.

· A thorough knowledge of Germany’s political, economic, and social structure is desired.

· Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

· Word processing skills are required.


· 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.