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Internship & Research Project

From Theory to Practice

A special feature of the Master's in Public Economics is the applied area where students are asked to put their knowledge acquired from lectures and seminars into practice. Since our program is research-oriented the internship or research project chosen by students should focus on the economic analysis of policy.

Depending on their interests, students can either complete an internship at an external institution or a research project at one of the School of Business and Economics' chairs.  

Internship

  • The internship must have a sufficient connection to your studies in Public Economics. The focus of the internship must therefore lie on the economic analysis of political issues.
  • The full scope of work of the internship must be at least 540 hours of work. The duration of a full-time internship with 40 hours per week is therefore approximately 13.5 weeks.
  • In general, only internships will be recognized by our master program, but not times of employment as working student or student assistant.
  • Also, only those internships will be recognized that have been done after completing your undergraduate studies or, ideally, during your masters' program.

Suitable internships can be found at, e.g.:

In general, we encourage you to complete the internship as a whole. However, since this is not always possible, several internships or a split internship will be recognized in justified cases. Yet, the amount of hours of work must still account for at least 540 hours of work (at least 320 hours of work according to the old study regulations). Please discuss this with the program coordinator or his team in due time.

Once you have received your internship certificate from your employer, you must present the original of that certificate to Ms. Cordula Arlinghaus (please leave your student ID number and your e-mail address in case of questions). You will be notified of the status of the recognition via e-mail. In case of a successful recognition of the internship, a letter of recognition will be forwarded to the examination office directly, without any further action on your part.

Research Project

  • The research project must have a sufficient connection to your studies in Public Economics. The focus of the research project must therefore lie on the economic analysis of political issues.

  • The full scope of work of the research project must be at least 540 hours of work (at least 320 hours of work according to the old study regulations). The duration of a full-time research project with 40 hours per week is therefore approximately 13.5 weeks.

Ideally, at the end of your research project you have contributed to the research of your supervising professor or even authored a small paper. Also, it is possible that the results of your research project may serve as preparatory work for your master thesis. Please discuss this possibility with your supervising professor at an early stage.

Generally, you can carry out your research project at any economic chair of the School of Business and Economics of the Freie Universität Berlin. Just confront the professor of your choice with the possibility of carrying out a research project. Certainly, it is recommendable to have visited a seminar of that certain professor beforehand.

Once you have completed your research project, please ask your supervising professor for a certificate that states the duration and the content of your research project and present the original to Ms. Cordula Arlinghaus (please leave your student ID number and your e-mail address in case of questions). You will be notified of the status of the recognition via e-mail. In case of a successful recognition of the research project, a letter of recognition will be forwarded to the examination office directly, without any further action on your part.

Please contact the program coordinators if you have any further questions regarding the internship or research project.