A summer internship at BILD is an intense, rewarding and unique experience as interns are given immense responsibility in a demanding, culturally sensitive setting. In fact, the success of our program is wholly dependent on the internship team. Interns are involved in all aspects of implementing two integrated summer educational programs in two cities that were on opposite sides during the Bosnian war (1992-1995).
Interns help manage and implement the Tuzla Summer Institute which takes place in a predominantly Bosniak city and the Doboj Summer Institute which takes place in a predominantly Serbian city. Both institutes teach practical skills that help prepare young people for their academic studies, their professional careers and their roles as citizens in a secular multiethnic and democratic society. During a highly demanding nine weeks, interns help interview, select, and teach over 400 young people. Skills taught include English, information technology, business skills and organizational development. In addition, interns participate in extra-curricular activities that bring people of different cultures together while visiting places of cultural and historical significance.
The Tuzla and Doboj Summer Institutes (TSI/DSI) constitute a unique experience for both students and teachers as TSI/DSI combines academic choice and practical education in a highly diverse cultural setting. Students are entirely free to choose only the courses they want to take. Teachers are free to create their own courses teaching practical skills that are of immediate benefit to the students.
What makes TSI/DSI an especially valuable program is that it takes place in a country that has suffered through a genocidal war and extreme nationalism resulting in endemic ethnic tensions and economic stagnation. TSI/DSI sets an example of people from all of Bosnia’s main cultural groups sharing mutual respect while creating a better future for themselves.
First and foremost, the intern must be respectful of people with very different cultural values. Interns do not teach values but rather practical skills while respecting the values of those who attend the summer institutes
The intern needs to have a strong commitment and be highly motivated to help young people in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The intern must be willing to follow instructions and respect the boundaries set by BILD staff.
The intern’s English language skills need to be exemplary, especially his or her spoken English (free of verbal clutter such as “like”, “you know”).
The intern needs to be a self-starter, able to identify what needs to be done without excessive supervision, and be adaptable to changing circumstances.
It is not necessary but if the intern has skills/experience in the following, it is a benefit: Microsoft Office applications, software programming, building websites, teaching experience, business skills, oral presentation skills.
In short, we are looking for remarkably dedicated, enthusiastic, respectful, talented people with a positive attitude, ready to adapt to the at times changing needs of our program, determined to make the most of their nine weeks helping people in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Interns will arrive between on or near May 25. The start and end dates can be adjusted. The internship will end between August 1 and August 4. The actual dates of each intern’s arrival and departure are determined through mutual agreement.
Interns live in the city of Tuzla in northeastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Tuzla Summer Institute takes place at the Behram-begova medresa. The intern’s apartment is within walking distance of the medresa. During the Doboj Summer Institute, the interns will travel one hour each way to and from Doboj, a city 65 kilometers west of Tuzla. The Doboj Summer Institute takes place at a public Doboj high school.
This is an unpaid internship. The intern is responsible for acquiring all necessary funding. Interns often receive grants from their universities or colleges of approximately $3,500 which is usually sufficient for all of the intern’s summer expenses depending on international travel costs. International travel costs usually range from $900 to $1,400 round trip. The cost of an apartment, a cell phone, all necessary local transportation is about $1,600. A budget of $5 to $10 per day for food and other personal expenses is sufficient. Further details are provided during the application process.
Interns are responsible for their international travel. When they arrive in Bosnia-Herzegovin, interns will be greeted by BILD staff who will drive them to their apartment in Tuzla. In order to be greeted such, the intern needs to arrive at a location within 3 hours drive from Tuzla which includes the two locations most often used by interns, the train station in Doboj and the airport in Sarajevo.
Send an email to Christopher Bragdon at firstname.lastname@example.org and express your desire to learn more about this internship. Mr. Bragdon will correspond with you to help determine if this internship would be appropriate for you. If so, Mr. Bragdon will invite you to send your resume and a cover letter. The application process usually includes several skype conversations with former interns and Mr. Bragdon. Along with the initial email to Mr. Bragdon, applicants are encouraged to send any specific questions they have regarding the internship.