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Research Intern (m/f/div) for the project "Trade and the wealth of nations"

Job offer of March 13, 2023

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Research Intern (m/f/div) for the project "Trade and the wealth of nations"



Closing Date

31.03.2024 23:59

The department of “Macroeconomics” at DIW Berlin is looking for a Research Intern (m/f/div), full-time, for the project Trade and the wealth of nations: A micro view since 1870”, a joint project with Adrien Matray (Princeton University)  and  Chenzi Xu (Stanford University) starting at the earliest possible date. The research intern will actively participate in an ambitious empirical research project that studies the composition of bilateral trade flows over the last 150 years. We have a particular focus on understanding which products of trade were detrimental versus beneficial for countries economic development over the last 150 years and the impact of geo-economic conflicts on critical resources.

What we offer

  • Participation in an ambitious empirical research project
  • Profound knowledge of data processing procedures and state-of-the art research using Stata, Excel and other stat packages
  • An open and international work environment
  • Commensurate with experience

What we expect

  • We are looking for a student who

    • possesses a high GPA (2.5 or higher on the German scale or equivalent)
    • possesses profound programming skills in Stata (R or Python also possible), ideally exceeding knowledge gained in a university class
    • is able to think analytically
    • is motivated and does not hesitate to propose ideas to move the project forward
    • is experienced in working independently, accurately and in a structured manner
    • has an interest in working with data in Stata
    • performs tasks responsibly and reliably
    • has an interest in international finance, international macroeconomics, international trade, development economics or economic history

Information on the application

German language skills are not required.

Please submit your application via the application form on

  • using ID-No. P-01-23. Please include a Cover letter (please address all points mentioned under point 2 and explain where you gained skills in the use of the relevant software)
  • CV (including your current GPA)
  • Your most recent university transcript in German or English (transcripts in other languages will not be accepted. In case the grades shown do not align with the German system, please provide an official German equivalent showing e.g. A = 1.0-1.3)
  • Reference letter(s), if available

The internship position is limited to three months. Please take time to address all bullet points as only complete applications will be considered. Missing documents can be submitted to the Service Department Human Resources and Organisation at a later stage provided that the intention to do so is stated in the application.

Please note that you have to be enrolled as a student to be considered for this position. If you are in between programs or if you plan to complete your degree halfway through the contract, we cannot take your application into consideration. Please note that we can only consider applications received via our online tool.

In order to be eligible for this position you have to hold EU citizenship or need to be able to provide a work permit that is valid throughout the time of your contract. Please inform yourself about the work permit application procedure and eligibility before you apply to this internship position and be aware that the application procedure for a work permit might take up to three months.

We highly appreciate diversity and are thus pleased to receive any application - irrespective of gender, nationality, disability, or ethnic and social background.

Further information about DIW Berlin can be found on our homepage at For information on the field of work, please contact Dr. Josefin Meyer (

Josefin Meyer

Head of International Macroeconomics Research Group in the Macroeconomics Department

DIW Berlin

Founded in 1925, DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research) is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. The Institute analyzes the economic and social aspects of topical issues, formulating and disseminating policy advice based on its research findings. DIW Berlin is part of both the national and international scientific communities, provides research infrastructure to academics all over the world, and promotes the next generation of scientists. A member of the Leibniz Association, DIW Berlin is independent and primarily publicly funded.