2024 Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington Foreign Policy and Democracy Internship (Paid)

Deadline: January 10, 2024.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington, DC is looking for a Foreign Policy and Democracy Intern for the spring of 2024. The Democracy & Foreign Policy intern will work with supervisors from our Transatlantic Democracy and Foreign and Security Policy programs.

The Transatlantic Democracy program brings together US and German policymakers, activists, experts, civil society organizations and community leaders to explore issues that challenge our democracies. The program’s current activities focus on civil rights, domestic policy issues, democratic resilience as well as reconciliation with the past.

The Foreign and Security Policy program addresses issues of global peace & security, democracy, and human rights from a global perspective. Currently, many activities focus on the transatlantic relationship, the war in Ukraine, and the future of the multilateral order. Typical program formats for both programs include panel discussions, publications of policy briefs and articles, study tours, and delegation visits.

This internship is best suited for students with a background in international relations, public policy, history, or German and European politics. Applicants should have a good grasp of the American and German political landscape and an interest in pressing policy challenges for both program areas. They are especially interested in applicants who want to contribute to our global dialog formats (public events, workshops, study tours etc.) and want to pursue their own research and analysis on issues that are relevant for our program areas.


Basic Requirements

  • experience in at least one of our program areas
  • a genuine interest in the values and mission of the foundation
  • competent command of English (German is not a requirement)
  • a full-time commitment of 40 hours per week for 3 to 6 months (part-time only on a case-by-case basis)
  • at least 2 years of university-level experience 
  • currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program OR recent (< 1 year) Bachelor’s degree recipients


  • a monthly stipend of $700 for full-time positions and proportionally less for part-time
  • 5 paid vacation days per 3 month period for full-time internships
  • most of the costs associated with a visa application can be covered by the foundation

NOTE: Washington, DC is an expensive city. They encourage serious applicants to apply for external funding and scholarships if necessary.  

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