Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

About Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Through civic education activities in Germany and in over 120 countries we want to make a contribution to get closer to a world of peace, freedom and justice. The promotion of democracy, the intensification of the transatlantic relationship and development cooperation are our mayor goals. As a think tank and advisory agency we elaborate profound analysis to guide political action.
The KAS New York office opened its doors in 2016 as part of the foundation´s Multinational Development Dialogue program. The office serves as a liaison between KAS offices with their experts and local partners and the United Nations. Although the New York office focuses on the world organization as a whole, these four topics are at the center of the foundation´s work in New York:

Foreign- and Security Policy, conflict management
Development policy
Policy on climate change and energy security
Rule of law

The KAS New York office regularly hosts dialog programs with experts from the KAS offices all over the world, including talks, discussions, workshops and conferences to enhance the exchange of ideas between the foundation´s network of partners and experts and different UN bodies, but also with national and international think tanks, NPOs and universities in New York. In addition, these programs provide discussions on most relevant topics to an interested audience in New York.

Furthermore, we also elaborate position papers and analysis about the work of the UN to provide our field offices and partners and the interested general public with first-hand information about the world organisation.


Project and Research Intern

July 2019 - August 2019 Washington, DC
“I liked the freedom I had to have my own research project and the ability to get feedback from peers and colleagues. I got to experience the organization's role in Washington, DC and how various stakeholders cooperate and communicate. Work hours were flexible, I was able to attend most career and government-related events around the city, and the work environment was very friendly.”


June 2018 - August 2018 New York City, NY
“I was able to experience first hand the work an NGO does and improve my German. I was able to experience what it is like to work in an international office where the primary language used is something other then english. I was also able to befriend/work with other interns around my age that came from different parts of the European Union. ”
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