EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long and we try to match the position with the student’s interests and experiences. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.
The German Bundestag suggests that you choose a two-month period between September and mid-December when the Bundestag is in session. Placements during the spring are rare, but sometimes possible from May 1st. Since the spring session ends in late June, placements typically end in early July for the summer break. The Bundestag is not in session in July and August.
Fellowships provide monthly stipends, housing referral assistance, and work authorization services. Candidates must be U.S. or Canadian citizens between 18 and 30 years of age, and pursuing undergraduate or graduate study at accredited U.S. or Canadian universities before, during, or after the program. Candidates must have German language skills (oral and written) and have a good command of professional vocabulary in their field. Further, candidates are expected to have at least two years of university-level study in a field related to international relations, public administration, political science, law, economics, European studies (with an emphasis on Germany, German, or German studies). Candidates should also have some relevant work experience to demonstrate adaptability to a professional environment and the ability to use theoretical skills in the workplace.