Current interns based at ECMI Flensburg office

Leyla Aliyeva (Azerbaijan)

Leyla studies Master in International Communication at Vilnius University. She got her bachelor degree at Baku State University, where her major was Regional Studies (Arabic Countries) with honors.

She comes from South Caucasus - Azerbaijan where you can see unique pattern of tolerance: coexistence of a number of nations and religious confessions. Leyla has a three year journalist career which has given her a chance to be in touch with ethnic minorities of her country.

She knows English, Russian, Turkish, Arabic and learns French. She is definitely interested in intercultural communication, affect of culture and language on communication. Leyla believes in that her language skills give her great opportunity to improve abilities and go deep in intercultural communication.

As an intern at the ECMI, she will be involved to the work of Eastern Partnership Team and assisting the projects under the supervision of Dr. Hanna Vasilevich.

Internship duration: July- September 2016


Azizzhon Berdykulov (Tajikistan)

Azizzhon Berdykulov is an alumnus of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek's MA Politics and Security Programme. Azizzhon’s research interests include ethnic minorities, democratization issues, elections, international development and regional integration. He is currently working as the Programme Assistant on the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption issues with the OSCE Office in Tajikistan. Azizzhon speaks English, Russian, Tajik, and Uzbek.

As an intern, Azizzhon will be assisting the Eastern Partnership Programme and working under supervision of Dr. Hanna Vasilevich. His internship is within frameworks of IFA Cross Culture Internship Programme.

Internship Duration: August 2016 - October 2016.


Diego Flores (Mexico)

Diego is enrolled at the double Master’s degree in European Studies from the Europa-Universität Flensburg and University of Southern Denmark. He is at the moment working on his master thesis with a focus on the rise of separatist sentiment in the autonomous region of Catalonia in Spain.

Diego is interested in immigration issues, European politics, euroscepticism, cross- border and regional issues, minority groups, issues related to racism, discrimination, separatism and nationalism.

As an intern at the ECMI, he will be assisting on the project related to Roma minorities within the cluster (Culture and Diversity) under the supervision of Dr. Zora Popova and working with the development of his thesis under the supervision of Dr. Mindaugas Kuklys.

Internship duration: July - September 2016


Frank Hopwood (Argentina/The Netherlands)

Frank is currently studying Minorities and Multilingualism at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He previously attended courses of the Bachelor of Communication Studies at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Frank is interested in the role of culture in political processes, power relations between majorities and minorities, the tension between group and individual rights, minority languages, processes of resignification (e.g. positive use of derogatory terms), countercultural movements and the tension between liberty and equality.

As an intern at the ECMI, he will be doing research on hate speech online, under the supervision of Senior Research Associate Dr. Raul Carstocea.

Internship duration: June-August 2016


Anna Muś (Poland)

Anna has started recently a PhD program in Political Science at University of Silesia. She graduated from University of Silesia College of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in June 2016. During her studies she obtained a BA in Political Science and MA in Law.

Her sphere of interests includes identities of people belonging to minorities, political behavior specific for minority communities and legal situation of minorities, especially focusing on Silesians.

At ECMI, Anna is assisting Dr. Raul Carstocea in one of the flagship projects the Minority Map and Timeline of Europe (MMTE). 

Internship duration: August-October 2016


Polina Sulima (Ukraine)

Polina is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Political Science at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Her course of study is focused on International Relations and Foreign Policy as well as International Organizations and Globalization.

Her areas of interest include Human Rights, European Minority Right, Minority Protection Regimes, Violent Conflict Prevention and Reconciliation.

As an intern, she will be assisting the project on the Minority Map and Timeline of Europe and the Eastern Partnership Programme.

Internship duration: July - September 2016


Marco Torresin (Italy)

Marco holds a bachelor degree in International Sciences of Diplomacy at the Trieste University, where in his bachelor thesis he focused on Hungarian history and the Hungarian minorities in central Europe. Currently he is enrolled at the MA European Studies Programme at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. He is at the moment working on his master thesis with a focus on the differences existing among extreme right populist parties around Europe.

Marco is interested in European politics, European contemporary history,constitutionalism, populism, euroscepticism and ethnic and historic minorities around Europe.

As an intern in ECMI, he is doing a research on populism in Italy and how it affects some of the historical minorities present in the Italian territory (German, Slovenian and Friulan). He is also working with the MMTE Project focusing on the historical minorities in Italy and the Italian minority in Slovenia.

Internship duration: June-August 2016


Current non-resident interns

Non-resident interns are not based at ECMI office, however, they assist ECMI Senior Researchers or project managers in various research related tasks. Current non-resident interns are involved in Media and Diversity project of the Cluster Culture and Diversity and the MMTE project.

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