Internships at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (hbs) Palestine & Jordan

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (hbs) Palestine & Jordan offers 3 months internships and welcomes applications from interested students and young researchers who have a special interest in the hbs’ programme areas (Democracy & Human Rights, Environmental Justice and Policy Analysis). The internship programme intends to provide an opportunity for students and young researchers to get hands-on practical experience in the field of international development & political work. Interns will learn about hbs’ activities, gain practical work and research experience. 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 familiarize 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 and research interest in the hbs’ programme areas and a regional focus on the Middle East are ideal candidates. This includes students of political, social and environmental sciences, economics, law, media, cultural, and regional studies. Applicants should be proficient in English and German, Arabic is a strong asset.

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)

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. Please, do not forget to specify the exact time of your availability.

The curriculum vitae should be precise and up-to-date, 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, representatives of the civil society, development workers, and artists in Palestine and Jordan. Interns will be in a position to gain first-hand information on development, social, and political issues from the hbs team and our partner organizations.

Unfortunately, no travel expenses can be covered. We do not provide for the accommodation of interns, but we will assist interns in their search and preparation.

When do you receive an answer?

Applications are welcome throughout the year. An acknowledgment of having received the application will be emailed to the applicant. Please, note that our regular internship periods in 2020 will be from January through MarchApril through JuneJuly through September, and October through December. The decision for each of the periods will be made approx. 3 months prior to the start date.

How to apply?

Send an email to with the subject “application for an internship”. Make sure to attach the cover letter and CV in PDF format. Applications are not supposed to be directed to or addressed to any particular person at hbs, unless otherwise specified in separate calls for applications.

Next Internship is open for the period from January - March 2020; the deadline for applications is 30 September 2019.