Intern (m/f/d)

Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

The research center “International Development” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy is looking for an

Intern (m/f/d)


for our research projects “China in Africa” and the “Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains” at the earliest possible date. We are a young, dynamic, research-oriented team with a large international network, focusing on international development.

The intern will actively participate in the empirical research agenda on development in Africa and India. Mainly, the intern will be involved in two projects. In one project, we explore the role of corporate social responsibility investment for regional development. Processing large micro-level data on firms’ balance sheet and regional development data will constitute a large part of this project. In another project, we explore the role of Chinese immigrants in Africa through various data sources, the ability to obtain web-based social media data is key, as well as processing survey-based datasets.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Heidland’s team is looking for a student who:

  • Has knowledge of basic statistics and econometrics and the ability to apply it
  • Has profound programming skills in Stata, R or Python for data gathering, preparation and analysis (e.g. web scraping, exploration of survey and observational data, econometric analysis)
  • Is able to think analytically and apply economic reasoning
  • Is motivated and able to work independently, accurately and in a structured manner
  • Performs tasks responsible and reliable
  • Is interested in topics of development and international economics, mainly in the context of African economies as well as India

What we offer:

  • Participation in a broad set of research projects involving researchers from the Kiel Institute and its partner institutions
  • Insights into empirical work, state-of-the-art research, and policy work
  • An open and international work environment
  • Participation in the Kiel Institute’s seminars and, upon agreement, in courses of the Advanced Studies Program (ASP)
  • Collaboration on other projects of the research center upon agreement

Information on the application:

Please submit your application via the application form on our website using ID-No. „11_21_Intern_INDEV_01“.

Please include:

  • Cover letter (please explain your interest in the position, where you gained skills in the use of statistical software, and your preferred starting date)
  • CV
  • Your most recent university transcript in German or English
  • Reference letters, if available
  • One academic writing sample such as your Bachelor thesis or a seminar paper, if available

German language skills are not required.

Please note that you have to be enrolled as a student to be considered for this position.

In order to be eligible for this position you have to hold EU citizenship or need to be able to provide a work permit that is valid throughout the time of your contract. Please inform yourself about the work permit application procedure and eligibility before you apply to this internship position and be aware that the application procedure for a work permit might take up to three months.

The internship position is limited to a maximum of three months, unless it is a mandatory internship as part of your Master’s program. In the latter case up to six months are possible, please submit proof, e.g., the curriculum.

We can offer a remuneration of at least 600 € per month (gross). The exact amount will be based on the qualification of the successful candidate.

Please do not include a photo of yourself with your application.

Please do not hesitate to direct any questions regarding the position or the application process to Linda Maokomatanda (linda.maokomatanda(at)ifw-kiel.de) or Frauke Steglich (frauke.steglich(at)ifw-kiel.de).