Internships

The GIGA IZ offers internships to students of library and information sciences, as well as to students enrolled in social science programmes with a regional focus, who are interested in gaining experience in a specialist library with integrated discipline-specific information.

Interns at the GIGA IZ will learn about our SydneyPLUS library management system as well as the key work processes in a specialist library, namely:

  • developing inventory (i.e. selecting and acquiring printed and electronic media)
  • cataloguing books, book and magazine essays, Internet publications (full texts), and other publications in the World Affairs Online database
  • indexing content with an international thesaurus
  • managing journals
  • supporting users
  • researching in the OPAC, the specialist database, and IREON
  • procuring and delivering documents (e.g. interlibrary loan)
  • creating and maintaining discipline-specific information guides (e.g. link collections for the virtual specialist libraries ilissAfrica and cibera)

Depending on the student’s area of interest and language skills, the internship can be located in one of the four regional sub-libraries (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Middle East). Alternatively, the internship can focus on a separate project, for example, in the fields of information technology development or library and information science. The GIGA IZ will work with the student to further develop ideas and support the intern in implementing them.

The minimum period of an internship is two months. Unfortunately, we cannot cover expenses or offer any other form of payment.

To apply, please send an informal email with a tabular CV and information about your current course of study, language skills, and areas of interest. Please also specify the time period during which you would like to undertake your internship with us (if possible, provide alternative dates).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Heike Watermülder or Urte Schneider (Email: iz@giga-hamburg.de | Tel.: +49 (0)40 – 428 25-598).

Information for Universities

We would be delighted if you would draw your students’ attention to the possibility of undertaking an internship at the GIGA IZ – for example, by posting our GIGA Information Centre internship flyer (pdf, 292 kb) around your institute. Should you require colour A4 or A5 copies of our flyer, we would be happy to send you some.

We are also keen to provide topics for practice-based theses or run work-based projects together with you. If you are interested, please contact Jan Lüth, Head of the GIGA Information Centre (Email: jan.lueth@giga-hamburg.de | Tel.: +49 (0)40 – 428 25-565)