Impact and Water Waste Research Internship in Germany

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Build valuable research skills whilst contributing to an often overlooked cause in the climate crisis.

During this internship you will investigate a choice of topics to help improve water resource management in the fashion and textile industry.

You’ll join a small nonprofit organization based in Berlin, Germany, operating at a global level to transform the textiles and fashion industries and protect our natural water resources from abuse and pollution. They address these issues at a number of levels, funding WASH projects in communities affected by water pollution from textile mills, and corporate campaigns helping fashion brands to reduce their water footprint.

As an intern, your work will revolve around gathering data and information on water waste in these industries and innovative solutions to reducing water footprint. You’ll have a broad range of topics to investigate and your research is used for potential projects as well as online campaigns and lobby work.

ORGANIZATION

This is a highly specialized organization dedicated to tackling the niche but pervasive issue of water waste in the textile industry. Based in Berlin, Germany, this is a multinational organization that operates in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Pakistan with plans to expand to more countries where the textiles and fashion industry is prevalent.

They operate on a number of levels, funding WASH campaigns for communities severely affected by water pollution, running educational awareness campaigns for relevant stakeholders in related industries, and conducting corporate projects where they help brands and textile mills reduce their water footprint by connecting them with innovative solutions. Their goal is to transform the industry and protect our natural water resources from abuse and pollution.

TASKS & REQUIreMENTS

Interns play a big part in a small team in this program. You’ll contribute to varied research projects on water waste issues in the textile industry and analyze environmental impact data. You’ll also play a role in the creation of impactful communication materials on the topic.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct comprehensive research on targeted topics surrounding water waste in the textile and fashion industries.
  • Analyze data related to environmental impact and water pollution.
  • Create engaging presentations to communicate research findings during workshops and meetings.
  • Work closely with the nonprofit team to align research and design efforts with organizational goals.
  • Ensure timely completion of research and design tasks.

Requirements

  • Academic background or prior experience in environmental sciences, water management, WASH engineering, political science, or related field
  • Excellent research skills
  • Strong written communication
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about water waste issues in the textile and fashion industries
  • International mindset and understanding of global issues
  • Capacity to work as part of a team and independently

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

The accommodation is not included with the fee, but depending on availability, we can assist with the option to stay in a student accommodation in the heart of Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. There are single, double, triple, and quad rooms, each with their own bathroom, fridge, and microwave. You’ll also have access to the campus’s shared kitchens and laundry rooms, along with a front desk for any assistance you may need. Rooms are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed until your internship dates have been confirmed, so send us a message to inquire about Berlin housing and fees well in advance to your desired start date.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Germany has low crime rates and a strong rule of law, ensuring personal safety.  Additionally, Germany’s healthcare and social systems offer a safety net for interns, providing access to healthcare and social services when needed, further enhancing the overall support system for interns pursuing nonprofit opportunities.

Communication

Communication

Your accommodation provides free Wifi access to stay in touch with family and friends during your stay. The mobile network in Germany is good and if you have a European sim card in your phone, you can use your data here at no extra cost.

Meals

Meals

Meals are not included in the fees. You can prepare your own meals in your accommodation or go out.

Location details

Location details

Berlin, a vibrant and iconic travel destination, marries rich history with avant-garde creativity. Gain hands-on experience while contributing to positive change in Germany’s cosmopolitan capital city. Berlin is an ever-evolving city of contrasts, offering a captivating blend of the past and the present.

DATES & RATES

Fee Breakdown

Start and end dates for the internship with this organization are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

Placement fee USD 600

Remote internship USD 525

Inclusions

  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship

Exclusions

  • Flights to Berlin
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Daily transport to the office
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
SCHOLARSHIP & FUNDING

FAQs

Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Germany.

What to expect from an internship in Germany?

An internship in Germany ensures a dynamic and fulfilling experience that integrates professional development with societal engagement. Anticipate active participation in impactful projects aligned with Germany’s commitment to social welfare, sustainability, and global cooperation. The nation’s efficient work culture, characterized by collaboration, will refine your skills and work ethic, serving as a strong foundation for your professional journey. Collaborating closely with a dedicated team, you’ll gain valuable insights into innovative approaches addressing pressing issues and contribute meaningfully to initiatives. Cultural immersion is a key aspect, as diverse cities provide a blend of rich history, tradition, and contemporary living. This opportunity facilitates networking with professionals in your field and offers a first hand experience of Germany’s dedication to social causes, ensuring that your internship is a comprehensive and rewarding journey fostering both personal and career growth.

Will my accommodation be arranged for the internship?

Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee housing. You’ll be responsible for your accommodation for the duration of your placement. We will happily provide suggestions and any advice we can to help you make these arrangements. Also, be sure to reach out to us to learn about availability at our affiliated student housing option in Berlin.

Are internships in Germany eligible for university credits?

The eligibility for university credits depends on your university’s policies. It’s crucial to verify with your academic supervisor or the internship office to determine the specific requirements and guidelines. Additionally, inquire about any necessary paperwork or reports that your university may require to formalize the credit transfer, or you can chat with us about the option of purchase transfer credits. Taking a proactive approach and maintaining transparent communication with your academic institution are crucial in ensuring a smooth process for earning university credits for your internship in Berlin.

Will I be paid during my internship?

Regrettably, stipends are not offered for internships in the nonprofit sector. Nevertheless, there are diverse avenues to finance your internship journey. Despite the absence of financial support and compensation, the wealth of knowledge and the myriad of opportunities for both professional and personal growth are immeasurable. When considering the pursuit of an unpaid internship, it is crucial to weigh the non-monetary benefits, including mentorship, skill development, and industry insights. These aspects represent valuable investments in your future.

QUICK FACTS

LOCATION: Berlin, Germany OR Remote
PROGRAM FOCUS: Environmental & Fashion NGO
TASK FOCUS: Research, Data Analysis, Reporting, Presentations
LENGTH: 8-12 Weeks
COST: USD 600 (in-person) / USD 525 (remote)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain international experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Develop strong research skills
  • Varied and versatile choice of research topics
  • Make an impact on an important cause
  • Live and work in Berlin
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HOW TO APPLY

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

APPLY

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.

GET STARTED

SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

PAYMENT

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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