Three non-governmental organizations visited AUBG this Tuesday, April 14, in search for interns. What brings them together is their activities related to the environment and society. Although the event was organized to help POS students, the representatives explicitly noted that the interships are open to students from all majors.
Emilia Zankina, Assistant Professor in Political Science, hosted the event and started with general information about requirements towards the POS major. Currently, she is the one who connects POS students with organizations looking for interns.
The representatives of the three organizations – Club Alpbach Bulgaria, Center for the Study of Democracy, and The Greens political party – talked about their activities and what internships each can offer to AUBG students.
It turns out that to be an intern in a political party doesn’t require interest in politics or direct political involvement. This was the assurance of both prof. Zankina and Ivan Velkov, Consultant for The Greens political party. Students with knowledge and experience in other spheres – journalism, economics, business – are all eligible for the internship.
He said that since the party is young on the market for political power, interns will be doing research on terms and agreements on topics related to current economic and political issues. The internship has no time and issue limitations since “we don’t have anything to offer on the table” and new ideas are “more than welcome,” he said.
“We need people who will add their time and motivation to things that we need to perform this year and the years to come,” Velkov said.
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is looking for interns interested and knowledgeable in one of the following areas – sociology, security, legal system and economy. Students with interests in these areas, no matter what major they are completing, can become interns by applying and choosing their specific area of work.
The center, founded in 1989, works to promote institutional reforms that enhance European integration. It observes and supports the work of public institutions by offering different services. For example, the Center has created Corruption Monitoring Index which is now used by EU institutions to measure and fight corruption.
Club Alpbach Bulgaria was represented by its General Coordinator, Zaritza Dinkova. The club is part of European Forum Alpbach and it grants 700-900 scholarships to interns every year. The goal of the club is to help students participate in the annual forum organized by the European Forum Alpbach.
What an intern gets from all of this is 17 days of socio-political discussions on various topics (healthcare, media and economic issues), meetings with students and professionals from all over the world, and experience.
“The aim is to meet get together the leaders of tomorrow with the leaders of today,” Dinkova said.
Third-year student, majoring in economics and political science, Ralitsa Genova said that, “All these opportunities seem worth it, and if I have time I will be glad to be involved in something similar.”