As a trainee at AWI

Research at AWI on Sylt (Photo: Tina Wagner)

Would you like to get to know possible future occupational fields already during your studies or do you have a definite interest in a special research topic? Then there are numerous ways at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) to gain practical experience, get to know different research disciplines and to gain exciting insights into non-university research. Voluntary internships for students are generally possible in all research departments and logistical, technical and administrative sections.

There is no fixed contingent for internships at AWI. An employment depends on the capacity and projects in the respective research departments and will be individually coordinated by the supervisors. Basic laboratory practice or a bachelor's degree is generally required within experimental work groups. The specific conditions and options for an internship should be clarified beforehand.

For further information and contacts please follow the particular links.

Internship at AWI - how and where?

To obtain an internship at AWI, you should early inform yourself about the diverse topics and main research areas at our institute. Please directly get in touch with the respective scientists or contact persons in the departments and sections via email or phone to discuss possibilities, dates and duration of an internship.

Vacant internships are occasionally posted on our website (jobs).

Duration and compensation

A voluntary internship may not exceed a duration of three months and is generally remunarated with 300 EUR per month. In individual cases it may be possible to obtain a position as student assistant (HiWi) following an internship.

Due to legal regulations, an employment for students who complete a mandatory internship at AWI is only possible for the minimum period prescribed in the relevant study regulations. A direct extension of a mandatory internship is unfortunately not possible.


An application for an internship related to your studies should include the following documents / information:

  • Letter of motivation with statement on desired internship topics
  • Description of scientific areas of interest and previous major fields of study
  • CV
  • IT and/or laboratory skills (where appropriate)
  • Desired duration and possible period for the internship


Climate Sciences Department:
Dr. Gerit Birnbaum

Geosciences Department:
AWI Bremerhaven:
Info sheet (in German)
Dr. Rainer Gersonde
Dr. Frank Lamy
AWI Potsdam:
Direct contact by phone or e-mail with leading scientists in the respective sections or working groups

Biosciences Department:
Direct contact by phone or e-mail with leading scientists in the respective sections or working groups

General inquiries:
Secretariats of scientific departments or
Human Resources Department