Internship at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs


  • The GIGA Institute of African Affairs (IAA) offers internships to students in their master’s studies who are excited about our research. Interns at GIGA will receive comprehensive insights into the daily work of their supervising researchers and research projects. Interns are invited to all events of the IAA as well as many additional seminars, talks and courses taking place at the GIGA. Internships are supposed to be a learning experience. Therefore, based on their skills and interests, interns can contribute to ongoing project work or propose an original research contribution.

    Requirements and general conditions

    • Candidates must be enrolled in a master’s program at an EU-university (preferably in social sciences, economics, African studies or a related field).

    • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is a requirement, other language skills, such as German or languages spoken in Africa, are an asset.

    • Former internships or work experience are not a requirement.

    • The duration of an internship can range between a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months.

    • The internship is unpaid.

    • Part-time internships can be discussed on individual basis with the intern’s direct supervisor. Candidates, who rely on a part-time job or have child care responsibilities are thus equally encouraged to apply for an internship. The maximum length of three months, however, remains.

    • Due to the pandemic, we currently only offer remote internships.

    Application procedure

    The application documents should be written in English and include a cover letter, a tabular CV (without photo), an academic transcript, and optionally references from relevant prior work experience.

    In your cover letter you should clearly articulate in which research projects and with which researchers you would prefer working during your internship period. Being able to show how your interests (for instance, stays abroad, extracurricular activities, classes taken, career ambitions) and skills (for instance of language, coding or literature) correspond to specific IAA projects is key to evaluating your application. We value enthusiasm and a pro-active attitude, so, use the cover letter to show your excitement about our research and state your motivation for the internship clearly.

    Information on IAA projects and researchers are available on the website. Note that associated scientists do not provide internship supervision. Please, also mention your desired time period.

    Please send all application documents in one PDF file to: internship-iaa@giga-hamburg.de.

    For any questions regarding the application process feel free to contact Daniela Wald via internship-iaa@giga-hamburg.de.

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