The GHI Internship Program gives German and American students of history, political science, and library studies an opportunity to gain experience at a scholarly research institute. Interns assist individual research projects, work for the library, take part in the preparation and hosting of conferences, and help with our publications. The program is very flexible: the GHI tries to accommodate the interns' interests, abilities, and goals. A two-month minimum stay is required; a three months stay is preferred. There is a rolling review of applications but slots for the 2016 calendar year are now all filled. Applicants interested in coming to Washington in 2017 are encouraged to submit their application by August 31, 2016. German students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the American visa requirements beforehand. The process to obtain visa has become complicated and expensive. Information is available at the website of the American Embassy in Berlin. The GHI cooperates with an organization authorized by the State Department to issue the relevant papers to obtain a visa. Applicants accepted into the internship program will receive further information on the procedure in their acceptance letters.
Applicants should hold a BA degree or equivalent qualification. Applications should contain a cover letter, a CV, a letter of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor, and copies of university degrees/transcripts. You can apply either in English or German. Please send applications electronically in one (1) PDF file via email to Melanie Smaney (
). The letter of recommendation should be sent directly by your academic advisor or professor. For further information please contact Melanie Smaney (
The interns receive a small stipend (€ 300) from the GHI. The GHI also covers the cost of applying for the J-1 visa. Interns can also apply for an additional grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For more information on the DAAD special program "Max Weber Stiftung", please contact Referat 514 (Internationaler Praktikantenaustauch), DAAD Bonn, Tel. +49 (0) 228 882 265, or visit their website under :