We offer internships in all areas of the GFZ, which include research departments as well as administration. These internships in one of our 6 departments, the Data-, Information- and IT-Services division or Administration, will offer a first glimpse at research outside of university. You will find further information under the following links:
Work experience places for year 9s will be advertised here (under the drop down “Internship”).
Your application should include an informal covering letter, which has been written by yourself. The covering letter should explain exactly why you are interested in completing your work experience at the GFZ. In addition, please tell us your school year, the exact dates of when the work experience will take place and one Department or three to four Sections, one Technology Transfer Centre, IT, the library or two administrative areas in which you would like to carry out your work experience. Please attach your CV, a copy of your most recent school report/ grades and confirmation of your school if this is a mandatory work experience, to your covering letter. Going by the information you provide, we will then endeavor to find supervision for you. Please compile your application in one single PDF, which should not exceed three Megabyte.
When allocating work experience places, we take into consideration the quality of the application as well as availability of supervisors for the required subjects and during the required periods of time.
For dates between April 2019 – June 2019, the closing date for applications will be the 31.10.2018; Places will be allocated in December 2018.
For dates between October 2019 – January 2020, the closing date for applications will be the 31.05.2019; Places will be allocated at the beginning of July 2019.
Internships are meant for students who have a concrete interest in a specific area of research. To obtain an internship, it is therefore necessary to first find and then contact the relevant person who is working within this area of research directly. To find the correct contact for your area of interest, we recommend that you start by looking here. An application should consist of a covering letter, a CV and certificates or a list of grades respectively.
Work experience as well as mandatory internships of students are unpaid. Voluntary interns, who spend more than 4 weeks as students at the GFZ and do not live in Potsdam, Berlin or the surrounding area, will receive an allowance of 250 EUR per calendar month.