Gabriele Herbrig finished her studies in Heidelberg as a translator in 1980. From 1980 to 1983 she worked with several companies as a translator for French, English and Italian. She then moved to an Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Heidelberg. Her tasks included translations, the organization of scientific colloquia, press conferences and meetings in Germany and abroad, as well as the implementation and administration of outside-funded projects. She also coordinated the publication of the institute's annual report and the "Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie", an international philosophy journal co-edited by the institute's program director.
In August 2001, she joined the IZA staff as Assistant to the Director.