ByREDI Editor

Internship Opportunity for Roma Students

Starting date:                            Shortly after the confirmation of candidate

Application deadline:            December 31, 2017

Full/ PartTime:                        Fulltime

Period:                                           6 months

Countries:                                   Romania, Bulgaria  – on going

(Macedonia and Serbia – selection DONE)


The Roma Education Fund (REF) and the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) invites applications for two internship positions at the microfinance institutions in each of the following countries:  Romania, Bulgaria (Macedonia and Serbia). The main aim of the internship is to provide on the job training for young Roma students/graduates and enable them to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day to day work of the Loan officers at the financial institutions. In addition, the aim is to introduce Roma graduates to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.


The interns will be based at the microfinance institutions that are partners with the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative:

  • Romania: FAER, Romcom, Good.bee; Mures, Cluj, Oradea, Timisoara, Craiova, Galati/Braila, etc
  • Bulgaria: Mikrofond – Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Montana, Vidin
  • Macedonia: Horizonti – Skopje
  • Serbia: Agroinvest–Belgrade, Valjevo, Leskovac, Kragujevac, Vranje, Cacak, Nis


This internship scheme is offered to candidates of Romani background who have completed either a post-secondary education (bachelor degree or equivalent) or are current students at their last year of studies – beneficiaries of the REF scholarship. The internships are paid covering all the cost of the students and monthly allowance.



The main responsibility will be delegated by the host organization, and additional obligationwill be required:


  • monthly reporting and evaluation on the progress towards personal development objectives;
  • assisting to the project manager in organizing events for Roma entrepreneurs
  • attending meeting with the project manager
  • attending the seminars and presentations
  • contributing to the visibility o fthe REDI and dissemination of information (studies, publications,presentations,press releases,etc.)



This opportunity is available for students and graduates interested for professional development in the area of finance. The REF scholarship alumni are encouraged to apply. It is expected from the candidates to:


  • Student or graduated in the area of economy, finance, public policy, business administration, banking, law, politics, etc
  • A minimum of English language level B1, the knowledge of Romanes is strong advantage
  • Excellent communication
  • Have a desire to acquire practical and professional experience in the area of risk assessment
  • Interested to join a dynamic field, that will open many opportunities for a career later on.


Personal attitudes: initiative and responsibility, result oriented and sense of continuous improvement,concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy, adaptability, self-management anddevelopment,open to operate in different environments and field work in communities

Personal values:integrity,loyalty and conscientiousness,discretion,independence and confidence,respect for diversity.




The interns will be selected through a competitive selection process based on the relevance of the applicant’s career goals, previous working experience and motivation. The short-listed candidates will be called for an interview. Applicants will benotified of the result of the evaluation process by July 25th2017.


How to apply?

Please send your complete application package– writing in the Subject Line:REF-REDI Internship

The application package is consisted of:

  • Your CV,
  • Motivation letter(in English or native language), explaining how the internship can benefit you, specifying your main skills and interests, including a short explanation and your perception on the current stage of the Rome entrepreneurs, their weaknesses and the potential of the Roma entrepreneurs in your country.


All the documentation package you can send it in your native languages to the above-mentioned addresses. Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us.







ByREDI Editor

Entrepreneurship Initiative Questionnaire (REDI)

Entrepreneurship Initiative Questionnaire (REDI) on entrepreneurship addressed to former beneficiaries of the REF scholarship program






Two internship positions: 6-12 months, paid internship at REDI


Central European University and the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative invite applications for two intern positions to be hosted by the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative as part of the Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative. The positions are for six months or one year (depending on results). The interns will work under the supervision on the chairman of the executive board and will be engaged in the development and conceptualization of two components of the 2018-2022 strategy.

One intern will be mainly based in Brussels and will follow-up developments / meetings and agendas for the following programs: Erasmus+, Youth Guarantee, COSME, Western Balkan Framework and EaSI programs. Additionally, the intern is expected to provide support to the communication team.

A second intern will be based in a city of his/her preference (Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, etc.,) and shall be in charge of understanding the key components of an entrepreneurship development program developed by a leading US institution. The intern is expected to propose a series of needed adaptations, build partnerships, define strict requirements and identify resources to see the project come to life.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and a cover letter in English explaining why you believe this Internship fits you, specifying your main skills and interests, including the area in which you would like to work and how you think the Internship would help you develop a career in your area of interest. You should also provide the contact details of two recent employers or supervisors whom we could contact for references.

Please send your complete application package to writing in the Subject Line: CEU-REDI Internship.

Selection Criteria

The interns will be selected through a competitive selection process based on the relevance of the applicant’s career goals, previous working experience and motivation. Applicants will be notified of the result of the evaluation process by mid of May 2017 the latest.

Duration and conditions of Internships: 6 months or one year

Call details HERE




ByREDI Editor

CONTEST REDI – “Romania Start-up Nation”

CONTEST REDI – Support and professional assistance dedicated to Roma entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs * Roma communities, in preparing the project for the “Romania Start-up Nation”

By filling in the below questionaire, you enter the contest organized by REDI Romania and can benefit from a complete package of services from our consultants to be enrolled in the national competition for start-ups ‘Romania Start-Up Nation’.

Completeaza formular

For more info’s please read : GHID concurs REDI

ByREDI Editor

REDI – Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative

We’re happy to announce that the REDI pilot project finished successfully back in December 2016.
The main focus of REDI was to determine the entrepreneurship potential in Roma communities from Romania and Bulgaria, the development potential of Roma communities using entrepreneurship, as well as the barriers faced by Roma entrepreneurs in accessing products offered by mainstream financial institutions.
Our pilot project’s most important achievements are: a database of 1106 existing Roma entrepreneurs in Romania and Bulgaria, strategic partnerships with 3 local microfinance institutions, who agreed to set-up earmarked portfolios for Roma entrepreneurs but also collaborate much closer with the REDI field teams in 2017.

ByREDI Editor

REDI new step forward

Since January this year, REDI NGO has taken over the role of supporting the Roma entrepreneurs!
In the first half of the year, we’re in process of preparing the structure capable to work with various stakeholders, following in the second part to attract necessary funding to establish a Social Investment Fund!
RE(A)DI – Entrepreneurship for everyone! – Join us today and become a member of our community !!