FLEX alumni are eligible to apply for part-time 3-month internships in the government of Kyrgyzstan. Alumni interested in participating must be in strong academic standing, currently in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of university and must submit their CV (in Russian and English) and a one-page statement of purpose detailing how this internship will contribute to their future personal or career goals.
In 2010, the former President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbayeva called on young, patriotic citizens with international education and experience to join the new government and to take a more active role in the political process. Directly addressing this request, American Councils and the U.S. Embassy created the FLEX Exchanges to Internships program. Since the program’s start, approximately 60 FLEX alumni have had a chance to gain real experience in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government over the past three years. Finalists will be assigned to intern within a government body for 3-months (March-May 2017). Interns will work approximately 15 hours/week, receive a monthly stipend, and will be awarded certificates upon completion. Every effort will be made to accommodate interns’ university schedules. Interns will be expected to complete monthly and final reports and to work in cooperation with representatives from their ministry to develop a joint small grant project. Duties within the internship will be determined on the basis of student’s placement and in discussion with the office within which they are placed. Interns’ professional goals, university specialization, and government needs will be taken into consideration during the placement process. Internship placement is completed in close collaboration with representatives of each participating Kyrgyz government institution. Selection and Placement
To be considered, alumni must be in strong academic standing, currently in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of university and must submit their CV (English and Russian versions) and a one-page statement of purpose detailing how this internship will contribute to their future personal or career goals. Essays should additionally provide information on how the candidate’s past experiences will help them to be successful in the internship position.Up to 10 FLEX alumni will be awarded internships pending donor funding decision. Requirements:
START DATE: Internships will begin approximately March 1, 2017.
TO APPLY:Please send statement of purpose and resume/CV to Sung In Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org and CC to Irina Zaplatina at email@example.com. Please include “FLEX Exchanges to Internships 2017” in the subject line of your email.
Applications will be accepted until 5PM Monday, February 13, 2017