The ICD Voluntary Internship Project, which has now existed for six years, was officially launched in January 2008 and has been successful in achieving its main purpose of enabling like-minded students and young professionals to come to Berlin and engage in intercultural and international programs. The internship is an ongoing, evolving project and, as such, the ultimate goal of the Project is to enable and empower young professionals to engage in cultural diplomacy & intercultural relations and in so doing, promote cultural diplomacy and multiculturalism worldwide.
The past years of the ICD Voluntary Internship Project have been witness to volunteers being active participants in the multicultural field at the local, national and international levels. Lasting friendships were formed and contacts made, which expanded each individuals network to all parts of the world. The experience of learning to work together in a truly multicultural and international organization environment is a rare and rewarding common experience. The concept of the ICD multicultural environment is to utilize cultural differences to enable a situation where Cultural Diplomacy is practiced on a daily basis within the office as well as outside the office.
The positioning of ICD in the center of Europe makes it hub for the younger generation and as such one of the ICD's claims to fame is that it is one of the largest cultural exchange organizations in Europe. One of the main privileges afforded by the ICD's Internship project is that it is a once in a lifetime experience to work in a young, an interdisciplinary and truly international environment and serves as a model of the success of multiculturalism.
The ICD invites applications from individuals who are coming from the following fields: NGOs, International Relations & Politics, Languages & Literature, History & Philosophy, Marketing & PR, Business & Economics, Statistics, Communication& Journalism, Administration, English, Spanish and Event Management.
ICD Voluntary internships are full time, unpaid and last 3 - 6 months (minimum of 3 months). Where leadership and high motivation are shown, and based on the intern's level of experience, knowledge, and education, the ICD will offer the intern to extend the length of the internship for an additional 6-9 months and will offer scholarship for this extended period. During the extended internship, the ICD will assign additional responsibilities, such as volunteering in the Berliner Tafel e.V, research, development and management of events and programs.
Applicants must have good spoken and written English, (German and Spanish language skills are considered an advantage and other language skills are an asset). Due to the nature of our work, we place a high value on flexibility, a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work well with others. Applicants must be prepared for a flexible working environment as teams and tasks might alter according to the program agenda.
Please note: due to the large amount of activity and programs that ICD runs throughout the year, Interns at the ICD must be able to work on their own initiative with minimal supervision. Interns work in teams under the direction of a Team Leader/Program Director/Coordinator. In addition, the nature of the work involved means all interns must have access to a personal laptop which they can bring to the office on a daily basis.
Intern responsibilities include some of the following activities below in the framework of supporting our Young Leader's Forums, International Conferences and our Cultural Diplomacy Development Team:
Raising awareness and marketing for the programs
Acquiring speakers and partners for the programs
Executing the weeklong seminars and events that the ICD organizes
Event Documentation - conducting Interviews, reporting and documenting ICD events
Cultural Diplomacy News - conducting Interviews and writing articles