The internship programme of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung’s (hbs) Ramallah office (Palestine/Jordan) welcomes interns who have a special interest in one or several hbs programme areas. The internship programme intends to provide an opportunity for students and young researchers to get hand-on practical experience in the field of international development work. Interns will learn about hbs activities, gain practical work and research experience, and/or make use of this opportunity for their degree dissertation. At the same time interns are expected to contribute to hbs activities with their knowledge and ideas.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Palestine is an interesting but also a challenging environment. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarise themselves with the challenges of an extended stay in such an environment prior to submitting an application. Applicants should highlight any previous experience in living in similarly challenging conditions.
Who would be the best candidate for an internship with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung?
Advanced students with a study focus and research interest in hbs programme areas are ideal candidates. This includes students of political, social and environmental sciences, economics, law, media, cultural, and area studies. Applicants are asked to propose a small research activity which they would like to pursue during their internship related to hbs’ programmatic focus areas. Our team will be happy to discuss proposed research ideas and projects and lend support through contacts and information once your application has been accepted.
What types of documentation and information should be included in an application?
The application should consist of the following documents:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
• Research Proposal (maximum 1 page, please download format here)
The cover letter should include summary background information on the applicant. More importantly, it must contain an explanation of the applicant’s motivation for an internship with hbs and (if applicable) highlight a proposal for a small research activity that the applicant aspires to undertake during the stay with hbs (see above). Please do not forget to specify the exact time of your availability.
The curriculum vitae should be updated and precise, providing an overview of the educational background, previous professional experience, social and political engagement, and publications on a maximum of two pages. Please make sure to send all your documents in English and that your resume is in accordance with common international non-discrimination standards and does not contain a photo.
What benefits do we offer?
hbs offers interns to be part of an exciting and challenging work environment, and provides an opportunity to build a network of contacts with activists, development workers, and artists in Palestine and Jordan. Interns will receive guidance and support during their research, and will be in a position to gain first-hand information on development, social, and political issues from the hbs team and our partner organisations. Unfortunately no travel expenses can be covered. We do not organise for the accommodation of interns, but we will assist interns throughout their search. In exceptional cases, research and conceptual work performed for the benefit of our programme may receive a modest remuneration.
When do you receive an answer?
Applications will be received all through the year. An acknowledgment of receiving the application will be emailed to the applicant and the application processed as soon as possible. Please note that our regular internship periods starting from 2018 are from February through April, May through July, August through October, and November through January of each year. The decision for each of the periods will be made ca. 5 months prior to the start date.
How to apply
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “application for internship”. Make sure to attach the cover letter, CV, and project proposal in PDF format. Applications are not support to be directed to or address any particular person at hbs, unless otherwise specified in separate calls for applications.
Where are we now
Short Listed interns applied for the period October - December 2017 will be contacted by 30th of April.
Next Internship is open for the period from February – April 2018 the deadline is 31st of August 2017.