The Hinckley Institute has partnered with the University of Kiel to provide multiple internship options for students. These host offices include the Office of the Minister President of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Ministry of Justice, the International Department of the City of Kiel, and the Institute for Security Policy/Political Science. The City of Kiel’s Office for International Relations works to extend its international municipal network, as well as foster ties with its current partners in Turkey, France, England, Estonia, and Finland. It has received several awards for its successful work in developing partnerships. More information about Kiel’s international activities can be found at 



Interns will work in the Office of the Minister President in the State Chancellery of the State of Schelswig-Holstein. They will be expected to take initiative in doing research, writing reports, carrying out administrative duties, and event planning. Some background knowledge of the political system in Germany is preferred. 



German is required.


Dorm housing available at Kiel University. 


  • Academic Fee - $300
  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Housing and Living Expenses


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.