2017 CrossCulture Internships (CCP) Eastern Partnership and Russia
Deadline: 10 March 2017
Open to: applicants from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine ) and Russia
Benefits: a monthly grant of 550 Euro, travel costs to Germany and urban public transport, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation, travel and subsistence expenses
In 2009, Germany and its European partners together with the neighbouring states Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine initiated the Eastern Partnership. This initiative aims at the extension and development of political, economic and social relationships among the countries involved. With its well established CrossCulture Programme, the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) as a partner of the Federal Foreign Office has supported sociopolitical collaboration and networking between Germany and the six countries of the Eastern Partnership since 2015. Since 2016 onwards the programme is further extended and promotes the collaboration with the civil society in Russia.
The programme offers young professionals and volunteering individuals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and Germany the opportunity to gain professional experience abroad and to act as multipliers in their home countries. In addition to further professional development and specialist training, the programme participants also gain an insight into the social and political structures of the host country. They make important contacts which they can use when they return to their home country for future collaboration. Interns returning home can offer a valuable contribution to their respective organisations thanks to the international experience they have gained. This exchange thus sustainably strengthens the formation of networks between Germany and the partner countries and encourages cross-border dialogue and cooperation.
Requirements for taking part in the CrossCulture Programme include a good command of English and a permanent involvement in an organisation or institution in one’s own country. Knowledge of the German language is an additional qualification, not a requirement. Applicants should be aged between 23 to 45 years. Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection. Furthermore the applicants must be in good health. Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the internship.
The interns' travel and subsistence expenses are covered by programme funds. This includes a monthly grant of 550 Euro, travel costs to Germany and urban public transport, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation. The latter is either a private room in a shared flat (according to gender), a private room in a host family or a small furnished apartment. Accommodation includes costs for electricity, water and heating; whereas telephone and internet facilities are not included.
The CCP team at ifa in Stuttgart, Germany will screen all applications according to a set of criteria and may invite shortlisted applicants for a personal interview at the German Embassy or via phone/skype. The final selection of CrossCulture Programme participants is done in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.
The nomination of the participants will be announced by the end of April. Letters of refusal will be sent without further explanations. No one has a legal right to be selected for the CrossCulture Programme.
The filled in and signed application forms along with all required documents are to be submitted online via our application portal. Please add a letter of motivation, a recommendation by your home organisation, your CV and your portrait to the application. The application deadline is 10 March 2017.
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