Halle Foundation/AICGS Internships

The Halle Foundation/AICGS Internship Program offers paid internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Halle Foundation/AICGS internships provide a professional and educational experience in a not-for-profit think-tank that works to build a stronger German-American partnership.

Halle Foundation/AICGS internships aim to:

  1. Introduce interns to all aspects (administrative, programming, development, research) of an American nonprofit public policy institute.
  2. Provide opportunities for interns to carry out their own research projects and publish work on the Institute’s website.
  3. Involve interns in ongoing AICGS projects and events within the three program areas:  Geoeconomics, Foreign & Security Policy, and Society, Culture & Politics.
  4. Provide opportunities for participation in similar events in Washington, DC, organized by other policy institutions or think tanks.
  5.  Connect interns to an expanding network of transatlantic experts and practitioners.

Primary responsibilities of this position include (but are not limited to):

  • Research issues on transatlantic relations and, under the mentorship of a senior staff member, write an article for the AICGS website.
  • Conduct research for fellows and staff on a variety of topics within the three program areas.
  • Compile weekly briefs on transatlantic media, defense, and immigration.
  • Assist with the Institute’s social media presence and marketing strategy, including drafting social media posts, brainstorming outreach ideas, and posting to the AICGS website.
  • Identify potential partnerships between the Institute and private firms and grant-giving organizations.
  • Assist in logistical and programmatic support for upcoming meetings, events, and the Institute’s annual gala, at which it presents the Global Leadership Award.

Interns will be evaluated at the mid-point and at the end of their internship.


  • Undergraduate or graduate students interested in transatlantic relations and Europe/Germany. (Applicants should have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college coursework by the time they begin an internship.)
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Strong organizational skills, communication skills, and attention to detail
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office suite, social media, online research)
  • German language skills preferred but not required

AICGS and The Halle Foundation especially encourage applications from students at Georgia colleges and universities as well as students with ties to the state of Georgia.

Qualified foreign nationals who apply must be eligible to intern at a U.S. organization. Interns are expected to secure their own housing in Washington, DC.

Duration and Application Deadlines

Halle/AICGS interns are expected to work 28 hours per week during the following cycles:
Spring: January-May. Application deadline is October 1 
Summer: June-August. Application deadline is April 1
Fall: September-December. Application deadline is July 1 

Successful applicants are expected to intern at AICGS for the full semester (at least three months). Interns will receive a cost-of-living stipend ($1700/month).


To apply, send your resume, cover letter, two writing samples (in English, no more than four pages each), and one letter of recommendation via e-mail to:

Ms. Elizabeth Hotary
Program Officer, Foreign & Security Policy and Society, Culture & Politics

Letters of recommendation may be included with your application package or sent confidentially to Elizabeth Hotary by the recommender.


The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington, DC, is the only think tank focused exclusively on the most pressing issues at stake for Germany and the United States. Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the Institute possesses in-depth policy and academic expertise and an extensive network on both sides of the Atlantic. AICGS collaborates with policymakers, corporate leaders, and scholars to deliver in-depth, actionable analysis and fresh ideas that help anticipate trends, manage risk, and shape policy choices.


The mission of The Halle Foundation is to promote understanding, knowledge, and friendship between the people of Germany, as seen in its European context, and those of the United States. In furtherance of this mission, the Foundation supports, primarily through grantmaking initiatives, activities in the fields of education, culture, science, technology, language, scholarship, and international relations.

Testimonies from previous AICGS Interns

“My internship gave me chance to deepen my knowledge of the transatlantic relationship, meet policy experts, and get to know the think tank community in the U.S. capital. I was immediately integrated into the AICGS team and had the opportunity to contribute to its work on different levels: Researching and analyzing current topics, preparing and carrying out events, or developing and implementing a new social media strategy. I had a great time, gained new skills, and enhanced my competence and knowledge of international affairs.”
– Simon Schütz, AICGS Fall 2016 Intern

“My AICGS internship was a very rewarding experience for me, both professionally and personally. I had amazing opportunities to attend events all over DC about important societal, political, and economic issues and had the chance to personally get to know experts.  This is a great opportunity for anyone trying to build a professional network in the transatlantic community. My time at AICGS flew by, but I’m sure the skills I learned and the connections will continue to impact my future career path in a positive way.”
– Alina Tucker, AICGS Spring 2017 Intern

Funding for The Halle Foundation/AICGS Internship Program is made possible by a generous grant from The Halle Foundation. AICGS is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.