Bosnia-Herzegovina Non-Profit Internships
The 2013 Summer Global Internship Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina involves an 8-week internship working with a non-governmental organization (NGO)*. Internship sites in the cities of Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka will be determined by the local program coordinator, The Citizen's Association of Nesto Vise, in consultation with The Center for Global Education. Past internship sites have included organizations that work with children in war-torn areas, vision-disabled persons, in health care facilities, and more. For more information, including power point presentations about individual internships, see the Global Internship Ambassadors page.
Representatives of Nesto Vise, which has offices in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka, will coordinate a 3-day orientation in Sarajevo at the beginning of the program and will be available to support students throughout their internships and in case of need or emergency.
Nesto Vise representatives will assist program participants in obtaining accommodation for the period of their internship in private apartments or in homestays. Participants are responsible for the cost of their housing and food.
Participants are encouraged to use their internship to fulfill the experiential learning requirement of the core curriculum, or to earn independent learning program credit. Check with your major department and/or the Internship Office (http://www.csbsju.edu/Internship-Program/Students/Registering-For-Internship-Credit.htm.) to determine eligibility and obtain registration information. Check with student accounts for information on the cost of summer internship credits.
The 2013 Summer Global Internship Program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing. Preference will be given to those who will be returning to campus as full-time students in Fall 2013. Successful candidates will have at minimum a basic knowledge of the country's history and current socio-economic environment. Note on Language: There is no language requirement for this program English is spoken in a number of settings. However the level of English knowledge may vary. Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian (or B/C/S) are the official languages in the country and participants are encouraged to learn some basic phrases in advance of their programs.
Associated May Term Program
An optional May Term program in Bosnia and Herzegovina will take place immediately prior to the start of Summer Global Internship Program from May 13-31, 2013. Led by Peggy Retka, Director of the Office for Education Abroad, this is a unique opportunity for travel as well as a cultural and historical introduction to the region that will help participants prepare for their internship experience. Academic credit will be available for this program. Summer Global Pacticum interns who choose to participate in the May Term program will be eligible for a discounted program fee. For more information visit: http://www.csbsju.edu/OEA/Programs/Short-Term.htm or contact OEA Director Peggy Retka .
Financial Considerations - The basic cost for participation in the 8-week internship program is approximately $2600 minus any fellowship awarded (see below). This estimate includes airfare ($1600); accommodations ($450); food ($450); local public transportation ($100). Living expenses in the two locales may vary slightly. Additional costs such as tuition credit, health insurance (required), phone costs, and optional travel within the country are also the responsibility of the participant.
Program Fellowships: The Center for Global Education supports the Global Internship Program with fellowships that partially cover the cost of participation. Amounts are determined by the Center for Global Education; past awards have ranged from $500-$1500. Fellowship recipients are required to prepare two reports, a short video or slideshow presentation about their program and to act as a "Global Internship Ambassador" the year following their Fellowship at campus events and meetings that promote the program.
Application & Selection Information - Applications will available starting on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2013, at 4:30pm. Required application forms and materials for the 2013 Summer Global Internship application:
- Global Internship Application Form
- Personal Statement (750 words maximum). There is space on the application form to insert your statement.
- Resume: sent as a link or attachment to Dianne Johnstone, CGE Office Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note the subject as "2013 Global Internship Resume."
- 3 letters of reference. At least 2 of these references should be faculty members at CSB/SJU and 1 should be from your major department. There is space on the application form to list your references. Each reference should be sent a Letter of Reference form, which should be completed and submitted by the deadline date (January 18): Academic reference form Non-Academic reference form
On the basis of the above application materials, selected candidates will be invited to the second-stage interview, conducted by a committee of CSB/SJU Global Center staff and CSB/SJU faculty in early February. Program acceptance and fellowship notification will be sent by email on or before February 23, 2013. The Citizen's Association of Nesto Vise. Nesto Vise will determine internship placements for program participants, in consultation with the Center for Global Education. Reasonable effort will be made to match student interests and background to available sites.
Requirements of Candidates Selected for Program Participation
- Passport: Program participants must hold or obtain by March 15, 2013 a passport valid through Dec. 31, 2013.
- Health and Emergency Contact Form (completed).
- Short-Term, Off-Campus Program Waiver and Release Form (signed).
- ISIC insurance card through the Office of Education Abroad ($25 for basic coverage).
- Participation in pre-departure orientation workshop in mid-April and required and completion of related readings and materials.
2013 Summer Global Internship Program Timeline
|January 18||Application deadline|
|February||Second-round interviews scheduled & Acceptance Notification
|March||Internship placements finalized
||Orientation workshop for all Summer 2013 Global Internship participants
||Optional May term program in Bosnia & Herzegovina
|Week of June 2
||3-day orientation in Sarajevo for all interns. Internships begin
|Week of July 29||Internships end|
For further information and details, please contact Paula Ramaley, Global Programs Manager, in the Center for Global Education's Office of Global Programs.
* A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a non-profit, voluntary citizens' group that is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions. Some bring citizen concerns to governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health. Others provide analysis and expertise, or serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements.
Disclaimer: Program and other information and estimates included here is provided in good faith and according to most current knowledge/information. CSB/SJU is not responsible for any changes that may result from currency exchange fluctuation, unforeseen changes in international travel costs, etc. Exact orientation and internship program dates will be available in March-April.