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Bosnia-Herzegovina Internships

Program Highlights | Orientation | Accommodations | Academic Credit | Program Eligibility | Associated May Term Program | Financial Considerations | Application and Selection | Participation Requirements | Timeline

Program Highlights

Students selected for this program undertake an 8-week internship working with a non-governmental organization (NGO)*, business, or school in or near the cities of Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka. CSB/SJU interns have worked to stabilize endangered populations of animals, assist the vision-disabled, empower women and children through economic development, and fight the symptoms of poverty in this post-conflict society. These internships have not only provided the region with a source of economic relief, but have also shaped the way our students perceive themselves and the world around them - the Balkan region in particular.

The Citizen's Association Nesto Vise, founded by CSB/SJU alumni/ae from the region, provides on-site coordination.

Examples of past Final Internship Projects include:

Chendan Yan (Blagaj Eko Center):

Chendan Yan


Representatives of Nesto Vise, which has offices in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka, will coordinate a 3-day orientation at the beginning of the program and will be available to support students throughout their internships and in case of need or emergency.

The staff is extremely friendly, willing to help, and welcoming.

Rachel Mullin

Sanja picked us up from the airport. She greeted us with warm hugs and a large smile. I immediately felt welcome and even more excited.

Addison Magruder

2013 Summer Interns


Nesto Vise representatives or internship host-sites 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.

I am in love with Sarajevo and the warm, hospitable people that fill the city.

Addison Magruder

Academic Credit

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 to determine eligibility and obtain registration information. Please check with student accounts for information on the cost of summer internship credits.

Program Eligibility

The 2016 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 2016. 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. Led by Terry Johnson, associate professor in the Education Department, 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 Practicum interns who choose to participate in the May Term program will be eligible for a discounted program fee.

For more information visit our Short Term Programs Page or contact Professor Terry Johnson.

May Term Bosnia/Herzegovina

Financial Considerations

The estimated basic cost for participation in the 8-week internship program is $2700 - $3500. This estimate includes airfare ($1600-$1900); accommodations ($500-$1000); food ($500); local public transportation ($100). Living expenses in various locales may vary. Additional costs such as tuition credit, health insurance (required), phone costs, and optional travel within the country and region (historically very reasonable) are also the responsibility of the participant.

Application & Selection

Applications for the program are now open and can be accessed here. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contact afer the deadline of February 7, 2016.