The ECMI’s Internship Programme has operated since the establishment of the Centre. We consider it a very important part of our mission to offer young scholars an opportunity to experience the real world of international research and project work. Internship positions are considered part of our educational work, and we strive to make sure that participants have an opportunity to expand their academic knowledge as well as to fine-tune their practical skills.

The ECMI is an international institution. We work closely with the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the High Commissioner on National Minorities as well as with the European Commission and national governments throughout Europe. Our working language is English. In addition to research and project work, we also run an extensive publication programme, trainings and a summer school. Interns will be able to participate in all aspects of our work.  

The Programme recruits four times a year from an application roster solicited publicly as well as through special announcements for specific projects on the ECMI website.  

Participants are invited to specify in their application which Research area they wish to be considered for.


Internship periods

January to March
Deadline for application: 30 September
Notification: before 30 October

April to June
Deadline for application: 31 December
Notification: before 31 January

July to September
Deadline for application: 31 March
Notification: before 30 April

October to December
Deadline for application: 30 June
Notification: before 31 July

It is possible to negotiate other time slots upon request, especially to accommodate the different university terms in Europe and overseas. Please specify this in your application.


The Positions

As an ECMI intern, you will participate in the research and administration of the ongoing ECMI projects, under the direction of the responsible Senior Researcher or relevant ECMI researcher. Interns participate in all the activities of the Centre, and an excursion to visit the minority institutions in the region is offered once during each internship period.

As an intern you will also have the opportunity to work on your own research in agreement with your supervisor and under his or her guidance. A work plan setting out goals and objectives as well as specific tasks is usually drafted at the beginning of the internship.

Intern positions are normally full-time, but part-time is also possible in agreement with your supervisor. 

The internship positions are unpaid and the ECMI is not able to cover travel expenses.

There is a possibility to remunerate some interns through the Flensburg Stadt Fellowship. This provides accommodation in an apartment supplied by the Flensburg Town Hall for interns of lesser means. The selection of Flensburg Stadt Fellows is done on a case-by-case basis and only after successful application process has taken place. For more on the Flensburg Stadt Fellowships, please contact Maj-Britt R. Hansen at


How to apply

Application BY ELECTRONIC MAIL ONLY; no phone calls please. A letter of application including a research outline, with the reference "Internship programme", accompanied by a curriculum vitae, the names and contact details (including e-mail addresses) of three references, and an unedited writing sample in English (an extract of maximum 5 pages from a research paper not edited by someone else), should be sent to: Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen

Please specify when you would be available and the area you are interested in. Incomplete applications are not taken into consideration.

You will be contacted after an initial review and asked to provide academic/professional references in case you have been shortlisted.


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