CrossCulture Programme

About the CrossCulture Programme:
The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) is an exchange and dialogue programme of ifa (Institut für Auslands­beziehungen), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. It offers young professionals and committed volunteers the opportunity to expand their professional and intercultural competence as well as to gather international experience through a job-related stay in another cultural context.
Participants from abroad will be integrated into a host organisation in Germany, while participants from Germany will conduct their job-related stay in one of the eligible countries. Besides the objectives of vocational qualification, they also gain an insight into the cultural, social and political structures in the host country, establish new personal and professional contacts and familiarise themselves with cultural characteristics of the host country. Thus, the programme fosters open dialogue and mutual learning for all involved. Additionally, the intercultural exchange boosts the formation of networks between organisations in Germany and participating countries in a sustained manner. Further information about CCP on 

CrossCulture Eastern Partnership and Russia
With the CrossCulture Programme “Eastern Partnership and Russia”, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) as a partner of the Federal Foreign Office supports collaboration and networking between Germany, Russia and the six countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). The programme offers young professionals from the participating countries the opportunity to gain professional experience in Germany and to act as multipliers in their home countries. The programme is designed for people committed to improving society through their work in relevant organisations. The target groups are young professionals and volunteers from various areas within the civil society and multipliers in organisations and media. Find out further information about the programme CCP Eastern Partnership and Russia

Requirements to participate in the programme: 
Applicants should have a good command of English and a permanent involvement in an organisation or institution in their home country. Knowledge of the German language is an additional qualification, not a requirement.
Applicants should be aged between 23 to 45 years. Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection.
Furthermore the applicants must be in good health. The physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the internship.
Eligible applicants should have the nationality of one of the participating countries. Please apply only if you are a national of the respective country or live there on a permanent basis.
Application procedure: 
The application has to be submitted exclusively online (via the application portal).
Please prepare the following mandatory documents for the upload:
1. A letter of motivation, describing your reasons to apply for an internship in Germany. Please use the template from our website.
2. Your CV with information about your current professional position.
3. Recommendation letter by your home organisation, showing their interest for your participation in the programme and their willingness to grant you a leave of absence. Please make use of the template on our website.
4. A portrait photograph 

The CCP team at ifa will screen all applications according to a set of criteria. Shortlisted applicants are invited for a personal interview at the German Embassy or via phone/skype. The final selection of CrossCulture Programme fellows is done in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. The nomination of the participants will be announced by the end of April 2017. Letters of refusal will be sent without further explanations. No one has the legal right to be selected for the CrossCulture Programme.

Deadline for application is 10 March 2017

Online application: Please have all required documents at hand before starting the application, since the system does not allow to temporary save an incomplete application and resume at a later point. Only complete applications including the a.m. documents will be processed!
Please do not create more than one account.

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If you are interested to apply, please choose your country of residence to get more information on the programmes' conditions: