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"We hope that the partnerships developed through these projects between Roma communities and local authorities throughout Romania, as well as the solutions found for the specific problems encountered in their communities, will become models of success which can be widely replicated in other communities. In fact, the big number of proposals received (334) shows clearly that there is a significant interest for an active collaboration at local level in view of improving the life of the Roma communities", stated Andre Lys, Active Head of the EC Delegation in Romania.

Internships at the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe and the Open Society Institute are glad to
announce that they are offering three months internships to young Roma
students/professional at the Council of Europe.

Conditions for application are as follows:

· Age: 18-35

· Origin: any Central and Eastern European member state , Serbia
and Montenegro or Bosnia and Herzegovina

· Complete secondary education/preferably university or
equivalent level (including social workers and mediators/advisors on
Roma issues), in areas such as law, political sciences,
sociology/anthropology, economics, social studies, psychology,
education or international relations

· Working language: good command (written, read and spoken) of
at least one of the official languages of the Council of Europe
(French and English); knowledge of other languages is a plus

· Ability to work in a team and to adapt to a new environment

Trainees will be working in the Directorate General of Social
Cohesion/Migration and Roma/Gypsies Department. Should they wish to
spend time in other sectors of the Organisation, the opportunity might
be provided to spend the whole 3 months or part of the internship in
other departements, provided that the chosen service has the
possibility to take on a trainee. This possibility will not be
provided for the first internship scheme, to take place from 1 June to
31 August 2002.

The work will consist in:

1) Assistance in the preparation of international meetings and
conferences taking place in Strasbourg

2) Preparation and drafting of substance documents/files on
different topics

3) Assistance in preparing the field visits and meetings outside

4) Assistance in answering requests for information/research in
the Roma/Gypsy documentation centre.

5) Taking part in the daily work of the team, ie. administrative
tasks, team meetings, internal coordination on Roma issues

The programme provides the possibility to attend introductory lectures on the Organisation (within the general internship scheme of the
Council of Europe), to attend various events in the Council of Europe
(such as Parliamentary Assembly sessions when relevant, Court of Human
Rights), to take part in European Parliament sessions and to make
contacts with local Romani organisations.

A scholarship offered by the Open Society Institute will be allocated
to the selected applicants (1 to 2 per session of three months). It
should cover travel expenses from and to the country of origin,
accommodation costs and subsistence expenses.

The first internship session will be 1 June - 31 August 2002.
The Council of Europe will select two trainees for this timeframe.

Applications should be addressed, in English or French, before 30
April 2002 to Mr Henry SCICLUNA, Coordinator of activities on
Roma/Gypsies of the Council of Europe and sent to Ms Françoise KEMPF
(email: francoise.kempf@coe.int ; fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31; mail address:
Council of Europe, 67075 Strasbourg cedex, France). Please contact Ms
Françoise KEMPF in order to receive an application form (available in
French or English).

The second session, for which applications should reach the Council of
Europe no later than 31 July 2002, will be 15 September-15 December

The applicants are kindly requested to fill in the application form
and to prepare a letter of motivation, explaining why they wish to
apply for an internship at the Council of Europe and what benefit they
expect from such an experience. Letters of endorsement or
recommendation are welcome.

Selection will be based on language skills, the motivation letter and
education performance.

The Council of Europe is an equal opportunity employer.



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