Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


The Simon Dubnow Institute (DI) is a research facility dealing with research on Jewish life worlds, principally in Central and Eastern Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. It represents this field of study in courses offered at the University of Leipzig and presents the findings of ongoing research in this area of investigation in various forms, both to the academic community and a more generally interested public.


The DI offers students in history, political science, literary studies and other fields in the humanities and social sciences the opportunity to become more familiar with the various spheres, activities and foci of inquiry in an university-based research facility. These include scholarly editing, assisting in the Institute’s library and in selected research projects and the administration. Among activities a trainee can be engaged in are literature research, assistance in organizing events, involvement in editing work, helping to assist guest scholars at the institute and other research tasks. The flexible structure of the internship makes it possible to individually accommodate wherever possible the interests, aims and areas of knowledge of the trainee. The average duration of an internship should be six to eight weeks.


The internship is without remuneration. The interns will receive a relevant reference letter on his/her work at the end of the internship.


  • Completed B.A. degree in a relevant field
  • Proven interest in this focus of research
  • Good communication skills and the capacity to function well in a team, along with a well-structured approach to work
  • Knowledge of a foreign language (esp. English) is desirable, as well as basic computer skills and experience in literature search


Application procedure:
Persons interested are encouraged to submit an application. Please include the following:  cover letter; brief statement of your motivation to participate in such a traineeship; curriculum vitae, outlining basic areas studied, relevant experiences and knowledge; copy of B.A. degree if available or an equivalent degree diploma; indication of your preferred time period for participating in such a traineeship. Please send your application with relevant supporting documentation, either by email or regular post, to:


Ms. Mandy Fitzpatrick

Simon-Dubnow-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur

Goldschmidtstr. 28

04103 Leipzig

Email: fitzpatrick(at)