Call for Applications: Internship at the Platform of European Memory and Conscience

 

Title: Intern – Platform of European Memory and Conscience

Preferred starting date: on mutual agreement

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Reports To: Managing Director

 

 

The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is a non-profit international non-governmental organisation – an interest association of legal persons founded according to the Civil Code of the Czech Republic. Established on 14 October 2011 in Prague by 20 founding Members from 12 EU Member States, the Platform currently brings together 62 public and private institutions and organisations from 20 countries – 14 EU Member States (Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, France), Ukraine, Moldova, Iceland, Albania, Canada and the United States of America, active in research, documentation, awareness raising and education about the totalitarian regimes which befell Europe in the 20th century. Its main goals are to prevent the resurgence of such regimes through informing future generations and strengthening European solidarity and unity through perspectives on our shared histories.

 

The Platform contributes to this goal through an annual Conference of its members, and various thematic events such as webinars and discussions throughout the year. It also runs a variety of educational projects, such as the ‘’Lest we Forget’’; Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe secondary school reader, so far published in 9 languages, the ‘’Iron Curtain Board game’’ and the ‘’Totalitarianism in Europe’’ travelling exhibition. It also manages the ‘’Justice 2.0’’ transitional justice for Communist crimes campaign, and lobbies the European Institutions for e.g., EP resolutions on remembrance and transitional justice, and the construction of a pan-European memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels. The activities of the Platform are thus very diverse and touch upon an interdisciplinary and intersectoral nexus between education, history, memory, transitional justice and European integration.

 

Our office is looking for a new intern with a passion for (contemporary) European History, transitional justice and education and awareness raising. They will be expected to be flexible, adaptive and creative in pursuing a very broad range of tasks as part of a small core team in our Prague office, with a lot of responsibility that requires excellent organisational, communication and project-management skills as well as a flexible, creative and open professional mindset and high ethical standards.

 

The experience will be a unique opportunity to apply theory into practice and become acquainted with a very wide network of academics, politicians, intellectuals and museum/memory institute directors working in the field of remembrance, history and political memory, including MEP’s and national political leaders connected to the broad scope of the Platform. You will also gain a lot of experience in e.g. EU non-profit organisations, project and event management, lobbying, fundraising and interest representation, as well as gain insights into the EU’s political functioning, especially around remembrance and public history/education policies and declarations.

 

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assisting the managing-director with a wide variety of event and project management;
  • Conducting research, analysis and reporting on various topics of concern to the Platform, predominantly in the fields of history and memory;
  • Drafting invitations, summaries and notes, press releases and other content;
  • Assisting the managing-director in managing social media, the website and other digital content;
  • Creating new content for the Platform’s databases, including the virtual library;
  • Assisting the managing-director in fundraising, interest representation and lobbying activities;
  • Advising the managing-director on matters relating to your respective field of expertise;

 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Prague-based candidacy preferred;
  • Minimum BA degree in History, European Affairs, Social Sciences, Communication or another relevant area of study;
  • Excellent command (minimum B2) of English. Second language skills in Czech, Polish, or another Central/Eastern European desired, but not required;
  • Knowledge of EU remembrance and public history policies, programs and institutes preferred, but not required;
  • Experience with working for public history projects, museum organisations or cultural exhibitions preferred, but not required;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) essential;
  • Proficiency with WordPress desired, but not required;
  • Experience in digital event management, including telecommunication software, is a plus;
  • Experience in Historical skills such as archival documentation, source analysis, and presentation desired, but not required;
  • Flexibility to multi-task, have an eye for detail, ability to perform under tight deadlines and work independently;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment, which may be under special circumstances concerning the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Conditions of Internship:

  • Preferred starting date: on mutual agreement.
  • Preferred length of traineeship: on mutual agreement.
  • Applicants should either be eligible for financial support under Erasmus(+) or receive assistance from another similar program.

 

Deadline for application: February 22nd, 2021

Please send your CV and motivation letter to teun.janssen@memoryandconscience.eu

Please note that only EU citizens or candidates with existing Czech work permits are eligible for this paid position.

The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is an Equal Opportunity Employer.