Organization profile: Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) is a non-governmental organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), internationally recognized for its innovative approaches to peace education, transitional justice, violence prevention, and post-conflict reconciliation. PCRC was founded in 2011 with a vision to contribute to the development of a society where people no longer perceive ethnicity as the source of their differences, but instead see it as the basis for prosperity, redirecting their focus towards economic development, improving the educational system, creating a stable democracy, and cultivating a lasting culture of peace. The number of staff, volunteers, and members of governing bodies, as of September 2020:
Governing Board: 3
Full-time staff: 6
Part-time staff: 5
Advisory Board members: 30
Volunteers/Interns per annum: 35 – 40
PCRC’s staff comprises a diverse group of individuals from both BiH and the international community. Together, the team possesses a broad range of skills, knowledge, and experience, including project and program development, monitoring and evaluation methodologies, strategic peacebuilding and conflict transformation approaches, intimate knowledge of the Western Balkans' sociopolitical landscape, investigative journalism, multimedia production, curation, educational curriculum development, event planning, logistics coordination, and research design and implementation.
City: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Internship format: Virtual (remote) or In-person (pending Stanford, host country, and host organization travel policies.)
Main summer internship projects include:
- Balkan Diskurs Articles and PCRC's Blog Posts
- Annual Summer School Organization
- Contributing to PCRC’s Research and Evaluation Initiatives.
Balkan Diskurs Articles and PCRC Blog Posts: Interns experienced/interested in writing will be responsible for writing articles for PCRC’s Balkan Diskurs online platform or PCRC's Blog throughout their internship. Balkan Diskurs is a regional multimedia network of writers, bloggers, multimedia artists, and activists who came together in response to the lack of objective, relevant, invigorating, independent regional media. Sometimes topics will be assigned, however, interns are encouraged to propose their own ideas related to their academic and personal backgrounds and interests. We work with our interns to set up interviews and help guide them during the publishing process.
Annual Summer School Organization: a week-long educational event organized every July at the Srebrenica Memorial Center for youth activists, artists, and students (ages 18 – 30) from the Western Balkan countries and the world. By engaging youth in a series of masterclasses, keynote speeches, and workshops, the school aims to contribute to learning and critical thinking around the subjects of dealing with the past, transitional justice, and prevention of genocides and mass atrocities.
Contributing to PCRC’s Research and Evaluation Initiatives: We are engaged in several research projects with regional and international partners that focus on how different mechanisms, contexts, systems, and structures enable or inhibit the culture of peace in BiH, the Western Balkans, and ultimately, in a global context. Our research aims to bolster knowledge of successes and failures in the field of peacebuilding and reconciliation, promote innovation, advance understanding, and inform best practices.
Number of Opening(s): 2
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 20 –August 12, 2022): Five days a week / 35-40 hours a week
Work attire: Casual
Local language: Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.
Local language level needed: Not required
Additional desired intern qualifications:
- Required key skills: Strong writing skills or research experience.
- Required language: English
- Desirable languages: Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, German, and Turkish are always useful, but any second language is welcomed.
- Desirable skill sets: Photography, journalism, filmmaking, grant writing, IT, website management, graphic design, editing, project development, translation, transcription, program and / or project evaluation, fundraising and social media management.
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Travel Reservations Requirement: All interns are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking airfare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.
Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter), and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.
Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.
International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or abroad in the summer.
The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Seniors and coterm students are eligible as long as they do not confer their undergraduate degrees until after they complete their internships to remain eligible.
Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Graduating seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the quarter prior to the internship.
Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks.
To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.
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