Bertelsmann Foundation-Humanity in Action Fellowship




Location: Washington, DC
Start date:
 June or September (flexible)
Duration: Six months
Type: Part time (20 hours/week)
Compensation: Generous stipend
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as received)
Eligibility: Authorization to work in the United States (Humanity in Action cannot sponsor visas for this fellowship)

The Bertelsmann Foundation (North America), Inc., (BFNA) established in 2008, was created to promote and strengthen the transatlantic relationship. Through its research, debate forums and multimedia tools, the Foundation provides analysis and solutions to the most pressing economic, political and social challenges impacting the United States and Europe. As the analog era gives way to the digital revolution, the Foundation must also adapt to a changing environment. By looking at the Euro-Atlantic partnership through a digital lens, the Foundation will explore how technology is shaping the globe and will use innovative approaches to highlight developments in a rapidly evolving world.
The transatlantic relations division of the DC office is focused on policy projects in a wide range of economic, social and foreign challenges of common interest to both sides of the Atlantic. Projects will engage high-level policy makers, opinion leaders, emerging leaders, and innovative stakeholders to consider and develop policy recommendations on a wide range of global topics of interest to the US-European dialogue. Immediate topics of program activity include the, US-German relations, polarization, the geo-political potential of the transatlantic alliance, digital democracy and the future of work.

The Bertelsmann Foundation-Humanity in Action Fellow is expected to contribute to BFNA’s work in the realms of the US-European Dialogue. 

The BFNA-HIA Fellow will report to the BFNA Director for Transatlantic Relations while working in the following areas.


  • Researching and tracking current political and social development
  • Researching and tracking economic, social and foreign policy developments.
  • Event management, including preparation both of policy substance and organizational issues.
  • Liaising with US and EU government officials both in Washington and in key partner countries.
  • Working closely with the foreign embassy network and the policy think tank community in DC.
  • Contributing to substantial reports and publications.
  • the BFNA-HIA fellow will disseminate the results of their work through blog post and op-eds.
  • Assisting with program support for various discussions, conferences and workshops.



  • Humanity in Action Senior Fellow
  • BA in international relations, public policy, social sciences or related field (In-progress Master’s students are welcome to apply)
  • Experience working with foreign governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
  • Desire to work in a highly dynamic, start-up environment.
  • Willingness to perform administrative assistance, as needed.
  • Strong knowledge of any of the following topics is highly desired: trends in innovation, digital democracy, EU foreign and security policy, US foreign policy.
  • Knowledge of political and social trends in key countries in Europe and understanding of the EU and its institutions.
  • Ability to work as a self-starter, but capacity to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Willingness to be responsible for project oversight and follow-through with attention to detail.