International Parliamentary Internship Program (IPP)

Via the German Consulate General Los Angeles:

We would like to inform you about the International Parliamentary Internship Program (IPP), organized by the German Bundestag:

This program is intended for college graduates with an interest in politics giving them the opportunity to learn about the parliamentary system of government in Germany.

At the beginning of the program, participants will get a general introduction to Berlin’s academic life and the German Bundestag. They will attend seminars familiarizing them with the political, economical and cultural aspects of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The highlight of the five month program will be an internship in the office of a Member of the German Bundestag. The intern will be given the opportunity to obtain firsthand knowledge about the inner workings of the German Bundestag and the handling of political topics. Working full-time, the intern will be engaged in a wide variety of tasks for the Member of Parliament, including writing advisory drafts, speeches, articles, letters, organizing meetings, as well as other general office work. A visit to the electoral district of the Member of Parliament is also scheduled. During the summer semester, the participants will be enrolled as students at the Humboldt University of Berlin

In order to be eligible to apply, the applicant must:
- be a citizen of the United States,
- have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree,
- have good knowledge of the German language,
- be under 30 years of age,
- have career goals in the civil or public service in the United States, which may include positions in media related fields, politics, organizations, universities, etc.

Participants will receive a monthly grant of 450,- Euros and free accommodation. The costs for health, accident, and liabilitiy insurance along with other administrative fees will be paid for by the German Bundestag. Travel expenses to and from Berlin will be reimbursed.

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place during Fall of 2006 in the United States.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2006.

For further information, including application forms and guidelines, please visit: http://www.bundestag.de/dialog/ipp/bewerbung.html

This is probably one of the best opportunities to experience Germany and get an insider’s view into our political system. Plus, Berlin is a great place these days.

Let me know if you’re the lucky one, and I’ll hook you up with the friendly Germans I happen to know in the German capital.

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