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December 05, 2012

Summer Internship: Doboj/Tuzla Summer Institute in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Deadline: December 31, 2012

Interns help manage and implement the Tuzla Summer Institute which takes place in a predominantly Bosniak city and the Doboj Summer Institute which takes place in a predominantly Serbian city. Both institutes teach practical skills that help prepare young people for their academic studies, their professional careers and their roles as citizens in a secular multiethnic and democratic society. During a highly demanding eight weeks, interns help interview, select, and teach over 200 young people. Skills taught include English, information technology, business skills and organizational development. In addition, interns participate in extra-curricular activities that bring people of different cultures together while visiting places of cultural and historical significance.

When is the internship?

Interns will arrive between May 28 and June 2. Through mutual agreement, the internship may start as late as June 11. The internship will end between July 30 and August 4. The actual dates of each intern's arrival and departure are determined through mutual agreement.

Where is the internship?

Interns live in the city of Tuzla in northeastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Tuzla Summer Institute takes place at the Behram-begova medresa. The intern's apartment is within walking distance of the medresa. During the Doboj Summer Institute, the interns will travel one hour each way to and from Doboj, a city 65 kilometers west of Tuzla. The Doboj Summer Institute takes place at the Doboj Center for Education and Culture and a local high school.

How much does it cost?

This is an unpaid internship. The intern is responsible for acquiring all necessary funding. Interns often receive grants from their universities or colleges of approximately $3,500 which is usually sufficient for all of the intern's summer expenses depending on international travel costs. Interns pay a fixed cost of $1,650 to BILD for which they receive their own apartment, a cell phone, all necessary local transportation, and 24/7 assistance from BILD staff as needed. Interns must have their own funding for all other expenses such as international travel, food, daily living expenses, etc. A budget of $7 per day for food is sufficient. Further details are provided during the application process.

How do I get there?

Interns are responsible for their international travel. When they arrive in Bosnia-Herzegovin, interns will be greeted by BILD staff who will drive them to their apartment in Tuzla. In order to be greeted such, the intern needs to arrive at a location within 3 hours drive from Tuzla which includes the two locations most often used by interns, the train station in Doboj and the airport in Sarajevo.

What qualifications are needed?

First and foremost, the intern must be respectful of people with very different cultural values. Interns do not teach values but rather practical skills while respecting the values of those who attend the summer institutes.
The intern needs to have a strong commitment and be highly motivated to help young people in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The intern must be willing to follow instructions and respect the boundaries set by BILD staff.
The intern's English language skills need to be exemplary, especially his or her spoken English (free of verbal clutter such as "like", "you know").
The intern needs to be a self-starter, able to identify what needs to be done without excessive supervision, and be adaptable to changing circumstances.
It is not necessary but if the intern has skills/experience in the following, it is a benefit: Microsoft Office applications, software programming, building websites, teaching experience, business skills, oral presentation skills.

How do I apply?

Send an email to Christopher Bragdon at intern@bildbosnia.org and express your desire to learn more about this internship. Mr. Bragdon will correspond with you to help determine if this internship would be appropriate for you. If so, Mr. Bragdon will invite you to send your resume and a cover letter. You will then be given a chance to speak with former interns to learn more about the experience. The final step is an in-person interview after which you will be promptly informed whether you have been accepted.

Internship website: http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/HgkP3J4S5dFP/
Institute website: http://www.bildbosnia.org/home.html

Message from a past intern:
Last summer, with support from the University, I completed a two-month summer internship in Bosnia-Herzegovina and had a very rewarding and meaningful experience. Since I have received emails of this nature in the past, I thought I would send along some information to disseminate, if possible. Graduate and undergraduate students (from CREES, II, etc.) interested in international education, community development, and post-conflict reconciliation might find this a very exciting opportunity. It is the only internship of its kind that I'm familiar with in Southeast Europe. As a senior graduating from REES with a focus on the Balkans, and as a former intern, I would be happy to be answer questions (kklaric@umich.edu) for those who express interest.

Posted by sarayu at December 5, 2012 02:33 PM