Internship Opportunity for Roma Students

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.







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