Internships at AICGS

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 works to build a smarter German-American partnership.

AICGS internships aim to:

  1. Introduce interns to all aspects (administrative, programming, development, research) of an American nonprofit public policy institute
  2. Provide opportunities for interns to carry out their own research projects and publish work on the Institute’s website
  3. Involve interns in ongoing AICGS projects and events of the three program areas:  Geoeconomics, Foreign & Domestic Policy, and Society, Culture & Politics
  4. Provide opportunities for participation in similar events in Washington, DC, organized by other policy institutions or think tanks.

Research Interns are given significant freedom to explore their own research interests and publish their work on the AICGS website. They support staff and fellows with their research projects and initiatives, provide event and program support (including background research,  event registration, logistics, and follow-up, and publications mailings), and inform staff of major news in German-American relations. Interns also learn how a nonprofit functions as a business entity and identify potential partnerships between the Institute and private firms, research changes in German-American business relationships, and support the organization of the Institute’s annual fundraising dinner, the Global Leadership Award Dinner (GLAD).

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 April 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) via e-mail to:

Ms. Elizabeth Caruth
Program Officer, Foreign & Security Policy and Society, Culture & Politics

Testimonies from previous AICGS Interns

“My internship gave me chance to deepen my knowledge of the transatlantic relationship, meet policy experts, and get to know the think tank community in the U.S. capital. I was immediately integrated into the AICGS team and had the opportunity to contribute to its work on different levels: Researching and analyzing current topics, preparing and carrying out events, or developing and implementing a new social media strategy. I had a great time, gained new skills, and enhanced my competence and knowledge of international affairs.”
– Simon Schütz, AICGS Fall 2016 Intern

“My AICGS internship was a very rewarding experience for me, both professionally and personally. I had amazing opportunities to attend events all over DC about important societal, political, and economic issues and had the chance to personally get to know experts.  This is a great opportunity for anyone trying to build a professional network in the transatlantic community. My time at AICGS flew by, but I’m sure the skills I learned and the connections will continue to impact my future career path in a positive way.”
– Alina Tucker, AICGS Spring 2017 Intern

Housing Option

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 to learn more.

AICGS is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer