CrossCulture Internships in Germany and Islamic Countries

Deadline: 29 January 2014
Open to: young professionals and volunteers from Germany, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Arabian Peninsula
Remuneration: monthly scholarship, visa, return flight, accommodation, insurance


With its CrossCulture Internships funding programme, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) is advocating intercultural exchange and the strengthening of networks between Germany and Islamic world as a partner of the German Federal Foreign Office.

The programme enables internships for young professionals and volunteers from the participating countries and from Germany. International experience is gained and intercultural competence developed through work stays in another culture. CrossCulture internships open up and strengthen the exchange between people, institutions and cultures and thus enable an enhanced partnership between Germany and Islamic countries. Regional particularities are taken into account through the subdivision into three regional modules:

  • Pakistan, Bangladesh
  • Central Asia
  • Other Islamic countries (particularly in the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula)

CrossCulture internships are offered in the following work areas:

  • Knowledge society & education
  • Legal dialogue, justice & human rights
  • International politics & civic education
  • Environment
  • Economy & development cooperation
  • Media
  • Culture & art

Internships last at least eight weeks and last up to a maximum of three months.


Target groups in the Islamic countries are young professionals and volunteers in various areas of civil society and multipliers in reform relevant organisations and media. In the regional modules Pakistan / Bangladesh and Central Asia, people engaged in the key areas of (social) political development will be specifically targeted.

For German candidates, the target groups are employees of the corresponding host organisations as well as young professionals and volunteers committed to fields of work in which intercultural experience is crucial.

The countries that take part in the programme are: Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Republic of the Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen.


CCP interns from abroad: receive a monthly scholarship of 550 Euro. In addition, the following costs are met by the project:

  • Visa
  • Return flight
  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation

German CrossCulture interns: The costs of visa fees and return flight are reimbursed. Ifa transfers a monthly scholarship of 1,100 Euro to the candidate’s bank account. The intern has to take care of accommodation and public transport costs in the CCP country. Health insurance for Germans abroad will be concluded by ifa staff for the duration of the CrossCulture Internship.


The application deadline is 29 January 2014 (date of receipt at ifa).

Applicants from abroad: The filled in and signed application forms (PART ONE and PART TWO) along with a portrait picture are to be submitted via e-mail to the German diplomatic mission of the applicant’s home country

Applicants from Germany: The filled in and signed application forms along with a portrait picture are to be submitted via e-mail to ifa in Stuttgart, Germany:

For more information please visit the official website HERE.

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