Current interns based at ECMI Flensburg office
Brunild Xhili (Albania)
Brunild Xhili is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in European Studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Epoka University, Tirana. He has worked for different Research Institutes, conducting surveys related to different social topics. Furthermore, he worked with Open Society Foundation on European Social Survey Round 6. Brunild's research interests include minority issues in Balkans, mainly minority rights to education and minority languages.
He will be working at Culture and Diversity cluster for a media project. The project aims to collect national minority media in different European countries and create an online database. In addition, his research will include minority rights to education in Macedonia and implementation of Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA).
Internship duration: January - April 2015
Nazokat Kayumova (Uzbekistan)
Nazokatkhon Kayumova is from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She has graduated from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent with BA and MA in International relations. Recently, she has been doing her second MA in European studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg.
Internship duration: March – May 2015
Oleksandra Gipsh (Ukraine)
Oleksandra Gipsh is currently pursuing her master degree in European Studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF) and obtained a bachelor degree in Sociology from the National Aviation University based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Her areas of interest include: minority rights, with a particular focus on her home country – Ukraine. At the ECMI, Ms. Gipsh will work within the Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP), which aims to enhance governance and advance state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues according to European practices in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. She will focus on disseminating information about upcoming events and raising awareness on the rights of minorities, as well as increasing conversance on non-discrimination issues.
Mariia Kryvokhyzhyna (Ukraine)
Mariia is currently doing her Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies from the “Kiew-Mohyla Academy”, Kiev. Mariia’s research interests include minority rights in Eastern Europe, particular in Ukraine.
At ECMI, she will work within the Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP), that’s goal is to enhance governance and to advance state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues according to European practices in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. She has a particular interest in the state of the refugees, representatives of the Russian minority in Ukraine and Crimean tatar refugees in the continental Ukraine under current conditions.
Internship duration: October 2014 – March 2015
David Mastny (Czech Republic)
David Mastny is currently doing master's program Balkan, Eurasian and Central European studies and he received his bachelor's degree in International Area Studies, both at the Charles University in Prague. He also studied at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow as a visiting student.
During his studies, he focused on the field of ethno-political conflicts and wars in the former Soviet Union and he is interested in problems of the Russian diaspora in Europe and security and conflict resolution in the Caucasus. At ECMI, he will be working in the Justice and Government cluster and he will focus on ethno-political issues in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Also, he will participate in the Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP).
Internship period: March-May 2015
Claire Stevenson (USA)
Claire Stevenson, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in European Studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho, USA). Having studied geology during her bachelor's degree, Claire is also interested in how natural disasters disproportionately affect minority groups in Europe.
Claire is an intern with the ECMI's Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP), whose goals are to improve good governance and state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Her duties include proofreading official ECMI documents and reports, and helping monitor English-language news websites for articles about EPP initiatives.
Internship duration: March - June 2015
Hristiana Yovkova (Bulgaria)
Hristiana is a Master student currently pursuing a MSc in European Studies at Aalborg University. She holds a Bachelor in Economics and Accountancy from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia.
She is interested in working on challenging projects on European issues, mainly on topics such as human rights, home affairs, minorities, economic development, education and migration.
At ECMI, she will be working on the Minority Map and Timeline of Europe (MMTE), which is an online research tool that provides an impartial perspective and evaluation of minorities, minority issues, and minority-majority relations within all states and regions of Europe.
Internship duration: February – April 2015
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.
Ana Kedveš is currently an advanced master student majoring in Regional Cooperation and European Integration at the J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia, and holds a master degree in English Philology and Pedagogy. Her further education includes Karl-Franzens University summer programmes, trainings in conference interpreting, Croatian sign language, volunteers and project management, as well as various courses within the “Youth in Action” programme.
Dumitru Iulia Alina
Dumitru Iulia Alina is from Romania and currently she is student of MA course in Business, Language and Culture, the International Relations track at The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense. She has obtained a Bachelor degree in Economics and Finance from the Dunărea de Jos University in Galati.She is also involved in the International Campaign Team for the European Elections as a volunteer.
Sara recently obtained a Bachelor in Social Sciences with majors in Human Geography, Sociology and Anthropology from the University College Roosevelt, the International Honours College of Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. In September 2014, she will continue her studies at University College London with a Master in Urban Studies.
Her research interests cover issues related to urban diversity, minorities, social policies, and governance, with a special interest in the effects of discourses and perceptions on underprivileged groups.
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