15.01.2013

CrossCultures Internship programme between Germany and Islamic countries

The CrossCulture internships give young people from Germany and Islamic countries the opportunity to gain diverse experience abroad in the context of their working environment and to act as multipliers in their home countries. In addition to further professional development and specialist training, the programme participants also gain an insight into the social and political structures of the host country and become acquainted with cultural characteristics and behavioural patterns through integration into working and everyday life. They make important contacts which they can use when they return to their home country for future collaboration. Interns returning home can offer a valuable contribution to their respective organisations thanks to the experience they have gained abroad. This intercultural exchange thus sustainably strengthens the formation of networks between Germany and the Islamic countries and encourages cross-border dialogue and cooperation.

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

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 Afghanistan/Pakistan 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.

A special programme targets young professionals and volunteers from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya: the CrossCulture Plus internships.

The CrossCulture internships are characterised by the fact that they can be individually adapted to the requirements and wishes of the scholarship holders both in terms of content and organisation. Thanks to this personalised and needs-oriented concept, they are very well-suited in supporting the programme participants to acquire professional and intercultural competence in their specific area of work and thus extending their ability to engage in dialogue.

The interns' travel and subsistence expenses are covered by the programme funds. This includes a monthly grant of Euro 550, travel costs to Germany and urban local traffic, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation. 

Applications deadline: 15 February.

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