Internships / Visiting Scholars


Our Brussels Office offers full-time students internships lasting 60 working days (12 weeks). Applications are sought in particular from students of law, economics and politics, including related social sciences (administration, in individual cases regional studies, ethnology, journalism). In general, starting dates for internships are January, April and September. The next opening for interns starts in September/October 2018. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2018.

Interns should meet the following conditions:

  • Very good English and German skills (good French desirable)

  • Competence using MS Word, MS Excel and the internet; experiences in regard to administrative tasks desirable

  • Applicants should have their own ideas and expectations about working within an office team and about the (scientific) content of the internship, documented in an exposé of no more than two pages.

  • Interest in research-based political consulting and communication

  • Students already studying for a master’s degree (also Hauptstudium in the German Magister/Staatsexamen/Diplom system), or

  • Holders of bachelor’s/master’s degrees who are enrolled on an additional bachelor’s or master’s degree course.

  • Please note: Holders of bachelor’s degrees who can demonstrate that they will be enrolled in a master's degree course during the upcoming internship can also apply.


Interns are paid EUR 300 per month. This applies both to master’s students on compulsory or voluntary placements and to doctoral students who are registered at a university. The internship must serve an educational purpose.

Please e-mail applications to brussels(at) The following documents must be included (please in one PDF file):

  • Short CV

  • Personal statement that includes your preferred starting and ending date for an internship

  • University certificates (copies)

  • Proof of student status (copy)

  • Citizens of non-EU countries: residence permit (copy)

  • If applicable, university certification of compulsory nature of placement (original)


Visiting Scholars

Our Brussels Office offers the opportunity to host visiting scholars for a period between three and six months. There is no scholarship offered but the working place in the office as well as our resources can be used freely.

The visiting scholar should meet the following conditions:

  • Provide own financial resources (e.g. a scholarship)

  • Provide an elaborated research project that is e.g. embedded within your PhD studies or another kind of research enterprise

  • In addition to that, the applicant should demonstrate how her/his topic is relevant to the research agenda of SWP

  • Proof of enrolment at a PhD degree course or engagement at a research institute, think tank, university etc.

Please e-mail your query to brussels(at) and please add your CV, a copy of your proof of your academic status (if appl.) and of your residence permit (if appl.) in one PDF file to your documents. Queries can be submitted throughout the year.

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