Internships at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

  • The GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) offers a limited number of students the opportunity to complete an internship during the semester or a semester break. Economic and social sciences, political science, and economic geography are the primary areas of study considered.

    An internship at the ILAS provides insights into the work of a regionally oriented research and information centre. Trainees will be involved in ongoing information and research projects, with the possibility of making an independent scientific contribution.


    • Completed or almost completed undergraduate studies

    • Good language skills in English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese

    • Interest in questions related to economic, social, and political development in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean

    • Knowledge of a Latin American country or subregion (e.g. through detailed research as part of a term paper or through impressions gained during study visits)

    • Interest in and knowledge of developmental issues

    • Statistical knowledge if possible

    The internship is unpaid. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide interns with any financial remuneration. Interns must finance themselves throughout their internships and are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. The duration of an internship should be at least two months and cannot exceed three months. A university enrolment certificate valid at the time of the internship is absolutely necessary.

    Written applications must be sent at least six months in advance of the start date and should include the following documents:

    • A letter of motivation stating with which ILAS researcher and in which research field – connected with the researcher – you wish to complete the internship (justification), as well as the desired dates (with alternatives if possible). Please note that associate researchers and doctoral researchers do not undertake internship supervision.

    • Tabular CV

    • Other supporting documents (certificates, etc.)

    Send your application to If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Stövesand: +49 (0) 40-428 25-561


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