Thursday, April 21, 2016

Graduate Internships at SWP (Berlin-Wimersdorf)

Deadline: June 30, 2016
SWP offers full-time internships for highly motivated students. SWP is particularly interested in attracting young researchers in political science and related social sciences (economics, law, administration,occasionally also regional studies, ethnology, or journalism).

Interns are based at the offices in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

The work undertaken by SWP interns includes:
  • Assisting with all tasks within the research division, especially research projects, and producing documentation and background reports for research division members 
  • Preparing reports of conferences and meetings 
  • Literature research 
  • Editing academic texts, researching and evaluating materials, helping to prepare meetings and conferences 
  • General administrative tasks 
SWP accepts students at the following phases in their university career:
  • Students whose internship is part of a university degree course or a formal precondition of admission or examination (required internship) 
  • Students who wish to acquire professional skills and experience (as defined in paragraph 26 
  • Vocational Training Act/Berufsbildungsgesetz), without this being a formal vocational training scheme (voluntary internship) 
This arrangement also applies to
  • Students already studying for a master's degree, 
  • Holders of bachelor's degrees who can demonstrate they are applying for a master's degree course. 

Foreign applicants must have a residence permit. Applicants should apply specifically for one or at the most two Research Divisions.

For an internship an applicant should have at least the following qualifications:
  • Very good knowledge of English as well as German (written and spoken) 
  • Good end-user IT skills (Word, Excel, Web browsers) 
  • Their own ideas about what they wish to achieve during the internship 
  • Interest in policy consultation and communication 
  • Commitment, ambition, teamwork and social skills 

The research divisions also have their own specific requirements:
1. EU/Europe:
a. Continuous participation in courses relevant to the research areas of the research division
b. Ideally, knowledge of an additional EU working language, or language skills relevant to the region

2. International Security Research Division:
a. Knowledge of current security issues

3. For the Armament and Technology Cluster:
a. As well as students of politics, the cluster is especially interested in attracting students of economics, engineering and natural science who have interest in defence policy, arms economy and technology policy.

4. Americas Research Division:
a. Course of study relating to the region
b. In-depth knowledge of the politics and/or economy of the United States and/or the Latin American states

5. Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division
a. Good knowledge of at least one of the languages spoken in the region (for example Russian)
b. Knowledge about Russia and/or other CIS states

6. Middle East and Africa Research Division
a. Active interest in current political events in the region or a specific sub-region
b. Knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is advantageous for the Middle East, French for Africa

7. Asia Research Division
a. Evidence of an active academic interest in one or more countries of the region
b. Knowledge of a relevant language is desirable, for example Chinese, Japanese or Hindi

8. Global Issues Research Division
a. As well as students of politics, the research division is especially interested in attracting students of economics, international law and/or international relations
b. Interest in interdisciplinary discourse and prior knowledge in one of the following policy fields:
  • International energy, environment and climate policy 
  • Non-state actors 
  • Migration and demographics 
  • International financial markets 
  • Trade policy 
  • International law, United Nations

Study Abroad: IBSU Studies MA: Study Caucasus WITHIN the Caucasus

For those interested in studying the history, anthropology, linguistics and politics of the Caucasus, a region situated between the Black and Caspian seas, starting September 2016 please email Elizabeth Carlson at!

IBSU (International Black Sea University) is one of the best schools in the Georgia. They are willing to accommodate international students with host families. Students would pay families 100 USD (250 GEL) / month, which is far cheaper than living alone, AND that would include 2 meals a day.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Internships with the Global Europe Program

Deadline: June 30, 2016

The program offers unpaid educational internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the fall, spring and summer semesters. The internship aims to provide valuable experience to successfulcandidates interested in EU-U.S. relations, as well as functional issues pertaining to various European Union policies.

The intern will work directly with the Global Europe Staff and acquire experience and training in the field of international relations by assisting in various projects. Responsibilities will include:
- Researching current regional and functional issues in support of the work of fellows and scholars
- Attending EU-themed conferences, forums and lectures in Washington and writing briefing memoranda for staff
- Assisting with the organization and implementation of events
- Assisting staff in managing and updating database, website, and social media
- Providing back-up office reception duties, including telephone and greeting visitors
- Other administrative duties as asigned

All interns are strongly encouraged to attend conferences, forums and other events of the Center's various programs. In addition, all interns have access to the Center's vast research resources.

The applicant should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate study program at an accredited college or university, or a recent graduate (within the last year) at the time of internship. The applicant should also have a strong interest in European politics, and preferably some academic background in the field. He/she should have good analytical and research skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and have basic computer skills on several software packages (experience with Adobe InDesign is desirable, but not a main requirement). Proficiency in one or more languages of the European Union is desired.
To apply:

CFP: Armed Resistance in Eastern and Southeastern Europe 1945-1956

Deadline: June 30, 2016

As a consequence of the military defeat of the Axis powers and the establishment of communist regimes in eastern and southeastern Europe under Soviet domination, various organized groups decided to resist by force the newly established systems of repression and compulsion. In some cases these groups were newly formed; in others the roots were wartime. Sometimes they competed with one another. Appreciable combat operations continued into the 1950s and pinned down military resources of the USSR and its communist occupation regimes.

The Institute of Modern and Contemporary Historical Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Arenberg Foundation in Enghien (Belgium) plan a scholarly conference (also under the title VIth Arenberg Conference for History) to explore the forms and scope of violent resistance in eastern and southeastern Europe. The focus will be the transnational examination and analysis of the political, social, economic, and religious causes of such resistance.

This topic must first of all be contextualized within the history of communism and anti-communism as well as the history of political violence and resistance during the interwar years and the Second World War. The resisters’ images of the Soviet Union and Russia, their struggle against what was in part perceived as foreign (Russian) rule, and collaboration with the Third Reich must also be taken into consideration.

Through a comparative approach, both regional differences and commonalities in the violent struggles of these groups will be highlighted, while the resistance of Jewish groups and the participation of women must also be factored in.

The survey will also involve problems of definition, contextualization, periodization, and reception of resistance-activity (“freedom fighters” versus “counter-revolutionaries”). Individual conference contributions should deal with significant actors and groups, the limits and possibilities of action, areas of operation and retreat (such as border regions), backgrounds, resources, recruitment, intentions, motives and goals, the consequences of action, or counter-insurgency. Other key questions concern how such resistance was even possible and how the population at large reacted to it.

Because of the very nature of the topic, the problem of evidence is a difficult one given that the sources are both heterogeneous and confusing. As in the case of other controversial themes, the issue of contemporary witnesses, their experiences, and their memories will be raised within the framework of the conference. In this connection, the problem of resistance in historical memory from war’s end to the present day will likewise be broached.

The conference languages are English and German (no simultaneous interpretation). The publication of the conference proceedings is also planned.

The deadline for abstracts of proposed papers is 30 June 2016.

At the latest the conference will take place in the first quarter of 2017.

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for publication in the proceedings will be two months after the conclusion of the conference.

In case of interest, please send an abstract of 400-800 words to the following address:

Institut für Neuzeit- und Zeitgeschichtsforschung/
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Strohgasse 45/2/4
1030 Wien, Österreich
Tel. +43-1-51581-7311
Fax +43-1-51581-7330

CFP: Heritage Studies and Socialism: Transnational Perspectives on Heritage in Eastern and Central Europe

Deadline: June 15, 2016

In the last decade, heritage studies have emerged as a field of cross-disciplinary research covering topics including the built environment, museums and collections, urban planning, memory, and tourism. Though dealing with objects and practices of the past, heritage studies are rather concerned with the relation of heritage to the present and its role in the future. Temporality is thus central to the understanding of heritage, which is not limited to the present day and is increasingly explored from a historical perspective. Research on notions and practices of heritage in the past can shed light on the formation of today’s heritage practices and policies, but it might also uncover the selection and dissension affecting what was to be preserved for the future.

In the international field of heritage studies, however, research on Eastern and Central Europe still remains marginal. This is not only due to regional interests, but may also be due to the current scholarship’s prevalent concept of heritage being drawn predominantly from Western European and postcolonial contexts. The workshop “Heritage Studies and Socialism” will bring together both early career researchers and established researchers for a discussion about the concept of heritage in relation to the Eastern and Central European region. In light of the different traditions in heritage policies and property rights, what notion of heritage do we employ for the study of heritage in socialist and post-socialist societies? Using this question as a point of departure, we seek to critically engage with the field of heritage studies and will reflect on core concepts of heritage studies such as authenticity and originality. We will discuss the advantages and limitations of these approaches when applied to the (post-) so- cialist context, while also bringing together alternative approaches from the examples presented during the workshop.

The workshop will focus on heritage concepts and practices under socialism following World War II, but it also welcomes contributions highlighting trajectories in the early Soviet Union and in the post-socialist period. In order to allow for common ground in the discussion, we particularly welcome contributions that transcend the framework of the nation-state by looking at local, regional and transnational levels. The presentations will be framed by input speeches from established scholars in the field.

Possible issues addressed include but are not limited to:
  • Socialist interpretations of heritage and authenticity of heritage
  • Heritage and socialism in multi-ethnic contexts and minority politics
  • State atheism and religious heritage
  • Urban planning: heritage and the socialist city
  • Heritage and socialist modernisms
  • Relation between cultural and natural heritage under socialism
  • Heritage tourism in planned economies and socialist consumer culture
  • Impact of political changes on heritage
  • Heritage and communist internationalism, including extra-European relations
  • International organisations (ICOMOS, Workinggroup of socialist countries on restoration, etc.)

Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words with a short biographical note by 15 June 2016, to the organisers at:

Summer Internship at The Economist Newspaper

Deadline: May 6, 2016

The Economist is seeking a summer intern to write about foreign affairs for The Economist. The internship will last for about three months and will pay £2,000 per month. Anyone is welcome to apply. Applicants should send an original unpublished article of up to 600 words on any issue in international politics or foreign affairs, a c.v. and a cover letter to We are looking for originality, wit, crisp writing and clarity of thought.

Fellowships: Goldman Fellowships for German and European Economic and International Affairs

Deadline: July 1, 2016

The fellowship supports promising American academics whose research bears special significance for German economic and international policy within the wider European context.

Candidates for the Goldman Fellowship program must demonstrate that they: Are 45 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline; Are a U.S. citizen residing in the United States; Must be pursuing or have completed a Ph.D.; and Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.

Fellows receive a $7,500 stipend, which covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for a minimum of 28 days. Fellows are required to work closely with the Fellowship Manager to organize a day-to-day itinerary before the stipend is released. Travel must take place within one calendar year of receipt of the award. Following the completion of the trip, fellows submit a report summarizing their findings. Fellowship must be taken within one calendar year of receipt of the award. 

To apply: