Global Policy Forum

Internship: General Information

Print

Unfortunately, there are currently no internship positions available in New York.

GPF Europe usually has 1-2 intern positions. The next open positions will become available in Fall of 2014 (September). If you are interested in an internship during that period, please send your application to europe[ät]globalpolicy.org.

bonnpicture
Bonn

For details on how to apply, please refer to our application guidelines.

Global Policy Forum Europe welcomes applications for internships. We encourage qualified undergraduates to apply, as well as graduate students and those between degrees. We welcome students who have studied the United Nations and international organizations, but we consider specialized academic training less important than dedication, intelligence and enthusiasm for learning.




What We are Looking For

Most importantly, you should be interested in what we do and have a certain dedication to our aims. The minimum period for an internship with GPF Europe is 12 weeks.

GPF Europe is looking for applicants who are students of Political Science/International Law, Political Economy or International Public Policy Studies - but we strongly encourage applications from those outside those fields as well. We consider international experience and a progressive, egalitarian and global outlook more important than academic merits and value social commitment higher than university grades and credit points.

We look for those who are highly talented and able to do serious and critical thinking but who are also ready to do more ordinary tasks with a spirit of enthusiasm and cooperation. We also look for those who have shown the most active engagement on policy issues parallel to our interests.

Excellent English and German language skills are required – and you should be enrolled at an academic institution.

Intern Responsibilities

Depending on GPF's priorities and interns' capacities, interns are asked to participate in special thematic projects.

Currently, there are three issue areas:

  • International development policy/sustainable development
  • Corporate accountability and coporate influence on international processes
  • International tax policy/tax justice

Each intern specializes in one or more of these issue areas. Interns may also take up specialized topics such as MDGs, Global Taxes, Natural Resources & Conflict.

Interns are primarily (more than 80% of their time) engaged in preparing background information on international policy processes, participating in the preparation of workshops and conferences, writing articles and working papers, and contributing to the GPF Website.

Interns also devote some time to office tasks, such as preparing mailings, helping organize meetings, ordering supplies, or just keeping the printer stocked with paper.

Interns work in close cooperation with the director of GPF's European office and in collaboration with the GPF head office in New York, with other German and European NGOs and international NGO networks.

The European Office of GPF

GPF's European office is located in the centre of Bonn. We share our office space with several development consultants and journalists.

GPF Europe expects an intern to stay for at least three months. Those that stay for longer periods of time learn more and have a richer overall experience.

We estimate that monthly subsistence expenses (lodging, transport and food) in Bonn run about 700 Euro.

In general, GPF internships are unpaid. Some interns arrange for subsistence funding from their universities or from foundations.

We try to respond quickly to inquiries. If you do not receive a reply within two weeks, please feel free to follow-up. Those seriously interested can simply forward a full application (see application guidelines), but a preliminary inquiry may save preparation time, in case places are already taken, or your qualifications do not match our needs.

 

FAIR USE NOTICE: This page contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Global Policy Forum distributes this material without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 U.S.C ß 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.