Research Internship – Rule of Law in the EU

Research Internship

Duration: three months, starting 1 March 2020, or as soon as possible, with the possibility of extension.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, and non-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is recruiting an intern for its Berlin headquarters to support the implementation of the re:constitution programme, which deals with the rule of law in EU Member States. The successful candidate will work on research, writing and supporting project implementation under supervision of the Programme Manager or her assigned representative and in close collaboration with the programme team.

Your tasks:


  • Track current developments on the rule of law in the EU;
  • Keep abreast of latest research and events on the topic;
  • Draft articles, reports and other output for a broad public;
  • Contribute to drafting academic output: articles, book chapters;
  • Contribute to the development of a map of the state of judiciary in the EU.

Project administration:

  • Assist in organising events in Berlin, Brussels and other locations;
  • Identify speakers, experts and stakeholders;
  • Support project communication, notably with the project partner and donor;
  • Other relevant duties as required.

Qualifications required:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in law, political sciences or related fields;
  • Interest in the rule of law, constitutional law, EU law and related fields;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Knowledge of other EU languages is a distinct asset;
  • Good communication skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team;
  • Proficiency in key computer applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Student/PhD candidate status; must be enrolled in university throughout the duration of the internship;
  • Working permit for Germany (if you are a foreign student).

The internship is full time, preferably starting 1 March 2020 for a duration of three months with a possibility for extension.

A monthly internship allowance of 400 € will be provided, unless you already receive funding from any other source, such as from Erasmus.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Moreover, DRI offers you an internship with flexible working hours and working in a multicultural team in the heart of Berlin.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) and one writing sample (published or submitted: article, blog post, op-ed, thesis chapter, etc.) related to the internship’s focus areas to [email protected]. Please include “Research Intern 2020 [your name]” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (CEST) on 9 February 2020. The position may be filled before the deadline. Early applications are encouraged. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

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