EU Integration Internships for Roma Graduates

Deadline: 25 July 2015
Open to: young Roma university graduates from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
Remuneration: monthly stipend of USD 500 – 600


The 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.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 25 July 2015. Applicants should submit the following documents in English (as .doc or .pdf attachments) to Shejla Fidani, program coordinator, at

  • Motivation/cover letter: letter should describe the applicant’s interest in this program and the specific learning objectives for work in the host organization, the applicant’s skills and qualifications, and the added value the applicant will contribute to both the hosting and sponsoring organizations;
  • Curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Two letters of recommendation (from previous employers, educational institutions, recognized public authorities or individuals, etc.)
  • Letter of agreement from the host organization, signed by the appointed mentor or supervisor, including a brief learning plan and the expected results from the internship;
  • Personal action plan.

The Roma Initiatives Office will interview all shortlisted candidates by phone or Skype. All candidates interviewed will be notified about the results of the selection process.

For more information please follow the official website and read the full guidelines.

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