Institut for Political Research
and Consulting

IFB offers internship opportunities to students and graduates in political science or the social sciences. The internship can be completed on a full or part-time basis as part of your course of study or as additional professional training.

1. Aims of the internship: 

The goal of an IFB internship is to give the intern the widest possible practical insight into the day-to-day work of the research professional by participating in all aspects of the institute’s work.

2. General requirements for an internship: 

  • very good knowledge of German
  • started or completed university studies in political or social sciences
  • at least 18 years of age
  • applicants should be very responsible and able to work independently
  • applicants who are not nationals of a member state of the European Union will also need a valid work permit

3. Classification of internships:

  • Required internships:
    these include internships required by the intern’s course of study or training programme. The placement and duration depend upon the requirements of the particular programme.
  • Voluntary internships:
    these are not a required component of a course of study or training programme. The duration of the internship is usually three months. A different period may be agreed upon individually.
  • Other internships:
    Other internships might be undertaken as part of obtaining a qualification.

4. Tasks/Duties 

The intern may be assigned to any and all areas within the Institute. This will include, in particular, participation in on-going or planned research projects. Other tasks may include preparation and assistance at events as well as organisational and administrative activities within the Institute. In addition, the intern might be asked to join in the institute’s training courses.
The final assignment will be tailored to the applicant’s needs and wishes.

5. Internship duration

An internship can be completed for a period of 8 weeks to a maximum of 3 months for voluntary internships and 6 months for required internships.

6. Compensation and insurance 

You will have to cover own your living and accommodation costs. IFB is, unfortunately, unable to provide any financial support.
Please check your health insurance cover with your insurance company before beginning the internship. The institute does not make any social insurance contributions on your behalf.

Download: "DER MINDESTLOHN FÜR STUDIERENDE FRAGEN & ANTWORTEN" brochure of the Ministry Federal of Labour and Social Affairs, Date: February 2018

7. Internship confirmation 

A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the internship. Interns will have to create an internship report that will be included in the training certificate. In most cases, the institute will not evaluate the intern’s work, but an evaluation can be created on request. However, the intern does not have a legal right to a formal reference letter from us. Interns must request the certificate at least 3 weeks before the end of the internship.

8. Application process 

To apply for an internship, please send the following application materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • cover letter (with an outline of your expertise and description of your internship interests, as well as an indication of the placement type sought and period for which the application is being submitted)
  • detailed CV (please specify language and computer skills)
  • reference letters (if any)
  • for mandatory placements, copy of the requirements from your course of study or training programme
  • and, a work permit, if required