At the ECMI we consider it a very important part of our mission to offer young scholars an opportunity to experience international research and project work. Hosting interns is considered part of our educational work, and we strive to provide opportunities to expand their academic knowledge and to fine-tune their research skills. The ECMI Internship programme is designed for graduate and postgraduate students.

The ECMI has extensive cooperation with multiple partners across Europe and beyond. We constantly expand our circle of partners and extensively cooperate with established networks. At the local level, we work extensively with regional institutions and universities in the Danish-German border region. Including: Dialog Forum Norden; Europa-Universität Flensburg; FUEN; University of Southern Denmark; Den Slesvigske Samling (Schleswig Collection/ DSS); DCBIB (the Danish Central Library in Flensburg).  

Our working language is English. In addition to research and action projects, we also have an extensive publication portfolio, trainings and a summer school. Interns are included in all aspects of our work.  

What to expect

As an ECMI intern, you will:

  • Participate in research under the direction of a Senior Researcher/ Cluster Leader
  • Participate in action projects activities of the ongoing ECMI projects  
  • Collaborate with ECMI Junior Researchers  
  • You will be encouraged to work on your own research, in agreement with your ECMI supervisor and under their guidance.

Although every internship is unique, we try to ensure that they provide the above-listed common elements. A work plan setting out goals and objectives of your time at the ECMI is normally drafted at the beginning of the internship.

Internship Benefits

  • Gain valuable experience in a prestigious research institution
  • Explore a career path
  • Become more relevant in the academic and research job market
  • Network with professionals in the field of minorities research
  • Gain experience in a research working environment with participation in cross-country and cross-institutional initiatives
  • Build self-confidence through showcasing your work

The interns are invited for an excursion to visit minority institutions in the Schleswig-Holstein region and/or Denmark during their stay at ECMI.  


The internship positions are unpaid. The ECMI offers accommodation in an apartment supplied by the Flensburg Town Hall at a reduced cost (€80 per month). The offers are made on a case-by-case basis and only after acceptance to the internship programme.  

To request accommodation, please contact Maj-Britt R. Hansen at

For more detailed information about the Internship Programme or for an informal discussion please contact Senior Research Associate Dr Marika Djolai, coordinator of the Internship and Fellowship Programme at

Internship periods

Internship positions are normally full-time and last for three months. Internship dates:

January to March
Notification: by 31 October of the previous year


April to June
Notification: by 31 January


October to December
Notification: by 31 July


How to apply

Application should be submitted by email with the reference "Internship Programme Application" in the subject line.  

The application should include: One page research outline (title, research statement, research question and short overview), two referees, and unedited writing sample in English (an extract of maximum 5 pages from a research paper not edited by someone else), should be sent to: Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen

Please indicate your preferred internship period and the research area/ cluster you are interested in. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend phone/ Skype interview with their potential ECMI supervisor and the Director of Internships and Fellowships Programme. Please note that the selection is competitive and application itself does not guarantee an internship placement.

The applications for the Internship Programme are open all year around as well as through special announcements published on ECMI website for specific projects.  

Interested candidates are invited to specify in your application which Research area you wish to be considered for and which research cluster you would like to join. Each internship will be supervised by ECMI Senior Researcher/ Cluster Leader.

It is possible to negotiate other time periods upon request. Please specify this in your application.


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