Research Opportunities

Summer 2022 Internships

ZOiS Internship in Berlin, Germany

The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin can offer generously funded research internships over the summer. Thanks to the internship, students can be involved in one of the capital’s most dynamic research institutes on Central and Eastern Europe and acquire a deeper understanding of the political and public dynamics in Germany. The institute undertakes fundamental research and also plays an active part in the political and public discourse on Germany.

The intern will be part of one of the institute’s main research clusters (Youth in Eastern Europe, Societies between Stability and Change, Conflict Dynamics and Border Regions, Migration and Diversity, and the Political Economy of Eastern Europe). Therein, the person will contribute to one specific research project and will have the opportunity to pursue work on an independent research paper in consultation with the supervisor. The academic leader of the chosen research cluster is also going to act as the personal supervisor of the intern.

The tasks of the intern may include, but are not limited to

  • Assistance in research projects: literature research, data analysis, visualisation and presentation of data (using R) and research findings, and support in conceiving new projects
  • Background research for project- and event-related publications or lectures by ZOiS staff or for media requests

The precise content of the internship is going to be agreed on between the academic mentor and the intern.

Excellent Microsoft Office skills are required; knowledge of a statistical programming language such as R is an advantage but no requirement. Knowledge of Russian or another East European language is desirable. Knowledge of German helpful but not required.

Administrative staff at ZOiS can point to relevant sources of information for finding housing in Berlin.

Application deadline is February 11, 2022. You must be a Government concentrator to apply for this internship. Please apply through CARAT


Government Department Chair's Traveling Fund for Brazil

Application Date: February 13, 2022

The Department of Government at Harvard University and the Brazil Studies Program & Office of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies are partnering to offer an enriching internship experience in Brazil during summer 2022. Two highly qualified Government concentrators will receive a full stipend to take up one of the specified internship opportunities, while also being welcome to participate in cultural immersive activities led by DRCLAS Brazil. This eight-week internship opportunity takes advantage of our strong network of relationships, local presence, and years of on-the-ground experience.

Internships will take place with leading Brazilian organizations, in which the student will be able to develop their experience working in fields relevant for their Government concentration. The Harvard-DRCLAS Brazil Office, located in Sao Paulo, will provide pre-travel orientation, on-the-ground logistical support - connecting students to Host Organizations and helping them organize their stay, while also offering optional cultural immersive activities.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person nature of this offering is subject to change in accordance with updates to Harvard travel policies as well as local conditions in Brazil. You must be a Government concentrator to apply for this internship.

For more information, please access the DRCLAS website Fund description.