Migration Research in Our Spotlight

Internship Program
In December 2013, the Civilitas Foundation secured funding from the Open Society Foundation’s Think Tank Fund for research fellowship on an issue that is not only a priority area for Civilitas, but Armenia’s policy context in general. Armenia undergoes strong migration flows, mainly outbound migration, which receive most of public attention and concern with much less policy, programs and public involvement in in-migration facilitation, despite Armenia being a receiving country for refugees (mainly of Armenian descent) from Syria and Iraq.

Civilitas’s new research fellow, Irena Grigoryan focuses on in-migration regulations, policies and programs implemented in Armenia and identification of gaps therein; reintegration practices and incentives for return in Armenia; and international best practices for enhancing in-migration and reintegration in Armenia.

Irena, who is a graduate of the European Master Program in Migration and Intercultural Relations taught in 4 European countries (www.emmir.org), was selected to the OSF Think Tank Fund’s Young Professional Development Program through a double-phased competition. “Return is neither a secondary stage in the migration circle, nor a regular act of natural comeback to the origin country. It is a key integral stage in the migration process, but receives little attention in the research and policy levels. Therefore, in order to have a balanced picture, it is important to research, discuss and communicate the data about in-migration flows to the country.” Having this motivation in mind, Irena is conducting research that will result in a policy paper and public discussion on in-migration, and we hope that the recommendations of this paper will clarify and set new items on the Armenian migration policy agenda.

Civilitas is privileged that such fellowships also have input in CivilNet’s programs and products. This CivilMult, for example, has been partly supported by the Young Professional Development Program, featuring remittances sent to Armenia by labor migrants and how these numbers are corelated with global trends.

We believe that this fellowship will provide Irena with valuable guidance and hands-on experience in the field of migration and will make Civilitas’s migration policy deliberations visible and relevant.
 

Hosting interns and volunteers

Internship Program
Civilitas continues to host volunteers and interns. In February, 2014, Birthright Armenia connected two new enthusiastic volunteers – Arsen Akopyants and Alan Vahe Grigorian – with Civilitas.

Arsen was born and raised in Kislovodsk, Russia. He is a graduate of Saint Petersburg State University with a specialization in International Relations and has experience in PR and lecturing. “I think that it’s very important to protect human rights and democracy in Armenia, to offer alternative views on issues,” says Arsen, explaining his motivation to volunteer at Civilitas and to contribute to the Russia-related media products of CivilNet.

Alan Vahe Grigorian is from California. He recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and is waiting to go to law school. Alan had been a Birthright volunteer in Armenia in 2013 and decided to volunteer at Civilitas because, “It offers a comprehensive opportunity to get acquainted with developments occurring in Armenia through various projects, reports and studies.” Alan will support CivilNet’s English language production crew in the coming few months.
We welcome our new volunteers and wish them an insightful experience at Civilitas.

Want to volunteer? Think about a 3 month stay at a central-Yerevan institution with excellent contacts and great outreach. Best of all, just working with our staff will give you language skills and insights hard to come by as a visitor.
 

Civilitas Foundation: Internship Program

Internship Program
PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Civilitas Foundation encourages the responsibility of every citizen to contribute to the realization of a functioning and prosperous democracy, and promotes the right of every individual to benefit from his/her full potential. The Foundation engages, supports Democracy and Development, giving context to participatory efforts, and facilitates and maximizes work already underway for deep democratization and just and sustainable development.

Knowledgeable, passionate, energetic college students are welcome to apply for internships within the Civilitas Foundation. Knowledge of languages is very useful, as is a patient and flexible disposition. Interns may express a preference for a specific type of task, but the final assignment rests with the Foundation’s senior staff.

Internships (lasting a minimum of 12 weeks) are available to select college students throughout the year, and to all applicants living in Armenia and/or abroad. Applications can be downloaded (pdf), or printed, completed and returned, together with a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. All applicants will receive a response within 2 weeks of submitting.


Intern Cost Responsibilities:
(for visitors from abroad)

  • Travel cost to and from Armenia
  • Housing in Armenia
  • Daily meals
  • Local excursions
  • Souvenirs and incidental expenses


HOW TO APPLY

Follow these simple steps to ensure your application is submitted to the Civilitas Foundation office, complete and correct:

Step 1: Complete the following application materials:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Information
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Health Information
  • Personal Statement

Step 2: Collect the following materials and submit along with application materials:

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Copy of Passport
  • Short writing sample
  • Unofficial transcript of grades

Step 3: Send your completed application packet to the Civilitas Foundation office, or send the digital copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please indicate in subject line that you're applying to the INTERNSHIP PROGRAM) or send us hardcopy in a large manila envelope to:

1 Northern Ave – Civilitas Foundation: "Internship Program"
9th Floor, Suite 30
Yerevan 0010, Armenia

Click HERE to download the application.


Application Packet Checklist:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Copy of Passport
  • Short writing sample
  • Unofficial transcript of grades


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

WHAT IS THE EXPECTED DURATION OF THE INTERNSHIP?

In order to be meaningful for the intern and for the Civilitas Foundation office, the internship should last a minimum of 12 weeks. Longer is also possible, and in some cases preferable.

WHAT DUTIES I WILL BE ASSIGNED?

Duties of the internship will vary depending on the needs of the Foundation, assigned tasks, and the capacity and interest of the potential intern.

HOW LONG ARE WORKDAYS?

Work hours are generally from 10:00 am until 6 pm, with a break for lunch. If there are specific projects, conferences, or deadlines, interns are expected to stay and help meet deadlines. On the other hand, part of the reason for doing this internship is to live and experience Armenia, and the Civilitas Foundation is prepared to be flexible to accommodate an intern’s needs.

WILL I BE WORKING WITH OTHER INTERNS?

Sometimes, but not always. It depends on the task assigned, and the time of year.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE AT THE CIVILITAS FOUNDATION?

Formal attire is required at all times. Jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable even in warm weather.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME TO WORK?

Aside from your laptop (if available), for daily usage, nothing specific is necessary, unless you feel you would like to bring your favorite dictionary.

IS READING AND WRITING ARMENIAN A REQUIREMENT?

Reading and writing Armenian is not required, but is always a plus.

IS THERE ANY SORT OF COMPENSATION?

There is no financial compensation or assistance provided. This is a non-paid internship. Compensation comes in the form of experience gained.

HOW LONG IS APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

You will receive an answer within 2 weeks of filing your application. There are no standard internship periods.

DO I INCLUDE THE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS ALONG WITH THE APPLICATION?

It is best to provide as much material as possible with your application.

IS THERE AN INTERVIEW PHASE?

There is either an in-person or a telephone interview prior to a selection decision being made.

WHERE WILL I LIVE WHILE INTERNING AT THE CIVILITAS FOUNDATION?

Room and board is not provided through the internship program; however, we can provide assistance in helping you look for appropriate lodging.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO LIVE IN YEREVAN?

Rent in the center of Yerevan for a one bedroom ranges about $300.00 (USD) and up.

HOW MUCH DOES AN AVERAGE MEAL COST AT A RESTAURANT IN YEREVAN?

An average meal costs around 1500.00 AMD, which is approximately $4.00 (USD). Meal prices can drastically rise depending on personal taste.

Other Questions:

WHERE DO I GET AN ARMENIAN VISA?

Everyone, except citizens of the Republic of Armenia, require a visa to enter Armenia.

Visas are available at the airport, upon arrival, at a cost of $40 (USD), for a 120 day SINGLE-entry period – Visa extensions ARE REQUIRED for stays longer than 120 days.

Alternatively, Armenian embassies and consulates around the world provide visas. Finally, a visa application can be filed on-line (www.armeniaforeignministry.com), and a visa can be issued electronically within 48 hours. In all cases, once an intern arrives in Armenia, the visa period (normally 120 days) will need to be extended.

Civilitas Foundation Contact Info.:
www.CivilitasFoundation.org

Office Address:

1 Northern Ave
9th Floor, Suite 30

Yerevan 0010, Armenia

Tel.: (+374 10) 500 119
or (+374 94) 800 754
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