Karriere und Praktikum

Internship Announcement: Fall 2021 Semester

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) is pleased to welcome an intern for the upcoming fall 2021 semester. We will accommodate the successful candidate’s academic schedule to build an internship program on a part-time basis for a total of ten to twelve weeks. This position will be paid $15 per hour. Depending on the nature of the District of Columbia’s reopening, the internship might be remote via MS Teams or based in RGIT’s office.

The intern will join a German American team that serves as the Washington, DC presence for the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). S/he will be responsible for supporting the RGIT team as we monitor US policy developments related to trade, energy and climate, digitalization, and other business-related issues that may arise.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Tracking US policy developments, legislation, regulations, executive actions, or other trends.
  • Synthesizing complex or technical topics and concisely explaining their significance.
  • Researching relevant topics as directed.
  • Attending and reporting on think-tank or other events of interest.
  • Assisting with event management and special projects.
  • Interacting with other members of RGIT, BDI, DIHK, and partner organizations.


  • Full professional fluency in English required. Intermediate or advanced German preferred.  
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the US political system.
  • Interest in US-German and broader transatlantic relations, especially economic and trade policy.
  • Strong research, analytic, organizational, time-management, and communication skills.
  • Flexibility to adapt to new topics and conditions as needed.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office suite and virtual platforms like Teams.


  • Current bachelor’s or graduate level student or recent graduate in a related field (e.g., trade, economics, business, finance, politics, international relations, law).
  • Must be a US citizen or possess a valid US work authorization. RGIT will not sponsor a visa.

Application procedure

Please submit the below documents in a single PDF file to careers@rgit-usa.com by June 20, 2021. Qualified candidates may be invited to a virtual interview during the week of June 21-25.

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how it would complement your studies and professional goals. Maximum one page.
  • CV or resume.
  • Brief writing sample in either English or German.