EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme
Are you curious to gain a practical experience abroad through an internship in an enterprise or a civil society organisation? Are you looking for opportunities to broaden your horizons and improve your intercultural skills?
Learn more about the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme and how to apply for the next round in the online information session taking place on September 8th, 2021, from 13h00 – 14h30 (CET)!
Please register for the Info Session by Monday, September 6th, 2021, via email at internships-epicur∂intl.kit.edu.
Intercultural Service-Learning Course (full seminar)
« En route! » – Become a global citizen through cross-border service learning
Civic engagement and intercultural awareness as well as a differentiated view of societal contexts and political developments are indispensable today for shaping society as responsible global citizens.
Within the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme, an intercultural service-learning course is offered that combines an innovative way of academic learning with civic engagement in an organisation of the third sector, e.g. NGOs, cultural organisations, environmental agencies, social enterprises, etc. The programme connects the regions of the European University by offering students cross-border internships (2 months) in one of the EPICUR universities’ locations between June and October 2021. Additional components, e.g. intercultural trainings, are offered to all participants of the programme.
The internships at civil society organisations are accompanied by the intercultural service-learning course (full seminar), and both are fully virtual in the 2021 pilot run to enable innovative and inclusive student mobility. During the internship, the students will work in one of the listed organisations of the third sector based in Karlsruhe or Thessaloniki on a voluntary basis (10 hours per week). The internships provide not only practical work experience, but also strengthen the students’ intercultural and soft skills and, thus, contribute to their employability.
The participants are required to attend the full intercultural service-learning course (compulsory). It begins on Friday, 14th May 2021, with an introductory session to provide general information needed to start the programme and runs until October 2021.
The course consists of 3 parts (all of them are virtual):
- Accompanying seminar:
- Introductory session (14th May 2021, 9:00 – 11:00)
- Seminar sessions (9th June, 23rd June, 7th July, 21st July, 11th August, 25th August, 8th September, 22nd September, 6th October, 20th October 2021)
- Final session (23rd October 2021, 9:00 – 12:00)
- Civic engagement: In total 80 working hours (= 10 hours per week) in an organisation of the third sector (e.g. NGOs, cultural organisations, environmental agencies, etc.
- Additional bridging trainings:
- Trainings on intercultural competence (11th and 18th June-2021, 10:00 – 13:00 CET; participation in both training sessions required)
- Trainings on communication skills (2nd, 9th and 16th July 2021, time TBD; participation in all 3 training sessions required)
In the accompanying seminar, students apply academic knowledge to understand the role of the third sector in the context of contemporary society and different types and financing opportunities for non-governmental organisations. In addition, the seminar offers the students space to reflect on individual (work) experiences as well as on their development of personal competences, such as empathy, tolerance, intercultural understanding and flexibility.
The course will conclude with a final session, inviting the students to exchange and reflect on their experiences. This final session is also open to participants who have completed internships at private enterprises (who also have the option to attend the introductory session and the additional bridging trainings).
ECTS recognition is not yet regulated. A recognition of 6 ECTS may be possible, provided that the internship and service-learning course have been successfully completed and you received prior approval from the appropriate authorities at your home university!
After completing the course, the students will be able to…
- explain the basic principles, features and functions of the third sector in the context of contemporary societies
- list various types of non-governmental organisations and assign a non-governmental organisation into typology groups of organisations
- give a basic overview of current state of the third sector in the EU
- explain specifics of organisational management and financing of non-governmental organisations
- recognise volunteering as an important part of civil society and the third sector
- identify the resources, challenges and needs of the organisation, in particular under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and create a plan together with the community partner on how to respond to these needs
- critically reflect on and evaluate one’s own contribution to the needs of the partner organisation and thus to the community
- critically reflect on and evaluate one’s own development of personal, social and intercultural competences
A new training for youth on ‘Communications and Outreach’ in the context of the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme
In close collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) and Young Mediterranean Voices alumni, the ZAK | Zentrum für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Studium Generale is pleased to have been given the opportunity to offer a new training for youth on ‘Communications and Outreach’ in the context of the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme.
Recognising the spirit of cooperation that already exists between the ALF and ZAK, we aim to build bridges between civil society and academia. The Anna Lindh Foundation is glad to involve members of its Euro-Med youth/Alumni network as trainers. Based on an open call for interest, Marjus Ceveli, peace builder and youth and gender equality activist from Italy and, Asmaa Bahadi, human rights activist and advocate for migrants' and women’s rights from Morocco, led a three-part workshop with young students of EPICUR universities. This three-part workshop aimed at equipping students who are interning at different civil society organisations and start-ups in the EPICUR region with communication strategies that are helpful for their internships and for their future professions.
The training focused on the topics of Communications in Intercultural Setting, Ethical Communications, and Media Narratives for Positive Social change and took place on 2nd, 9th, and 16th July 2021. It was a new opportunity for students of the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme for shared learning between the different regions of the Euro-Mediterranean.
The workshop aimed also to leverage youth-led dialogue and exchange; it connected young people and facilitated shaping their narratives in the digital and physical world. This provided the students an opportunity to enhance media skills, focusing on inter-cultural considerations and how to increase online reach. The participants worked in groups and created new compelling campaigns to reach audiences in their own communities and beyond, as part of their learning process.
We are looking forward to future collaborations.