Stella Aleksnayan (Armenia)
Stella Aleksnayan recieved MA in International Relations in Armenia in 2011 and was working in an Armenian bank as an adviser of international issues to the Chairman of Executive Board. She has also been engaged in trainings and projects dealing with coaching, women rights, youth exchanges and non formal education.
Currently Ms. Aleksnayan is pursuing her dual degree - MA/MSc in European Studies in Flensburg University and University of Southern Denmark. She is also freelancer trainer for European Union funded programs on youth exchanges, non formal education, consultancy for NGOs, human rights.
At ECMI she is working in the Justice and Governance cluster under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Osipov. Her scope of interests mostly is multi-ethnical coalition type organizations and major resource support schemes for minority organizations.
Internship duration: October 2013 - January 2014
Kavita Bapat (Canada)
Kavita Bapat graduated with Distinction from Carleton University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management specializing in International Studies. Ms. Bapat’s Honours Thesis on the ethno-political conflict in Kashmir was selected for publication in the Royal Canadian Military Institute’s SITREP Journal. During her undergraduate program Ms. Bapat spent a semester at Erasmus University in Rotterdam studying political economy, international governance and policymaking. She then worked as a research analyst and lead events coordinator for the Atlantic Council of Canada, a NATO-allied NGO. While at the Atlantic Council, Ms. Bapat published extensively on issues of international security, conflict and intelligence. She coordinated several high level political events at the national and international level.
Most recently, Ms. Bapat spent the summer interning at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Public Health in Luxembourg, where she worked with the Nutrition and Health Inequalities teams. Her responsibilities included drafting official replies to Parliamentary Questions, authoring briefings for meetings with external stakeholders, contributing to the creation of presentations at various regional conferences and providing commentary and analysis on governmental reports. Ms. Bapat also gained a thorough knowledge in drafting policy action for EU member states and stakeholders while contributing to drafting the Childhood Obesity Action Plan.
Currently Ms. Bapat is pursuing a collaborative M.A. in European Studies and Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies at the University of Toronto. At the ECMI she is working in the Politics & Civil Society cluster, assisting Dr. Andreea Carstocea in her work on the Roma and linguistic minorities in Eastern and Central Europe.
Internship Duration: October-December 2013
Martina Belmonte (Italy)
Martina Belmonte has just completed her MA course in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Public Choice at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where she tackled the problem of taking collective decisions under a multidisciplinary perspective. Her dissertation topic was EU labour migration policy, in particular concerning highly qualified immigrants. She spent the summer 2013 at the Institute for European Studies in Brussels as intern at the Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster.
Currently at the ECMI Ms. Belmonte is working within the Citizenship and Ethics Cluster on minority education, under the supervision of dr. Zora Popova.
Previously, she obtained an MA degree in Philosophy from the University of Pisa/Scuola Normale Superiore and spent one year at the University of Cambridge as Erasmus student. In her dissertation she combined gender studies and feminist epistemology with formal rational choice theory.
Her area of interests is broad and includes immigration policy, multiculturalism, gender studies and theories of rationality.
Internship duration: 23 Sept- 23 Dec 2013
Erma Mulabdic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Erma Mulabdic received her B.A. degree in English Language and Literature in 2009 from the University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). In 2011 Ms. Mulabdic obtained her M.A. degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South Eastern Europe administered by the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna. The focus of her thesis included research on postmodern conception of “otherness”, rise of xenophobia and racism in Europe and their implications for the rights of migrant workers. From 2008 to 2011 Ms. Mulabdic worked for a local civil society organization in BiH and shelter for women and children victims of violence, as a program assistant, delivering projects related to protection and promotion of women and children’s rights. From 2011 to 2012 Ms. Mulabdic worked for UNICEF BiH as Associate Child Protection Officer on programs related to protection of children from violence, abuse and neglect.
Currently, Ms. Mulabdic is pursuing her second M.A. at the University of Flensburg with the European Studies program. At ECMI she is pursuing her internship under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Osipov in the Justice and Governance cluster. During the three months internship program at ECMI Erma is intending to research about representation of minorities in terms of consultative and advisory bodies for minorities and their operation, umbrella civil society organizations of an individual minority and functioning of multiethnic organizations.
Internship duration: 1 October – 30 December
Ali Salem (Syria)
Ali Salem is a student in Flensburg University currently pursuing his Master degree in European Studies. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Economic (Business administration) from Damascus university in 2012.
Mr. Salem co-founded and participated in several projects and civil groups which helped the affected people of the war crisis in syria. These groups helped in; finding and providing shelter and food for the misplaced people, educating people more about the crisis and how to protect themselves, raising funds and all the necceray assistant they needed. He is also an active Member of JEF flensburg NGO (Young European Federalists) since june 2013.
In ECMI, Mr.Salem is assisting Senior Research Associate Dr. Andreea Carstocea in her research project about the Roma minority on “Assessing the Mechanisms for Roma Representation in Central Europe”.
Internship Duration: October - December 2013
Rukhshona Shokhumorova (Tajikistan)
Rukhshona Shokhumorova obtained B.A degree in Cultural Studies from Russian-Tajik (Slavic) University in 2011. Within her B.A. program she also successfully completed one academic year in the University of North Dakota studying Cultural Anthropology. From September 2010 until July 2012 Ms. Shokhumorova worked for the World Bank Community and Basic Health Project Implementation Union where she assisted local and international staff on the research in the area of maternal and child health in Tajikistan.
Currently Ms. Shokhumorova is pursuing M.A. degree in European Studies at Flensburg University. At ECMI she is pursuing her internship under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Osipov in the Justice and Governance cluster. During the three months internship program at ECMI Rukhshona is intending to research the legislation, regulations, by-laws and other legal provisions concerning Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in respective OSCE countries and will analyze the impact on/potential rights violation of minority CSOs.
Internship duration: 1 October - 30 December 2013
Anthony Stanley (UK)
Anthony obtained a BA degree in History from the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) in 2011, during which time he completed an Erasmus exchange year in Finland and acquired further knowledge of the Scandinavian, Baltic and Russian regions.
He is currently enrolled both at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Palacky University, Olomouc in the Czech Republic on the Erasmus Mundas MA course ; “Euroculture”. His master thesis will be written about European Union–Belarusian relations. To help him acquire greater knowledge of this topic, he completed an extra internship in Lithuania during summer 2013 at: “Belarus Human Rights House” located in Vilnius. Here he proof read a legal book entitled “Individual versus the State- abuses in Human Rights Violations”. He also made weeklong trip to Belarus arranged by BHRH.
During his time at ECMI- Anthony will be working on two projects, firstly;- a new project entitled “ The Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the North (including the Sami of Finland, Russia, Sweden and Norway) and the effects of climate change” under the supervision of Dr. Tove Hansen Malloy.
The other project is the ECMI Belarus Programme under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Osipov and Hanna Vasilevich.
Anthony has currently lived in seven European countries and his interests are broad including high diplomacy, cultural identity, National and Ethnic Minorities. He is also very much interested in the European Union’s “external relations” especially in regard to the Eastern Partnership, ENP and the Russian Federation.
Internship duration: 10 Sept- 31 Jan 2014
Sonja Wolf (Germany)
Sonja Wolf is currently pursuing a double Master’s degree in European Studies at University of Flensburg and University of Southern Denmark. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Flensburg in International Management.
The main research interests of Ms. Wolf are Minority Issues and Migration Policy. She has recently returned from Ireland where she spent an academic year and had the opportunity to take a handful of courses in Development Studies and Migration.
After finishing her studies, Ms. Wolf hopes to get the chance to pursue a doctorate and contribute to the studies of minorities and ways of their inclusion into society.
At ECMI she is engaged in the MMTE Project Development under the supervision of Forrest Kilimnik.
Internship ducation: July -December 2013
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