Call for Applications

Ifa CrossCulture Programme 2017 for Eastern Partnership and Russia

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Application Deadline: 10 March 2017.

In 2009, Germany and its European partners together with the neighbouring states Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine initiated the Eastern Partnership. This initiative aims at the extension and development of political, economic and social relationships among the countries involved. With its well established CrossCulture Programme, the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) as a partner of the Federal Foreign Office has supported sociopolitical collaboration and networking between Germany and the six countries of the Eastern Partnership since 2015. Since 2016 onwards the programme is further extended and promotes the collaboration with the civil society in Russia.


Internships within the CrossCulture Programme for the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia are offered in the following work areas:

  • human rights, migration & refugees
  • political education & youth participation
  • knowledge society, intercultural dialogue, mediation & reconciliation
  • media

The target groups are young professionals and volunteers from various areas of civil society and multipliers in organisations and media.


Requirements for taking part in the CrossCulture Programme include a good command of English and a permanent involvement in an organisation or institution in one’s own country. Knowledge of the German language is an additional qualification, not a requirement. Applicants should be aged between 23 to 45 years. Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection. Furthermore the applicants must be in good health. Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the internship.


The interns’ travel and subsistence expenses are covered by programme funds. This includes a monthly grant of 550 Euro, travel costs to Germany and urban public transport, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation. The latter is either a private room in a shared flat (according to gender), a private room in a host family or a small furnished apartment. Accommodation includes costs for electricity, water and heating; whereas telephone and internet facilities are not included.


The filled in and signed application forms along with all required documents are to be submitted online via our application portal. Please add a letter of motivation, a recommendation by your home organisation, your CV and your portrait to the application. Find our application form here.

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