European Council on Foreign Relations

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Gerhard Casper, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

About The European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin:

The European Council on Foreign Relations' (ECFR) Berlin office plays a central role in the organisation’s pan-European network. Operating in the heart of Berlin, and representing the largest EU member state, the Berlin office is an incubator of new ideas and a forum for debate between policy makers, thought leaders, and the wider public.

ECFR's work aims to strengthen the European perspective in Germany’s national political discourse on European foreign policy and international affairs. At the same time we offer our European audience continuous analysis on the latest policy developments in Germany as well as on the strategic trends that shape Germany’s role in Europe. Our goal is to explain Germany to Europe and Europe to Germany. Website:


The intern will support the Director and the Berlin office in their daily work. In addition, he/she will be give a specific project to be defined closer to the arrival date which will be related to European Foreign Policy, possibly on Germany’s role in the EU and/or security policy Specific tasks include:

  • Support of the Director in his daily work – preparation of talks, email communication, research tasks
  • Support of the Berlin office in its daily work, including event organization.
  • A project of his/her own, that will allow her/him to do some original research over a longer time period, possibly resulting in a publication.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate students. Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. 

Additional skills include:

  • Knowledge of and interest in European Foreign policy and an understanding of
  • European institutions and European policy
  • Interest in and expertise of any of the following areas desirable: internet/cyber/ connectivity/big data; (European) security
  • Good working knowledge of word, ppt etc.
  • Can synthesize large volumes of information quickly and find new and original ways of connecting the dots
  • Writes elegant and limpid prose
  • Out-going and professional
  • Able to cope with tight-deadlines and juggle multiple tasks
  • Takes initiative

Language Requirement:

German and other European language abilities would be preferable but are not required


The internship is located in Berlin, Germany.


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints.  FSI’s Global Policy Fellows are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer.  These stipends average $6,400 per student.  Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application.  If you have financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Gina Gonzales directly.


The application deadline is February 7, 2018. Candidates will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.