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Internship at the QoG Institute

The Quality of Government Institute hosts an internship program aimed at students enrolled in a master’s program. Calls for internship placements are posted on this page.

Call for Spring 2023

We are now looking for 2-4 interns for Spring 2023 for a period of 10 or 20 weeks.

An internship at the Quality of Government Institute provides an excellent opportunity for the student to experience academic work on a day-to-day basis and in an international environment.

During the internship, the student will have the opportunity to work with different research projects and with various researchers and to participate in seminars and other events organized by the QoG Institute as well as the Department of Political Science.  An internship at the QoG Institute provides relevant experience particularly for students interested in an academic career.

Internship tasks will vary in terms of current project’s needs but every internship will give the student possibility to:

  • experience the day-to-day work at the Institute
  • participate in seminars and other events organized by the institute and at the department of Political Science
  • assist with data collection, research summaries, literature reviews
  • assist with administrative tasks

We accept students currently enrolled in a master’s program. We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven interns who are interested in Quality of Government as a research area. Knowledge of statistical programs is an asset. The working language is English. The internship is unpaid but students will receive academic credits.


To apply for our internship program, please send your CV, a cover letter, and a writing sample, to

Please remember to mention if you are interested in a 10 or 20 week internship.

Final application date is October 15th.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email.

Please note that all decisions are made at the discretion of the program coordinator and are final. As this is an unpaid internship, final decisions cannot be appealed.



Inken Schütt, intern at the QoG Institute, Spring 2022

In the spring of 2022, I had the chance to do a 5-months internship at the Quality of Government institute. Through the professors of my master’s program, I became interested in the institute and the possibility of doing an internship there. Especially the prospect of using my knowledge in working with data was a motivating thought when applying for the internship.

Coming into the internship, my supervisor, responsible for me during the internship, welcomed me on my first day. This person showed me around the institute, introducing me to several researchers and then discussing my expectations and possible requirements of my internship, as well as presenting me with a set of different tasks from which I could then pick. I could always contact my supervisor when I needed a new assignment or if I just wanted to give an update on my time as an intern. During the internship, I then worked on various tasks with different researchers, ranging from literature research to applying my knowledge on working with and handling data and coding. This scope of the assignments made this internship so unique, as it gave an excellent overview of how the academic world works and what a potential PhD can look like.

Moreover, not only the work itself but also the working environment was highly encouraging. As an intern, I was always motivated and encouraged to participate in various events organised by the QoG institute, such as seminars and discussions. This allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and listen to lectures and discussions on various topics in the political science field. But it also led me to connect and network with other scholars, get to know PhD students, talk about their experiences, and discuss topics and thoughts with researchers and professors. These encounters were always highly encouraging and constructive, challenging my views and opinions to grow and develop academically.

What started as a regular student internship quickly became a nutritious experience which motivated me to further read into the possibility of going into academic research and applying for a PhD position after graduation.

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Ilya Lavrov, intern at the QoG Institute, Spring 2022

My name is Ilya Lavrov, I am a Master’s student of the Erasmus Mundus TISE programme and I was a summer intern at the Quality of Government Institute. I have a background in Political Science and I have always been interested in how political institutions of high quality are designed and what factors impact government effectiveness. Besides, I am keen on an academic career and would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science, so this internship was a prime opportunity for me to take a look at how research institutes operate on the inside and gain practical experience in such an organisation.

During the internship, I was a member of the Data team. I have worked on modifying and improving the QoG Compilation Datasets. I have also updated the QoG data finder by adding more variables to it, proofreading, and adjusting variable definitions. Furthermore, I have helped several QoG professors with data collection. Overall, I had a great experience working with massive QoG datasets and I am glad that I was able to contribute to the QoG Data.

A large part of my internship was also educational. My mentor Natalia Alvarado Pachon taught me how to produce insightful and appealing visualisations in R and then I applied the acquired skills to make a series of tweets about E-governance around the world which was published on the QoG Twitter. Not only did I work with the dataset and create the plots and maps but I also created a content plan, conducted a literature review on the topic, and analysed various case studies. Overall, it was a valuable experience for me, during which I learned how to pitch my ideas and attract the readers’ attention with a limited amount of words, allowed by the platform.

All in all, I had a very positive experience during the internship. I expanded my knowledge on the impact of the quality of government on various policy areas. Moreover, I improved my quantitative research skills, related to managing, processing, analysing, and visualising data. The atmosphere in the team was always very supportive and I could freely choose which tasks to complete, based on my research interests. I am grateful to the entire QoG team and would love to collaborate with many of them in the future!


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Palina Kolvani, intern at the QoG Institute, Autumn 2019

I did my internship at the Quality of Government Institute (QoG) in the second year of the Master’s programme in Political Science In Autumn 2019. Having taken the QoG course in the spring, I applied for the internship to improve my knowledge of QoG as a research area. I also knew that I would like to pursue a PhD after graduating, so an internship at QoG was an excellent opportunity to gain experience in an academic environment.

Thanks to my time at QoG, I realized that I find academic work really rewarding and would like to pursue an academic career after I finish my studies.

During my three months at QoG, I worked with several researchers on various tasks ranging from literature reviews to data collection and analyses. I also assisted with the annual update of the QoG dataset and improved my skills in using statistical software. As a part of my internship, I attended many events at the department, including biweekly QoG lunch seminars, which was a great opportunity to learn about ongoing research from scholars both from and outside the university, as well as practitioners. I found the working environment at QoG very collaborative and supportive where the interns’ assistance is really appreciated. The institute also organizes a QoG breakfast every Monday morning which is a great opportunity to learn more about the ongoing projects at the institute.

Thanks to my time at QoG, I realized that I find academic work really rewarding and would like to pursue an academic career after I finish my studies. The internship at QoG is well-suited for students who want to apply their skills and knowledge in practice and get a change to work with the leading scholars in the field.

Palina Kolvani, intern at the QoG institute Autumn 2019
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