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On this page we would like to draw your attention to the various internships that you can do at the DKKV office as well as with our institutional members.


Internship at the DKKV

The German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) offers internships of at least 8 weeks and practical semesters within existing capacities. The internship should be mandatory within your studies.


Possible tasks could be:

  • Support of the executive committee and coordination of the administrative office in conducting the association's business (incl. financial management, administration of files)
  • Organisation and support of meetings and events
  • Support with research and editing of publications (newsletter, policy briefs)
  • Communication with the association members
  • Maintenance of the Internet presence, the e-mail distribution list and the Twitter account

Requirement profile:

  • First completed scientific university degree (B.A.) in a field relevant to disaster risk management is desired
  • Secure handling of common office programs
  • Knowledge of Typo-3 required
  • Good written and spoken English and German language skills, communicative competence, friendly appearance
  • Independent and structured way of working as well as interest in inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation are desired.

The internship is only possible if you are currently enrolled, are in further education, of which the completion of the internship is an integral part, or if you completed your studies at the beginning of the internship no longer than 6 months ago. There is an expense allowance for the internship.

If you are interested, please send us your complete application documents, stating your earliest possible starting date, to the address below:

Dr. Benni Thiebes
Phone: +49 (0)228 26 199 570
Mobil: +49 (0)163 21 85 415

Internships can only be offered with a minimum duration of 8 weeks. Ideally, an internship goes beyond that. 

Currently, all internship positions are taken and unfortunately we can only offer free internships from February 2023 at the earliest.

Internship at our Institutional Members

On this page we would like to draw your attention to the various internships that you can do at our institutional members.

Internship at the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK)

Students have the opportunity to complete an internship or practical semester at the BBK. The aim is to deepen theoretical knowledge with the help of practical experience. Preference is given to courses of study with a clear reference to civil protection. Further information on internships can be found here.


About the BBK:

The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) is the central organisational element for the civil security of the population in the Federal Republic of Germany. As a specialist authority of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the BBK advises and supports other federal and state authorities in fulfilling their tasks in all areas of civil security precautions such as emergency preparedness or self-help. The BBK has developed methods for risk analysis in civil protection which can be applied at all administrative levels. Within the scope of its early warning responsibilities, the BBK operates, among other things, the WarnApp NINA, which can be used to receive civil protection warnings for different danger situations. The Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Protection (AKNZ), the central training and further training institution of the Federal Government in civil protection, is also subordinate to the BBK. Furthermore, the National Contact Point of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is located at the BBK.

Internship at the Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk (THW)

In addition to internships for school pupils, THW also offers internships for students for six weeks to a maximum of six months. These students can complete an internship in the THW management (Bonn), a THW regional association or a THW regional office. There is also the possibility to do an internship for the preparation of bachelor, master or diploma theses.  It is important to note that an internship is required by the study or examination regulations. You can find further information here.


About the THW:

The German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is the voluntary operational organisation of the Federal Government. Originally founded for civil defence, i.e. the protection of the population in the event of war, it now has a more comprehensive range of tasks laid down in the THW Act. The THW provides technical assistance under the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Act. With its expert knowledge and diverse experience, the THW supports fire brigades, police, aid organisations and others in Germany. On behalf of the Federal Government, it provides technical and logistical assistance abroad, among other things within the framework of the European Union's civil protection mechanism and on behalf of UN organisations.

Internship at the Deutscher Wetterdienst

The DWD offers students of different fields of study the opportunity to complete compulsory internships.  The locations depend on your major field of study and the respective desired business area.
It is also possible to complete the internship part-time. You can find futher information here.


About the DWD:

The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) is the national weather service of the Federal Republic of Germany. The tasks of the DWD are laid down in detail in the DWD Act. They include the provision of meteorological and climatological services, the meteorological protection of aviation and shipping, transport routes and important infrastructure, as well as the recording, assessment and monitoring of physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, also with regard to radioactive trace substances. Furthermore, its tasks include weather and climate forecasting as well as warning of weather-related hazards, monitoring the climate in Germany, assessing climate change, advising on climate adaptation and operating the national climate archive.

Internship at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammnearbeit GmbH (GIZ)

GIZ offers the opportunity to complete an internship at the various locations or regional offices in Germany or abroad. The aim of the internship is to get to know the work of GIZ and development cooperation at home or abroad (better). The focus of the work can vary depending on the location and specialist area.

Current announcements for internships

About the GIZ:

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) is a German federal enterprise in the field of development cooperation. GIZ offers its clients functional, sustainable and effective solutions for political, economic and social change processes. Its main client is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, GIZ also works for other federal ministries and for public and private clients in Germany and abroad. On behalf of the BMZ, GIZ has been active for years with disaster prevention and post-disaster rehabilitation measures (i.e. management and reconstruction with the aim of preventing future disasters) in various countries of the global South. As part of the Global Initiative Disaster Risk Management, GIZ supported networks of multiple actors to address specific challenges in the areas of civil protection and disaster management, critical infrastructure protection and the (further) development and expansion of early warning systems, and to contribute to the implementation of the Sendai Framework Convention on Disaster Risk Reduction and regional action plans.

Internship at Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ)

The GFZ also offers the opportunity to do an internship. The focus of the work can vary depending on the location and the main topic. The different internship possibilities are published on the GFZ homepage.

About the GFZ:

The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) is Germany's national centre for the study of the solid Earth. The GFZ develops a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to counteract global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on System Earth. The GFZ played a leading role in the development of a tsunami early warning system for the Indian Ocean in response to the devastating tsunami catastrophe in the Indian Ocean at the end of 2004, which was set up in Indonesia and handed over to the country in 2011.

Internship at German Red Cross (DRK)

The DRK is always looking for students who would like to do an internship. Placement periods and locations vary according to the requirements. Current applications are posted on the DRK job exchange.

About the DRK:

The German Red Cross (DRK) is part of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and the national society in the Federal Republic of Germany. The DRK has extensive expertise in acute emergency and disaster relief, reconstruction and humanitarian development cooperation. Its work focuses on the creation of shelter and social infrastructure, disaster preparedness, health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and the improvement of livelihoods. With the so-called forecast-based financing, the Red Cross has established a financing mechanism through which, based on detailed forecasts and risk analyses, financial resources are made available in advance of extreme weather events in order to minimise the effects of disasters.

Internship at Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

The DRL offers various internships for students. In addition, there is the possibility for students to participate in student laboratories or student programs. On the job portal you will find current job offers.


About DLR:

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the Federal Republic of Germany's research centre for aerospace. DLR conducts both basic and applied research in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitisation and security. In security research, research and development activities with defence and security-related relevance are planned and controlled in coordination with partners in politics, science and industry. The focus is on multi- and interdisciplinary projects that link DLR's research areas. Within the framework of these projects, DLR contributes to the development, testing and evaluation of technologies as well as to the assessment and consulting of security-relevant applications with the goal of supporting and protecting people. DLR is involved in the European Earth observation programme Copernicus, which supports disaster and crisis management by providing satellite-based information, such as emergency mapping for disaster management and humanitarian missions.

Internship at Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)

Pupils or students have the opportunity at the UFZ to orientate themselves professionally. Internships are possible in the fields of research, administration and service. The duration and the organisation of the time is individually arranged in consultation with the interested parties. You find futher information here.


About the UFZ:

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) investigates the complex interactions between man and nature under the influence of global change. The aim of the research is to show ways of reconciling a healthy environment with social development. In close cooperation with decision-makers and representatives of civil society, UFZ scientists develop system solutions to better manage complex environmental systems and overcome environmental problems.

Internship at Stadtentwässerungsbetrieben Köln, AöR, (StEB)

Stadtentwässerungsbetriebe Köln offers pupils and students the opportunity to complete internships for career orientation. Bachelor's or Master's theses can also be written in cooperation with the StEB.
You find further information here.


About the StEB:

Stadtentwässerungsbetriebe Köln, AöR, (StEB) is a municipal enterprise of the City of Cologne. Its core tasks include all water management tasks: from wastewater disposal, flood protection and flood prevention to water maintenance and watercourse development. StEB has developed flood hazard maps for the City of Cologne, which show the areas at risk from flooding, ground flooding and heavy rainfall.

Internship at Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Students and trainees have the opportunity to complete an internship at the Federal Environment Agency. Internships are offered in a wide variety of UBA work areas, including scientific departments, administration, press and environmental information. Possibilities depend on your major fields of study and the projects and capacities of the Federal Environment Agency. Please apply at least four months before the desired start of your internship. Further information here.


About KomPass and the UBA:

The Competence Center Climate Impacts and Adaptation (KomPass) of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is the national contact for climate impacts and adaptation and has set itself the task of promoting adaptation to climate change in Germany and Europe. The main tasks of KomPass include further developing the German Adaptation Strategy (DAS) and promoting its implementation. The DAS progress report (2015) sets out concrete steps and measures for this purpose. For these activities KomPass pools and communicates expertise on climate impacts and possible adaptation measures. Target groups are public authorities, scientists, industry and environmental associations and citizens.

Internship at the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS)

Interested parties can also do an internship at UNU-EHS and UNU-ViE. The aim is for students to put into practice what they have learned during their internship and to develop new skills and knowledge. There is a thematic focus on practical training, consulting, networking and multicultural cooperation. The vacancies will be published on the homepage.


About UNU-EHS:

The Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations University (UNU-EHS), deals with risk and vulnerability aspects of human security and the consequences of complex natural hazards and global change. UNU-EHS research aims to improve the understanding of cause-and-effect relationships in order to find ways to reduce vulnerability for sustainable development. Research areas are climate adaptation, in particular insurance-based approaches, migration and social vulnerability caused by environmental change, as well as ecosystem services and deteriorating environmental conditions. Other key areas are models and tools to reduce vulnerability and risks related to natural hazards with a focus on urban areas and urban-rural interfaces.