Internships in German Bundestag

Deadline: 30 June 2011
Date: five months
Scholarship / Financial aid: 450 euros per month, free accommodation and insurance and travel expenses covered

The German Bundestag and the Humboldt University in Berlin offers  International Parliamentary Internships (IPS).
This gives well qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany’s system of parliamentary government.

The scheme involves fifteen-week placements with Members of the German Bundestag.  The German Bundestag, the German Parliament, offers young people the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical experience of parliamentary work. The participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. For example, they may find themselves drafting speeches, articles and letters or doing preparatory work for plenary sittings.
The IPS program is aimed at highly qualified young men and women who are interested in politics and who wish to play an active and responsible role in shaping the democratic future of their country. The scholarship-winners are chosen by the German Bundestag’s independent selection panel.

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Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • University degree
  • Very good knowledge of German (level B2)
  • Under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship
  • Career goal: to work in the public sector in the home country (media, political parties, associations, government service, etc.)
  • Living in one of the eligible countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbeidjan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary and USA.


  • 450 euros per month
  • Free accommodation
  • Insurance and travel expenses


The application procedure and deadline is different for each country. You can find your the specific information for your country here (in German).

Find more information on the official website and in the online brochure (.PDF) (in German).

4 thoughts on “Internships in German Bundestag

    1. For this specific internship post, only residents of the countries listed are eligible to apply.

      For scholarships, visit the Scholarship section of our web site, where you can find all the scholarships available at this period.

    1. Hi, Amra,

      I would encourage you to click around and read more.
      For example, if you click on Bosnia and Herzegovina (, it says:
      Sehr gute deutsche Sprachkenntnisse (entsprechend der Stufe B des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens für Sprachen) können nachgewiesen werden:
      – durch ein ofizielles Sprachzeugnis (z.B. TestDaF, ZOP, DSH oder-
      durch den IPS-Sprachnachweis
      – der Nachweis gilt ebenso als erbracht, wenn aus dem Lebenslauf die erforderlichen sehr guten deutschen Sprachkenntnisse eindeutig ersichtlich sind (z.B. Abitur in Deutschland, Germanistikstudium, Anstellung als Deutschlehrer)

      So yes, if you have a certificate of your German language skills and no, if you studied (at high school) or graduated from German language.



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