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Oct 17 / BARD CEP

Ecology/Climate and Energy Intern- Washington DC

Organization: Heinrich Boll Foundation North America

Position Title: Ecology/Climate and Energy Intern

Location: Washington DC

Hours and Compensation: $400/month

Application Deadline: 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation North America welcomes student applications for internship opportunities in three program areas. The next available internship openings are:*

Foreign and Security Policy / Democracy (January 2014)

Application deadline September 8th//

Economic Governance: G20 / Climate Finance (February 2014)

Applications due September 29th

Ecology / Climate and Energy (March 2014)

Application deadline October 27th

*Start dates and application deadlines vary and are subject to change. Please check back for updates.


Organization Overview

The Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) is a non-profit organization striving to promote democracy, civil society, human rights, international understanding and a healthy environment internationally. We are affiliated with the German Green Party. Headquartered in Berlin, we have 29 offices worldwide. The HBF Washington, DC office was created in 1998 to support our international efforts.

The HBF offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students focusing on energy and environmental policies, international relations, development and related areas.


Interns are recruited year-round on a rolling basis for the Washington, DC office. The internship requires a full-time commitment (40 hours/week) for the period of at least 3 but no more than 6 months. Part-time internships are also possible for applicants from the DC metro area or part-time students. An intern’s duties generally consist of administrative work, program coordination, research, editing and writing. The HBF offers a small monthly stipend of USD 400.- for a full-time commitment (proportionally less for a part-time internship).

The intern will be considered to be a full member of the HBF team. Interns are encouraged to take advantage of both internal events and a wide variety of external political events and policy meetings in Washington, DC organized by Think Tanks, NGOs and government entities.

Please refer to our website to learn more about the work done in our different program areas.


Research assistance

  • working together with our program officers
  • researching current policy issues of relevance to the ongoing work of the Washington Office
  • collecting background information for events, visitor programs, conferences and workshops
  • monitoring and summarizing current developments in research areas relevant to the office’s work
  • editing and proof reading of publications
  • attending policy briefings, lectures and conferences
  • if you would like to and have the time, you may write a policy paper or article

Administrative duties and responsibilities

  • providing logistical support for the conceptualization, preparation and management of visitor programs, events, conferences and workshops
  • answering telephones
  • responding to information inquiries
  • updating and managing of the office database
  • follow up and event documentation


  • at least 2 years of college/university
  • proven excellent research, writing and editing skills
  • strong organizational and analytical skills with attention to detail
  • creative, pro-active, self-directed and responsible
  • a genuine interest in the values and mission of the Heinrich Boell Foundation
  • commitment to a full-time internship for 3 to 6 months
  • experience in the desired project area
  • proficiency of German and/or English
  • experience with MS Office 2007

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume along with a cover letter stating which program you are applying to and describing your motivation for interning with us. Send your application to Anna Fero either by e-mail at  (preferred method) or by fax at 202-462-5230 or by regular mail to:

Anna Fero Heinrich Boell Foundation 1432 K Street, NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005 USA

We also accept applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. Please indicate your program area of interest and your availability. You will be kept on file until the next opening becomes available. To accommodate the visa application process, we fill our internship positions a minimum of three months in advance of their start dates.

Other materials such as references, letters of recommendation, transcripts etc. may be requested later on and do not need to be included in your application. If you do not receive confirmation email within 2 business days of sending your application, please resubmit your cover letter and resume via e-mail or regular mail.

Application advice

  • please submit your application in English
  • please adhere to common application standards in the US, e.g., resume should be one page, maximum two pages if you are mid-career; cover letter no longer than one page with correct address and contact information; please do not submit pictures; please do not submit letters of reference unless requested; font of your application should be no smaller than 11pt; no formatting errors…
  • write a cover letter that is unique and specific to you and addresses why you would like to intern with the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America
  • be short and precise in both your cover letter and resume, avoid repetition and focus on the most important aspects
  • have someone proofread your application (please, no typos and grammatical errors)
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