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Internship: General Information


Unfortunately, there are currently no internship positions available in New York. But we are working on this.

GPF Europe currently has one full-time internship position for a duration of three months. Next starting dates will be in April 2021. If you are interested in an internship, please send your application to europe[ät]


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. Please note that due to legislation in Germany, we are able to consider applications from persons who will be students at the time of internship only. 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 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 have to 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/2030 Agenda and its implementation
  • Financing for development/international tax policy/tax justice
  • Corporate accountability and coporate influence on international processes

The very clear focus of internships currently is the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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, or ordering supplies.

The main purpose of the internship is training. We do not consider interns to be underpaid substitutes for permanent employees.

Interns work in close cooperation with the director of GPF's European office and in collaboration with the GPF 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.

We estimate that monthly subsistence expenses (lodging, food and transport) in Bonn run about 750 EUR or more.

In general, GPF internships are not unpaid. As a rule, interns receive a moderate compensation, depending on our projects (currently around 450 EUR per month).

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.


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