Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC)
    , 2021
    This is a remote volunteer opportunity.
     
    Since its establishment in 2011, PCRC’s based its work on successful partnerships and collaborations with numerous governmental, academic and nongovernmental organizations operating on local and national level such as the Srebrenica Memorial Center, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Humanitarian Law Center, Youth Initiative for Human Rights and REKOM.
     
    The Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) is a non-governmental organization based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), dedicated to restoring a culture of peace and preventing violent conflict and radicalization in the Western Balkans by creating, implementing and supporting unconventional and innovative approaches to peace education, post-conflict research, human rights and transitional justice. We strive for a society where people no longer perceive diversity as a source of conflict, but as the basis for prosperity. We are committed to establishing an environment where human rights are respected and the principles of transparency, accountability and the rule of law are upheld to support a healthy democracy. Our internship program has become a core part of our organization’s operations as our interns contribute their ideas and creativity to our projects and programs. The diversity of backgrounds, viewpoints and areas of expertise PCRC interns possess adds great value to making our organization truly unique. We receive approximately 300 internship applications per year. A total of 180 interns representing over 30 countries have successfully completed our program to date.
     

    Volunteer Responsibilities

    PCRC provides internship opportunities to local, regional and international youth in an effort to educate them about Bosnia’s conflict history and post- conflict present. In addition, working at PCRC allows interns the chance to directly participate in BiH’s peacebuilding process. Our program involves a wide-range of field activities and site visits designed to broaden interns’ knowledge in a variety of areas, including transitional justice, human rights and reconciliation. This is important because PCRC wants its interns to be able to share and disseminate the information they have learned in their own communities as well as utilize and apply their newly acquired skills towards their career goals. 
     
    Main summer internship activities include (all can and are adapted to virtual/remote work): 
    • Writing Balkan Diskurs Articles and PCRC's Blog Posts and research. Experienced/interested in writing volunteers will be responsible for producing articles for PCRC’s Balkan Diskurs online platform or PCRC's Blog throughout their internship. Balkan Diskurs is a regional multimedia network of writers, bloggers, multimedia artists, and activists who came together in response to the lack of objective, relevant, invigorating, independent regional media. Sometimes topics will be assigned, however, interns are encouraged to propose their own ideas related to their academic and personal backgrounds and interests. We work with our interns to set up interviews and help guide them during the publishing process.
    • PCRC Projects, Events and Other Tasks: Event planning, grant writing, interview transcription, editing, communications and outreach, social media management, research, and project development tasks are often delegated throughout the internship.
    • Meetings and Seminars: PCRC will organize meetings and seminars that are relevant to PCRC and/or interns’ research. Interns will be designated with various tasks during meetings, which include writing summaries, creating posts for social media and taking photographs. Interns will also be instructed to conduct background research about the organizations and people they will be meeting with and to draft questions to ask before any site visit. 
    • Other tasks as needed. 
     
    Selection criteria:
    • Interest in research related to historical dialogue, history, human rights, peacebuilding and similar 
    • Familiarity with history of Balkans 
    • Experience writing blogs, organizing events
    • Access to internet and availability to connect to PCRC staff on a regular basis
    • Availability to commit for a period of 8 weeks.
     

    Application Details

    To apply, students should email a cover letter and resume to ishr@columbia.edu with the subject line “SVP application - [Name of Organization].” Please submit your application as soon as possible but no later than March 15, 2021. Please indicate the organization(s) that you are interested in working with, and the relevance of this work to your studies. Applications and interview results will then be sent to the hosting organizations, which may request interviews. Final decisions will be announced by end of May.