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 think tank that aims to strengthen the German-American relationship. AICGS internships aim to:
- Introduce interns to all aspects (administrative, programming, development, research) of an American nonprofit public policy institute
- Provide opportunities for interns to carry out their own research projects and publish work on the Institute’s website
- Involve interns in ongoing AICGS projects and events of the three program areas: Business & Economics, Foreign & Domestic Policy, and Society, Culture & Politics
- Provide opportunities for participation in similar events in Washington, DC, organized by other policy institutions or think tanks.
AICGS offers two internship positions (Research Internship and Development Internship). Please specify which position you are applying for in your application.
Research Interns are given significant freedom to explore their own research interests and publish their work on the AICGS Notizen Blog. This position primarily works with the Program Coordinator.
All Research Interns will be involved in the following tasks:
- Support staff and fellows with their research projects and initiatives
- Provide event support (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
- Day-to-day administrative duties
Development Interns learn how a nonprofit functions as a business entity and become acquainted with the logistics of organizing the Institute’s annual fundraising dinner, the Global Leadership Award Dinner (GLAD). This position primarily works with the Development Coordinator.
All Development Interns will be involved in the following tasks:
- Researching and identifying potential partnerships between the Institute and private firms
- Administrative and financial project support
- Contact database management
- Researching changes in German-American business relationships
- Provide event support for GLAD
- Monitor social media platforms
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.
AICGS accepts students from a variety of fields of studies. Students should have an interest in transatlantic relations and Europe/Germany. 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. Previous website and/or social media development/management skills are useful but not required. Knowledge of the German language is helpful but not essential.
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.
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
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
Washington, DC 20036-2121
Testimonies from previous AICGS Interns
“The internship program at AICGS was a great opportunity to get experience in the nonprofit think tank community in Washington, DC, enhancing my graduate education and professional experiences. AICGS has a great office environment in which you are treated as a part of the team and given responsibilities directly contributing to its work. The internship provided opportunities to further my own research interests related to the euro crisis while also exploring new areas of interest and gaining new skills related to the field of international affairs. There are opportunities to play a number of roles in the Institute’s work, from monitoring German-American business developments to writing blogs for the website. Furthermore, the networking opportunities with resident fellows provide a great way to build new contacts while also assisting in their individual research projects. My experience at AICGS was better than I could have imagined. The skills I gained through numerous projects will continue to prove useful throughout my professional career.”
~Jackie Pierson, AICGS Spring 2015 Intern
Master’s Student of International Political Economy, Concentration in European Economics at American University School of International Service
“My interest in German policy and transatlantic relations attracted me to the AICGS internship. Upon arrival, however, I realized how much more the institute had to offer, bringing in speakers on climate, reconciliation, and finance issues. The staff was supportive of my participation in AICGS events as well as other local think tank events that were in my field of study. My daily work was also atypical for an internship. Only partially administrative, my job included writing for the website, whether officially for events or on my own for the AICGS blog. Friendly staff, access to Washington D.C., learning from prominent scholars and contributing to the daily activity of a Washington think tank made for a very rewarding experience. I encourage people with global interest in all fields of study to apply!”
~Jennifer Huffman, AICGS Spring 2013 Intern
Master of Arts in German and European Studies, Georgetown University
WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing)
If you are in need of housing, we have an arrangement with WISH: they will give our interns a 10% discount. WISH offers intern-only, fully-furnished townhouses and apartments with Wi-fi, free laundry, and close proximity to the metro. In addition, WISH has a large Residential Life Services program offering networking events, social events, and site visits. Visit internsdc.com to learn more.
AICGS is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer