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Intern-Eurasia Program at Open Society Foundations

OSF’s Eurasia Program works to deepen civil society, uphold human rights, and maintain space for independent debate and discussion in Eastern Europe (Moldova, Ukraine), Russia, the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). The program is advanced through grantmaking, advocacy and research, regional initiatives, and close engagement with local Open Society foundations. We believe that a vital civil society is fundamental to the promotion of democratic governance and government accountability.

Throughout the region, the program works with a wide range of partners from all sectors of civil society, with a particular focus on the following:

 •Promoting human rights;

 •Combatting corruption;

 •Strengthening independent, alternative, and social media;

 •Securing access to justice for marginalized groups;

 •Creating and maintaining platforms for debate and civic engagement;

 •Integrating local actors into the global exchange of ideas.


The objective of the internship program with OSF’s Eurasia Program is to train participants on some of the methodologies used by public interest advocacy groups like OSF to closely monitor the social, political and economic environment in the region.


Interns will be instructed, and receive hands-on training, in the promotion of human rights, civil society, rule of law and access to information, including but not limited to, the identification of an injustice to be remedied, the formulation of a comprehensive action plan, and the research and writing involved in studies associated with the program. The interns will receive their training in the context of OSF’s Eurasia Program.

With close supervision by an assigned mentor, interns will learn about the various tools available for researching issues and engaging in oral and written persuasive techniques related to human rights related initiatives.

Over the course of the internship, they will gain an in-depth understanding of the region’s NGO sector and human rights community – ranging from strategic litigation to cultural initiatives to online platforms for debate and discussion.

Interns will receive hands-on research and writing experience by assisting OSF in monitoring regional Russian and English language news outlets for information on the political, social and economic context relevant to the Eurasia Program, translate short documents from Russian to English and provide summaries and critiques of grant reports. Interns also will learn the communication skills that are required in international grantmaking initiatives like the Eurasia Program by, among other things, assisting in the drafting of related correspondence and participating in conference calls.


For this internship program, OSF is seeking individuals currently enrolled in a relevant Graduate/Undergraduate/Law Degree program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidates will have strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills, a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail, and be proficient in Russian and/or other regional languages.

Upon acceptance, interns will need to provide a letter from their university indicating that they are receiving credit and/or funding for the internship.

COMPENSATION:  Unpaid, lunch provided.


Please send a letter of interest and resume experience by May 23, 2014 to  Include the internship code in subject line: Intern-EP

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Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders Fellowship

The Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute are currently accepting applications for the Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders (ACCEL) Fellowship. ACCEL aims to train the next generation of Arctic Ambassadors and is a unique summer opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, interested in building careers focused on international security, environmental issues, shipping and trade, energy and natural resources, or public relations and diplomacy.  Two paid positions are available in Washington, DC and Berlin for ACCEL fellows dedicated to helping launch this program.  Fellows will receive a living stipend, expenses-paid participation in the Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, September 5-7, 2014, access to Ecologic’s Arctic Summer College summer seminars, and unparalleled networking in the global Arctic community.

ACCEL Fellows will be chosen through an online essay contest with public voting to select winners.  More information about the fellowship and the application process can be found at

The application has two deadlines: March 30 and April 13.  Applications can be submitted at

We would greatly appreciate any assistance you could provide helping us identify candidates for the fellowship and spreading the word about this exciting and unique opportunity. If you know of any exceptional individuals who might be interested in this fellowship, please feel free to share this announcement with them as well as your networks. If you have any questions, please contact Atlantic Council Young Atlanticist Assistant Director Daniel Bennett at

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Bard college meeting on Ukraine crisis

On 3/7, Olena Tregub, Global Education Leadership Founder and CEO, and Political Analyst, spoke at an informal, off-the-record roundtable to a small group of BGIA students, alumni, faculty, and members of the diplomatic community about events unfolding in Ukraine. Tregub’s informative presentation allowed the audience to gain a deeper understanding of the situation on the ground and to cut through some of the misinformation that has emerged.

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Olena to speak at the European conference at Harvard, March 1, 3 p.m.

Dear GEL alumni and friends,

If you are in Boston are, let us know! Olena will be at the European conference at Harvard Kennedy School of Government John F.Kennedy Jr.Forum.

This year’s theme is “Europe 2014: Re-Generation” with which we aim to bring forward discussions from politics, business, and diplomacy that are imminent to our generation, such as youth unemployment, online economy, and protest movements.

Olena’s panel is “Demanding Democracy: The Role of Protests and Media”

The past few years have seen a sharp increase in the number of popular protests in Europe. In Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Turkey or Ukraine, youth-led movements have challenged governments in the streets, whether against deeply unpopular austerity measures, rampant corruption and inefficient governance, or increasingly authoritarian behavior by their leaders.
Despite methods and strategies that differ from country to country, with much innovation and creativity, protestors all face the same challenges: how to make their voices heard. Access to the media, in particular, is seen by both protestors and governments as key to advance their interests. Has the increasing importance of social media and the ease to produce persuasive content, empowered populations or conversely increased governments’ ability to control dissent?

To learn more about the European conference at Harvard visit the official website. 


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Olena to speak at the US-Ukrainian Summit in DC, 20 June, 2013

GEL’s CEO Olena Tregub to speak at the US-Ukrainian Summit. The event is open to public. All GEL alumni and students interested in Ukraine are invited to attend!

When: June 20, 2013, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Where: The University Club of Washington DC/1135 16th Street [Embassy Row]

See the program of the Summit below:

US-UA Working Group Yearly Summit I: Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM        Registration 

9:00 AM – 10:10 AM     Plenary Session I 

Theme: Robust Democratic Politics – Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Bohdan Futey (US Court of Federal Claims)


  • Iryna Bekeshkina (Democratic Initiatives Foundation)
  • Steven Nix (International Republican Institute)
  • Laura Jewett (National Democratic Institute)
  • Orest Deychakiwsky (US Helsinki Commmission)

10:10 AM – 11:20 AM     Plenary Session II

Theme: Developed Market Economics – Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • John O’Keefe (Open World Program)


  • Keith Crane (RAND Corporation)
  • Ihor Burakowsky  (Institute for Policy Consulting and Economic Research)
  • Edilberto Segura (Blezyer Foundation)
  • Lev Holubec (PriceWaterhouseCooper)

11:20 AM – 12:30 PM      Roundtable Plenary Session III

Theme: Ever Greater General Security – Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • William Courtney (Computer Sciences Corporation)


  • John Herbst (National Defense University)
  • Steven Blank (US Army War College)
  • Steven Larabbee (RAND Cooperation)
  • James Greene (Effective Engagement Strategies)


12:30 PM – 1:10 PM   Working Lunch 

Theme: Why a Free, Stable and Prosperous Ukraine Still Matters—US Government Perspective


  • Wayne Merry (American Foreign Policy Council)

Featured Speaker:

  •  Thomas Melia (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State/DRL)


1:10 PM – 2:20 PM       Roundtable Plenary Session IV

Theme: Ever Greater Energy Security – Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Ilan Berman (American Foreign Policy Council)


  • Ariel Cohen (Heritage Foundation)
  • Keith Smith (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
  • Frank Mermoud (Cub Energy Corp.)
  • Roman Nitsovych (DiXi Group/ 


2:20 PM – 3:30 PM    Roundtable Plenary Session V

Theme: Viable Social Cohesion – Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • Lewis Madanick (Open World Program)


  • Volodymyr Dubovyk  (Odessa National University)
  • Steven Pifer (Brookings Institution)
  • Idil Izmirli (George Mason University)
  • Valerii Kuchynskyj (Columbia University)


3:30 PM – 4:40 PM    Roundtable Plenary Session VI

Theme: Established National Identity – Assessing Ukraine’s Progress/Regress


  • William Miller (Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson International Center)


  • Alexander Bohomolov (UA Association of Middle East Studies)
  • Nadia Diuk (National Endowment for Democracy)
  • Olena Tregub (Global Education Leadership)
  • Gennadi Poberezny (Harvard University)

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM    Closing Remarks Ceremony

Theme: Why a Free, Stable and Prosperous Ukraine Still Matters—US NGO Perspective


  • Tamara Olexy (Ukrainian Congress Committee of America)

Featured Speaker:

  •  Susan Corke (Executive Director for Eurasia/Freedom House)


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Patrons’ Reception  

[Venue: American Foreign Policy Council/Center for US Ukrainian Relations DC Bureau]

For more information visit organizers’ website – Center for US-Ukrainian Relations.

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