Internships for Roma Graduates

open_society_foundations_logoThe Roma Initiatives Office invites young Roma university graduates from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to apply for 12-month internships in institutions and organizations that work on European Union integration. These internships will provide learning opportunities and incentives to talented young Roma who in the near future will be able to contribute to more efficient and targeted policy design and implementation. Applicants should identify host organizations by themselves and negotiate the terms of their internships.

In addition to learning expectations, applicants should agree with the host organizations about their roles and tasks during the internship as well as about expected deliverables. Host organizations should provide interns with work and learning opportunities regarding EU enlargement. Host organizations can be public, private, or third-sector organizations—preference will be given to internships in public institutions. Candidates should commit to the internship on a full-time basis, Mondays through Fridays, starting from September 2015. Interns will be required to report on their learning experience according to guidelines provided by the Roma Initiatives Office. They also should be available to participate in training, conferences, and interviews to which they are invited by the Roma Initiatives Office.

Applicants must:

  • Be of Roma origin;
  • Be citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, or Serbia;
  • Have a university degree (BA or higher degree);
  • Be no older than 35 years of age;
  • Be willing to learn about EU integration and enlargement issues;
  • Have one to three years of experience working on Roma inclusion issues;
  • Have work experience in government institutions or Roma NGOs;
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English (knowledge of other languages in the region is an advantage);
  • Have the ability to complete tasks in timely fashion with minimal supervision, both as individuals and as members of a team.


The monthly stipend shall not exceed more than USD 600 for applicants from Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia and USD 500 for applicants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. The internship award will not cover mentorship costs incurred by the host organization.

Location: Institutions and organizations that work on European Union integration

Application deadline: 25 July 2015

Read more and apply here.

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