Internship Program

Date: 2017-08-02

Pristina, Kosovo

The Balkan Forum Internship Program 2017 - 2018 

About The Balkan Forum

The Balkan Forum (The BF) is a non-profit foundation that aspires to help transform the Western Balkan region into a unified force poised to act on the European and global stages. The BF promotes a resource efficient, greener, and more competitive Balkan region that is based on collaboration and diversity. It aims to utilize the region’s strengths, and each individual country’s comparative advantages, to catalyse innovation and development and to advance a shared vision for the region based on sustainable development, collective growth, and prosperity. The BF’s geographic focus is Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia. The following four broad thematic areas that have been identified as having a special dynamic in the Balkan region thus - presenting great opportunities for cooperation and joint development - form the framework of The BF initiative: (1) Education, (2) Energy and Environment, (3) Tourism and Infrastructure Development, (4) Human Capital and Labor Market.

The BF’s Internship Program

Our Internship Program is designed to provide opportunities to interns to further their career goals, while helping us implement our mission and values. Internship Program focuses on important aspects of our work thus we rely on the invaluable knowledge and skills that interns bring to The BF team to help us deliver on areas of strategic importance and priorities. The program allows space for knowledge sharing and collaboration, and encourages joint work on concrete responses to complex challenges and on strategies to seize emerging opportunities. 

Throughout our Internship Program interns will gain experience, work collaboratively, make connections, learn about different thematic areas, develop skills, and assess their interest and abilities. We will provide them with experience of working in a team and of a busy and varied office environment; and an opportunity to develop fundraising, communications, administrative, and leadership skills.

Most of intern’s time is spent working at BF’s office in Prishtina (will possibility of travel in the region, as appropriate), and given varying responsibilities as foreseen with the Internship Program. Interns will work closely with the team to gain a fuller understanding of their work and the work of the organisation in promoting and advancing regional cooperation in specific issue areas.

Interns are generally recruited for a three to six months period, on a part or full time basis, to an intern appropriate programme of activity, and we are happy to work around existing study/work commitments of interns.

The interns will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.

The BF strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes interns from all sections of society regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. We also seek to provide an environment where interns and staff can be appropriately supported over time.

The BF is currently recruiting for three Intern positions: Fundraising Intern; Communications Intern; Operations and Administration Intern.

Fundraising Intern

Job Description

The Balkan Forum seeks a dynamic and detail-oriented intern interested in gaining experience in the field of fundraising.


Number of Interns:
1

Location: Pristina, Kosovo

Expected start date: 15 September 2017

Hours: full time

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension to 6 months

Compensation: This is an unpaid/voluntary internship. The BF is unfortunately not in the position to cover any costs related to the internship.   


Main duties and responsibilities

The intern will provide support to the team with funding strategy and working towards setting and achieving fundraising targets. A final, more specific, Job Description will be agreed within one week of the commencement of Internship to ensure that we are maximising the potential for the Internship Program to benefit both the intern and the organisation.

A typical day might involve

  • Researching potential fundraising sources.
  • Providing support in data gathering for proposal writing and submission, and drafting and submission of donor reports.
  • Assisting in the development of appropriate budgets for a variety of donors.
  • Keeping accurate and up-to-date records of funding applications and their outcomes.
  • Maintaining an accurate database of current and prospective donors and develop donor profiles.
  • Developing an effective filing system for donor related information.
  • Drafting correspondence, diary management, and updating contacts database.
  • Language editing, translating materials and taking meeting minutes as appropriate.


Person specification

  • A Bachelor’s degree or relevant previous experience (internship) at non-profit organizations would be an advantage. Relevant coursework is highly desirable.
  • Commitment to The Balkan Forum’s mission.
  • Familiarity with funding applications (concept notes, proposals) and budgets.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Interested in fundraising and/or non-profit management.
  • Motivated, self-starter.
  • Proficiency in MS office including word and excel.
  • Excellent written/spoken English.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as the task requires
  • Proactive, creative and enthusiastic.
  • Desire to learn, develop and advance personal career prospects.

 

Communications Intern

Job Description

The Balkan Forum seeks a dynamic and detail-oriented intern interested in gaining experience in the field of communications (and digital platform utilisation).


Number of Interns:
1

Location: Pristina, Kosovo

Expected start date: 15 September 2017

Hours: full time

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension to 6 months

Compensation: This is an unpaid/voluntary internship. The BF is unfortunately not in the position to cover any costs related to the internship.  


Main duties and responsibilities

The intern will provide support to the team with communications strategy and working towards setting and achieving communications targets. A final, more specific, Job Description will be agreed within one week of the commencement of Internship to ensure that we are maximising the potential for the Internship Program to benefit both the intern and the organisation.


A typical day might involve

  • Assistance in developing web and social media content including video recording and production.
  • Monitoring, analyzing, responding to comments and updating the web/social media material.
  • Assistance in identifying experts and supporting them to write blogs in the four pillars (education, energy, tourism, labor market) of The Balkan Forum.
  • Drafting correspondence, diary management, and updating contacts database.
  • Regularly updating the resource bank.
  • Language editing, translating comms related materials and taking meeting minutes as appropriate.

 

Person specification

  • A Bachelor’s degree or relevant previous experience at non-profit organizations would be an advantage. Relevant coursework is highly desirable.
  • Commitment to The Balkan Forum’s mission.
  • Interested in communications, digital platforms and/or non-profit management.
  • Affinity with digital communications, such as website/content management and social media.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Motivated, self-starter.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as the task requires.
  • Proficiency in MS office.
  • Excellent written/spoken English.
  • Proactive, creative and enthusiastic.
  • Desire to learn, develop and advance personal career prospects.

 

Operations and Administration Intern

Job Description

The Balkan Forum seeks a dynamic and detail-oriented intern interested in gaining operations and administration experience.


Number of Interns:
1

Location: Pristina, Kosovo

Expected start date: 15 September 2017

Hours: full time

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension to 6 months

Compensation: This is an unpaid/voluntary internship. The BF is unfortunately not in the position to cover any costs related to the internship.  


Main duties and responsibilities

The intern will provide administrative and logistical support to the team to implement organisational priorities and achieve organisational targets. A final, more specific, Job Description will be agreed within one week of the commencement of Internship to ensure that we are maximising the potential for the Internship Program to benefit both the intern and the organisation.


A typical day might involve

  • Providing reception duties, and deal with the general running of the office and communications (telephone and mail) including greeting and directing visitors.
  • Undertaking and coordinating travel bookings and accommodation for staff members and visitors.
  • Assistance in organizing meetings, conferences and workshops as required.
  • Assistance with tagging and labelling of office assets.
  • Ensuring office environment is clean, presentable and hospitable.
  • Assistance with preparation for Board Meetings.
  • Assistance to Executive Director.

 

Person specification

  • A Bachelor’s degree or relevant previous experience at non-profit organizations would be an advantage. Relevant coursework is highly desirable.
  • Commitment to The Balkan Forum’s mission.
  • High awareness of confidentiality.
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills and efficient work methods.
  • An exceptional sense of professionalism, urgency, drive, intuition, and follow up.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as the task requires.
  • Proficiency in MS office.
  • Excellent written/spoken English.
  • Proactive, creative and enthusiastic.
  • Desire to learn, develop and advance personal career prospects.

 

Application process

To apply, please only complete the online application form below.

Deadline for applications 20 August 2017.

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

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