Virtual internship

Call for virtual internship applicants

Interested in current international relations and media issues?
Want to gain experience in any or both of these fields by working remotely for a non-governmental organisation?

 

“As an independent institution, ICRP brings together diplomats, political actors, future decision-makers and young intellectuals. ICRP focuses on global intercultural dialogue and forms of cooperation between intra-cultural entities, aiming to promote the protection of international human rights and recognition of cultural diversity and heritage in an interdependent world.”

Why be an ICRP intern?

If you are interested in international relations or world politics and want to gain experience in these fields by working remotely for a non-governmental organisation, a virtual internship at the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy could be the ideal start for you.

The objective of our programme is to offer students from diverse academic background relevant experience in their future-to-be field of employment. As an intern, you will be given a real chance to utilise what you have learnt so far by contributing online: organising online events and writing articles, blog entries or even research papers in the field of your interest.

A virtual internship means completing your internship without a commute, and directly from your own laptop. When completing a remote internship many of the same aspects of a traditional in-person internship still exist including, meetings with your supervisor or teammates, completing a mix of individual and group projects, and learning about the overall culture of organisation.


Eligibility criteria

Applicants should be students or entry-level professionals of journalism/social studies/law/economics/international relations/political science or related fields. Very good knowledge of English is mandatory and good communications skills required. Having possibility to use online devices/application and to be able to use internet is a must.


Intern responsibilities include

– Research (independent studies regarding cultural relations policy)
– Writing and editing of ICRP special edition publications of Human Rights Issues
– Writing articles/editing Cultural Relations Review monthly e-journal
– Organising and participating in online events/activities, courses, lectures
– Information collection and data analysis for ICRP Online Resources


Knowledge, skills and competences to be acquired by the end of the traineeship

At the end of the online internship period the intern will be able to conclude and publish articles on current issues of international relations and to cover in-depth analyses concerning cultural relations policy. The Virtual Internship Programme contributes to the development of professional education of the intern through the tasks given during the internship period. The ICRP Virtual Internship Programme helps strengthening professional skills and digital competences.


Applying for internships

If you consider applying for an internship at ICRP, you are encouraged to send your application (CV and cover letter in English). The cover letter should specify the proposed period, dates of the internship and at least one of the preferred responsibilities. You may send your application in the form of MS Word file attached to an e-mail to ICRP.

Keep in mind

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online interview. The Institute for Cultural Relations Policy offers voluntary (unpaid) internships with flexible work-time. Applications accepted continuously! After being chosen for internship an internship agreement will be signed. Applications should specify the proposed period of and dates of internship.


Benefits of a Virtual Internship

Working with the ICRP to complete your virtual internship allows you

  • To not only gain dynamic work experience and knowledge but also it is an invitation to be a part of our internship community through weekly group discussions, webinars, and alumni support.
  • Professional development support with an assigned internship supervisor and coaching calls.
  • Global connections – the importance of networking and building global connections is stressed in nearly every field. In fact, networking is vital to beginning any global career. The Virtual Internship Programme is an excellent platform to expand your network globally, all from your own home!
  • Remote work skills – It is no secret that the recent massive move to remote working will continue for the foreseeable future. Many companies are establishing permanent remote work policies, meaning there is an increasing demand for professionals with previous remote work experience & skills in software/platforms, communication.
  • Accessibility – Travelling for work or study (especially long term) can present a huge financial barrier for many individuals. A virtual international internship allows you to still gain the career & global skills from an international work environment, without the need for travel.
  • We can support you with documents such as recommendation and of course certificate of internship.

“I had a really excellent time at ICRP. I learnt a lot about the actual issues of international relations, while being part of an unquestionably constructive team. I think that my time spent as an intern at ICRP will be an unforgettable memory of my life, and an invaluable asset in my future career.” — a former intern from Hungary

“I found this internship while being an Erasmus student in Budapest. I appreciated the working atmosphere as being part of a young creative team which also allows you to work independently. It offered me a great insight into the work of an NGO in an intercultural multinational surrounding.” — a former intern from Germany

“Doing a summer internship programme at ICRP is an outstanding opportunity to gain some invaluable experience for all International Relations and Political Science students. Not only because you work with a dynamic, active and passionate team; but also because you can get engaged in or further scrutinize worldwide conflicts and global issues. Moreover, the organization offers a great variety of activities, thus everyone can find one’s own specialisation/interest. I indeed enjoyed my internship at the institute.” — a former intern from the United Kingdom

“The time I spent at ICRP as an intern gave me the opportunity to get a greater look to the organization of international conferences and to meet interesting people from all over the world which both proved to be a really good experience. Besides work, I could also enjoy the lectures given by the participants of the conferences that came really useful for my studies as well.” — a former intern from Hungary

“Internship programme at ICRP was a great opportunity to enrich my theoretical knowledge by fundamental principles of current affairs and learn new ideas in different fields. It provided a multicultural environment for learning different cultures and skills during different tasks and importantly improving the ways of thinking with other interns. I feel proud to be the part of ICRP internship programs.  — a former intern from Pakistan


Information by interns

Become a virtual intern at ICRP! The Institute for Cultural Relations Policy (ICRP) is a non-governmental and non-profit international organisation based in Budapest that brings together future politicians, diplomats, decision-makers, researchers and intellectuals. We believe in intercultural dialogue, in promoting human rights and we aim to spread awareness of cultural diversity around the globe. The ICRP gives an opportunity to meet for a discussion on the most recent affairs at various seminars, conferences, training projects, workshops and other related events.

What do we virtual interns do? Our obligatory tasks include researching and writing articles about current affairs around the world. We write and edit articles for the ICRP’s many publications–such as its monthly magazine and its publication on diplomacy. Every month, we also write at least one opinion piece each for the ICRP’s blog. Interns also have the opportunity to conduct research and contribute to other ICRP publications, including its international academic journal which is called the Cultural Relations Quarterly Review and the ICRP Human Rights Issues Series.

Virtual interns can also focus on more dynamic tasks, such as organising events, conferences or training projects, where they can sharpen their skills in either event management, public relations, or communication. On top of these responsibilities, we also have the opportunity to interview diplomats or other important figures during these events.

Since the ICRP is an Erasmus+ partner, virtual interns also have the chance to engage in youth exchanges in another country and virtual workshops with other young intellectuals from other countries. In addition, interns can participate in international conferences or become guest speakers of other conferences that are organized by the institute.

How does a virtual internship work? In ICRP, a virtual internship is just as enriching as a regular internship (perhaps, even better). From the solace of your home, you can work on your assigned individual or group tasks at your own pace. Due to the flexibility and degree of freedom that this virtual internship offers, you can do what you want while doing this internship; you can get a job, pursue your studies, or even go on vacation. But you are expected to respect the deadlines that you and your colleagues set for yourselves.

Although we are granted a lot of autonomy in the sense that we set our own deadlines and working hours, we are required to attend a weekly online meeting (usually Tuesdays) to discuss projects, deadlines, goals, and other issues. Correspondence is not limited to this meeting, as you can freely ask for guidance–through social media, online correspondence, or phone call–from the supervisors even if regular office hours are over. Experienced supervisors are always there to answer your questions and aid you on your tasks whenever you need clarification or suggestions.

You may not be able to meet people in a traditional office setting, but you will get to meet and work with several talented and knowledgeable people from all around the world. Not only do you work with them, but you also learn from them. In this internship, we are placed in coordinator and team member positions. In this sense, we get practical experience in the dynamics of teamwork from both roles. The connections you build are not only limited in one country, as you get the opportunity to work with and learn from a culturally diverse set of people from all over the world and expand your network globally.


Frequently Asked Questions  

Q) Can anyone join ICRP as an international intern?

Absolutely! The ICRP is looking to expand its international network and therefore welcomes individuals from around the world to take part in the virtual internship.

Q) Are there any requirements to join?

The basic eligibility criteria states that applicants should be students or entry-level professionals in fields related to: journalism, social studies, law, economics, international relations, political science, or other relevant areas.

Additionally, it is also required that individuals have a high level of English – both written and spoken – as well as access to the internet and electronic devices throughout the internship.

Q) What is the application procedure?

In order to apply for a virtual internship, one must send their CV and cover letter – which should include the individual’s background and interests, reasons for applying, specification of proposed dates and period, as well as one of the preferred responsibilities.

Once you have submitted the application, the CEO of the organization will review it and decide whether you should be short-listed for an online interview. After having successfully conducted the interview, the CEO will contact you with an offer to pursue the virtual internship.

Q) What are the benefits of undertaking a virtual internship – specifically at ICRP?

Undertaking a virtual internship provides you with the opportunity to work from the comfort of your own home. Specifically working with the ICRP, you have the chance to expand your network, enhance your remote working skills, receive professional development and gain access to an international work environment.


Tips for a successful virtual internship

Virtual internships are a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience, while being able to keep a flexible schedule. Following the suggested tips and guidelines below, will ensure that individuals have a rewarding virtual experience.

  • Set goals and know the expectations

At the beginning of your internship, be clear about your work goals and expectations. It is a good idea to schedule a meeting beforehand to discuss your future plans and your mode of work with your supervisor. Also ask your supervisor about any ongoing projects and learn about their expectations and deadlines.

  • Communication

Communication is different when you’re working remotely. Most will happen through chats, email, and video calls, so you cannot rely on in-person connections to clarify something. Therefore, it is vital that you maintain and emphasize communication with your supervisor and colleagues. As an internship is an opportunity to learn, do not be afraid to ask for help if you are confused.

  • Time management

Keep track of important dates and assignments and be sure to submit work in a timely fashion. (Consider keeping a calendar to keep track of deadlines). Complete assignments on time and let your supervisor know in case you are falling behind on your tasks. It is important to limit distractions and treat your working time seriously.

  • Create your own professional environment

Even if you are not in a traditional office, making an effort to dress professionally will help you stay motivated and get into a work mindset. Set up a workspace in your home that will serve as an office. Keep a planner to write down your day-to-day responsibilities and priorities and make sure to finish them on time.

  • Keep a work-life balance 

Do not get overboard with your work. Internships can be hectic, especially for newcomers. Try to follow a work routine, as this will save time for you to relax and do other things. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and have too much work to do, communicate with your supervisor or colleagues on how you can be more efficient.


Testimonials from ICRP virtual interns  

“As a student transitioning into a postgraduate degree in intelligence and International Security, I hoped that the ICRP Internship would provide me the opportunity to become more connected with the subject of international relations. This coupled with the experience of working in an institute with people from across the world with like-minded interests compelled me to apply for the internship position.” Scott – United Kingdom

“I joined ICRP to get experience in the field of International Relations. I find that the ICRP is the platform which provides practical education to get acquainted with cultures and international relations by providing opportunities to meet diplomats and decision-makers which helps to get informed about the latest developments in world politics.” Salman – Pakistan

“I like the diversity in the ICRP community and the fact that they allow interns to work independently.” Tergel – Mongolia

“This internship has provided me with an excellent opportunity to gain insightful hands on experience while working on interesting and relevant topics. Being alongside such an international team of interns also creates an all the more enriching experience.” Maïa – France

Written by Katarína Hrušková, Lou Lauren Manalo, Weronika Woźniak, Zakiya Girach, Augustus Fernandez

Further information:
internship@culturalrelations.org
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