Internship Program

Internship at FES New York

Located within walking distance from the UN headquarters, FES New York is ideally situated in the midst of all the relevant actors from missions, the UN secretariat, and academic research institutions. Students of all nationalities specializing in international affairs, development and economic policy who want to take advantage of this challenging exposure are invited to apply for an internship at the FES New York office.

FES New York offers internships for a duration of three months, starting in early January, mid-April and in the beginning of September. At first, interns and the FES office will agree on a work plan, which will entail four different sets of activities:

  • Organizing conferences, meetings, or other special activities of the FES New York office;
  • Assisting the office staff in performing the day-to-day business (phone calls, handling mail, and errands);
  • Maintaining the public outreach of FES New York via its website, e-mail, news briefs, and social media;
  • Conducting background research and attending meetings in support of the work of FES New York.

Candidates must have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree by the beginning of the internship. They should have a demonstrated interest in social and political issues and knowledge of web design and social media skills. The working language in the office and at the UN is English. Interested applicants should therefore submit in English:

  • A cover letter specifying why they are interested in volunteering for FES New York;
  • A resume;
  • A list of electronic outreach skills and examples, i.e. any relevant experience with social media campaigns, web design, video editing, podcasts, etc.;
  • A short essay (no longer than one page) in English, in which applicants explain where they see the strengths or the weaknesses of the UN as a global institution compared with other multilateral bodies.

Prospective interns are requested to make their own arrangements for travel, visa, health insurance and housing. German candidates are requested to apply for a J-1 visa through GIZ.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applications and further inquiries should be directed to:

Volker Lehmann, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York


New York Office

747 Third Avenue, Suite 34D
New York, NY 10017

+1 (212) 687-0208


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