Jobs & Internships

Internships at RWI

RWI offers internships to work with scientists on various projects in the different research divisions of the institute.

What can you expect?

You are directly involved in a scientific project and gain experiences in implementing a project “from scratch”. You will learn how to prepare data, carry out empirical analysis, and write scientific reports. Working with a friendly and competent team of experienced scientists, you will gain insights into economic consulting.

What we expect?

At least 4 semesters of study in the field of economics at a university; basic knowledge in the division’s field of research; interest in scientific work and in economic questions; experience with literature and internet research; good command of English; working knowledge of MS Office programs; Knowledge of econometrics would be advantageous.

Where will you work?

In Essen or Berlin.

What is the duration of the internship?

We offer internships for the duration of up to three months.

Will I get a payment?

You can either complete a full time internship (39.83 hours/week), for which you will receive an allowance of EUR 300.00 per month. Alternatively – you may complete a part-time internship (19 hours/week), which is compensated with EUR 150.00 per month. Please note, that during the academic terms, only part-time internships are offered.

How should I apply for an internship?

Please send the application form for an internship (rtf-file, dotx-file or pdf-file) together with curriculum vitae, university transcript, and other relevant background information to

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen, Germany


If you send your application by email, please try to copy all documents in one file. Please note that data sent by email will be not encrypted and therefore could be read and falsified by unauthorized persons. We also accept paper applications sent by post.

You are requested at least three months before you plan to start your internship at RWI. Please note that the internal review procedure will last up to 8 weeks, depending on the possible placements and the number of applicants.


RWI – Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research is an independent, non-profit research institution based in Germany. Through its research, RWI provides evidence-based policy advice to political and economic entities and fosters economic literacy among the wider public. The Climate Change in Developing Countries research group is part of the Environment and Resources department. The group conducts research and evaluation in developing countries and analyses the relationship between poverty reduction and access to modern energy and water, local environmental conditions, and microfinance. As a leading institution for evidence-based analysis of poverty and its drivers, the research group has conducted a wide range of development project evaluations worldwide – but primarily on the African continent - on behalf of the German International Cooperation GIZ, World Bank, UN and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The institute is offering a

Three-month research internship position with stay in Senegal

to support a research project of the Climate Change in Developing Countries research group. The research project is financed by the “Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung” and aims at understanding the charcoal supply chain in Senegal spanning the rural production sides to the urban vendors. Charcoal plays an important role in many developing countries since it constitutes a major cooking fuel for urban areas and at the same time an important income source for rural households. However, there is very little knowledge on the value chain of charcoal in terms of economic relevance and environmental consequences. The central task will be the supervision of the data collection along the entire charcoal value chain, from producers over transporters and traders to final vendors in Dakar.

The internship is expected to take place from the mid of October 2019 to mid of January 2020. During this time, the intern will have the opportunity to do field research in Senegal for four to six weeks. The data collection takes place in Dakar and involves regular travelling to and staying in rural areas. It is the task of the student to accompany the data collection that is jointly implemented with a Senegalese partner, ensure data quality, assist interviews and collect additional qualitative information. Before the stay in the field it is planned that the intern supports the preparation of the data collection in Essen. After the stay in the field it would be desirable to continue the internship in Essen to support the data analysis and the reporting.

Our team is looking for a student interested in empirical, quantitative research. In addition to interest in development policy, knowledge of empirical work (econometrics/ statistics and study design) is helpful. At a minimum, there should be an increased willingness to acquire them. Furthermore, good French and English skills are required. RWI will pay a monthly lump sum and all travel costs associated with the data collection in Senegal.  

Please direct questions or, if you are interested, a short letter of motivation as well as a CV and transcripts of record, by email until September 13th 2019 to

RWI – Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research
Julian Rose
Postfach 10 30 54, 45030 Essen,
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