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MERICS is continually looking for committed and flexible team players to contribute as full-time interns (40 hours per week) to its research programs. 

Our interns apply and expand the skills acquired during their studies in a dynamic working environment, contributing to independent policy-oriented research on China.

Internships at MERICS have a duration of three months and are offered at four different times throughout the year, starting either in January, April, July or October. Interns receive a small remuneration.

MERICS offers the opportunity for interns:

  • to contribute to independent policy-oriented research on China
  • to be part of a dynamic and highly dedicated team
  • to apply and expand the skills you have acquired during your studies, by conducting research based on English and Chinese primary sources, performing data analysis and writing short reports, as well as assisting in preparing events and presentations

MERICS expects:

  • studies in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, or Area Studies with a relevant focus on Asia and/or China
  • good knowledge of the political and economic system of the People’s Republic of China
  • a very good command of written and spoken English and good Chinese language skills: working knowledge of German would be a bonus
  • attention to detail and high degree of reliability
  • proficient with Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

How to apply:

Your application should include a letter of motivation (one page) and your curriculum vitae. We do not need further documents.

Please send your application in one single PDF document to the head of the program you would like to contribute to. The deadline for applications is two months before the first day of the respective internship slot (January, April, July, October). Unless discussed otherwise, the internship starts on the first day of the month. Please clearly indicate the time slot you would like to be considered for in your email. 

Contact information for the respective heads of programs are as follows:

For Foreign Relations: Helena Legarda (
For Public Policy: Matthias Stepan (
For Economy: Max J. Zenglein (
For Society: Kristin Shi-Kupfer (

We are looking forward to your application!