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Career-oriented internships are required in the curriculums of both the BA degree programs “Ancient American Studies and Ethnology” and “Latin and Ancient American Studies” as well as the MA degree programs “Anthropology of the Americas” and “Latin American Cultural Studies”. Internship duration depends on the respective degree program and the planned credit points of the internship module. After the recent changes to examination regulations, all internship modules are to be completed without an examination. This means internship final reports will not be graded.





  1. Internal and external internships
  2. Scope and planning
  3. Acceptance
  4. Looking for Internships
  5. Support


1. Internal and external internships

Internal Internship

The internal internship refers to internship offerings by the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas.

This includes:

  • Internships during the course of a semester in the Bonn Archaeological and Ethnographic Collection of the Americas (BASA). This option is offered every semester and counts as a library, publication, and museum internship. With the guidance of an instructor and an arrangement with the responsible research associate of the BASA, there is the possibility to independently work with and document a group of objects or to engage in something similar, such as working with an exhibition (exhibition conception, research, text production, or advertising). 
  • There is also the possibility to complete an internship during the course of a semester in the Ancient American Studies Library. This includes getting acquainted with and familiarizing oneself with the organization of a subject-specific/specialized library (book searches, recognition and implementation of organizational structures, communication with library users and the administration, etc.). 
  • Publication internships during the course of a semester can be completed with the society for Bonn Americanist Studies. Along with management tasks in clubs and societies, this internship may also involve the preparation of a publication.


External Internship

There are two types of external internships:

  • A research project integrated internship (mostly for MA students). Instructors and colleagues with their own archaeological, archival, or ethnographic projects regularly advertise internship positions. Current announcements for internships are hung in the vestibule of the library and can be found on the homepage of the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas.
  • An internship at a non-university institution, such as a foundation, governmental institution, non-governmental organization, society/club, etc. In this case, students search for an organization in Germany or abroad based on individual career interests and independently arrange an internship position. The initial ideas provided here are institutions in German-speaking countries. The student council also provides personal accounts of previously completed internships with different organizations. For initial contact with an organization, prepare an initial informal inquiry or a so-called “blind” or unsolicited application. In the case of a positive response, negotiation of the internship duration, tasks and goals are important.

IMPORTANT: External internships must be agreed upon with one’s advisor (professor, research associate) prior to sending an application. Only after the approval of the advisor may the internship be organized and registered in BASIS!

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2. Scope and Planning

Scope of internal and external internships

Internships for BA degrees encompass six credits (LP) and consist of:

  • The attendance at a series of career-oriented lectures (winter semester). This lecture series illustrates key qualifications of professional practice based on different occupations and career paths.
  • The actual internship (minimum of four weeks) includes the production of a five-page report (summary of internship goals, duration, realization, results and experiences).

Internal internships may be organized by the student so that its duration of four weeks runs parallel to the semester. In the case that an external internship is chosen, the concentrated work is to be completed in a single stretch (that is, it is more reasonable to carry it out over a month) in order to better acquaint one’s self with the institution.


Internships for MA degrees encompass five credits (LP) and consist of:

  • The attendance at a series of career-oriented lectures (winter semester). This lecture series illustrates key qualifications of professional practice based on different occupations and career paths.
  • The actual internship (minimum of four weeks) includes the production of a ten-page report (summary of internship goals, duration, realization, results and experiences).

With regard to external internship positions, the offering institution generally expects a markedly greater commitment (normally up to six weeks).

When is the best time for an internship?

Many students do not complete their internship until the end of their BA or MA studies. However, this is not an obligation. Since there are no prerequisites for the internship module, it may be wise to complete it in the first half of one’s studies in order to take advantage of any possible freedoms in the beginning of the studies. These career-oriented experiences made at the beginning help to achieve a more targeted direction of study in the subsequent elective courses. If the internship should lead to the MA thesis, it may be better to complete it at the end of the MA studies (3rd or 4th semester).


Steps for organizing an internship::

1. Selection of an internal or external internship

2. Arrangement for an internship, planning details:

  • Internal internship: agreement on the realization of the internship (duration, tasks, documentation) with the instructor or associate in the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas
  • External internship: choice of an advisor for the internship (professor and research associate of the department) and agreement on the realization of the internship (duration, tasks, documentation).

Only after the approval of the advisor::

3. Application for the internship with the provider and agreement on internship requirements (see: example of an internship contract).

Only after confirmation from the internship provider and during the semester in which the internship is to be carried out:

Registration of the internship in BASIS

  • Internal internship: Module “Libraries, Publications, and Museum Internship”
  • External internship: Module “External Internship or Internship B”

After the internship:

5. Composition of an internship report:

  • BA degree: five pages
  • MA degree: ten pages

Aspects to consider for the internship report:

  • Presentation of the institution/project where the internship was completed
  • Explanation of the reasoning behind the choice of internship
  • Description of the execution of the internship while contextualizing it with regard to subject’s content
  • Presentation of the objectives of the internship and their implementation (further qualification)
  • Description of the significance of the internship for the career path.

6. For approval of the internship, the internship report and certificate (with indication of the duration) must be submitted to the advisor.

IMPORTANT: an exam registration is not required here because the internship report is treated as a course achievement. After the submission of the internship certificate and the positive evaluation of the report by the advisor, the credits (LP) for the internship will be registered. With the cancelation of the internship exam, grading of the internship has also been removed..

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3. Acceptance

The internship must have been previously discussed and agreed upon with one’s advisor. Retroactive recognition of the internship is only possible in exceptional cases. Required documents for acceptance include:

  • Internship report (BA: five pages, MA: ten pages): In the report, briefly present the institution or project with which the internship was completed. Next, above all, describe your activities, specifically the tasks and their objectives, the results as well as your own findings (useful for further academic qualifications)
  • Confirmation of the internship: a copy of your internship certificate and the confirmation from the internship provider (with details of duration)

An exam registration is not required! The internship report is treated as a course achievement. Thus, grading of the internship does not apply..

If you have additional question regarding planning, registration or execution of the required internship with a non-university institution, please contact an instructor of the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas in their respective office hours.

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4. Looking for internships

Museums (selection)

  • Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
  • Museum König, Bonn
  • Museum der Deutschen Geschichte, Bonn
  • Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne
  • Hetjens-Museum, Deutsches Keramikmuseum Düsseldorf
  • Neanderthal-Museum, Erkrath
  • Freilichtmuseum Mechernich-Kommern, Landesverband Rheinland

The following institutions and organizations generally offer internships.

Federal Ministries in Bonn 

  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMELV)
  • Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
  • Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Federally owned institutions and corporations (selection) 

  • Federal Agency for Civic Education
  • The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
  • German Development Service
  • InWEnt
  • Reconstruction Credit Institute (Frankfurt)
  • Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs
  • Foundation for the House of the History of the Federal Republic of German

Organizations of the United Nation in the Bonn region

  • United Nations Volunteer Program (UNV)
  • Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS)
  • UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO/UNEVOC)
  • European Centre for Environment and Health (WHO/ECEH)
  • United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
  • International Strategy for Disaster Reduction: Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning (UN/ISDR-PPEW)
  • United Nations Regional Information Centre Liaison Office in Germany (UNRIC)
  • Consulting Unit of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation on Tourism and Biodiversity (UNWTO)
  • Secretariat of the German Commission for UNESCO
  • UNIFEM Germany
  • Delegation of the European Commission in Germany

Foundations and Research Institutes

  • Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation
  • Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
  • German Development Institute (DIE)
  • Friedrich-Ebert Foundation
  • Konrad-Adenauer Foundation
  • Development and Peace Foundation
  • Center for Development Research (ZEF)
  • Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI)

Non-governmental Organizations (Bonn and Berlin)

  • Agenda-transfer/Agency for Sustainability
  • Action Committee Service for Peace
  • Amnesty International Bonn
  • CARE International Deutschland
  • Experiment e.V.
  • International Youth Services
  • Network of the German Peace Movement
  • World Wind Energy Association
  • CAREA e.V. House of Democracy and Human Rights


  • Bonnaparte
  • CARE international German Press Office
  • Deutsche Welle
  • RADIO 96 ACHT Bonn


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5. Support


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