Internship Opportunity for Young Roma at the Roma Education Fund (REF)

Internship Opportunity for Young Roma at the Roma Education Fund (REF)

Internship Application Deadline: April 25th, 2019

The mission and ultimate goal of the Roma Education Fund (REF) is to close the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma. In order to achieve this goal, REF supports policies and programs which ensure quality education for Roma, including the desegregation of education systems in the countries that were participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion, and in other interested countries. Preparation of this action is based on long-term implementation of actions aimed at supporting Roma children and youth at all educational levels, with the aim to introduce an integrated approach in the countries where REF already implements activities and to expand the activities to new areas/countries with a significant number of Roma population.

Internship positions are an important component of REF activities as they allow young educated Roma to get acquainted with the organization and the issues related to the education of Roma people in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Internships also help REF to establish a network of young and dynamic people who, upon completing their internship, will go on to support, in various ways, the objectives and mission of the Fund and Roma inclusion in conventional educational systems.

REF seeks to host one person for a paid internship at the Advocacy Unit of the foundation, under the supervision of the Policy and Advocacy Officer at the headquarters in Budapest.

The duration of the internship is for 6 months, 6 hours per day which is subject to renewal. The candidate ideally should be located in Hungary.


Candidate’s profile:

  • BA degree in social sciences such as political science, international relations, sociology,
    anthropology etc. 
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Past involvement in Roma education issues
  • Preferably REF beneficiary
  • Strong interest demonstrated in supporting advancement and inclusion of Roma;
  • Capacity to communicate well in English both in speaking and writing;
  • Use of Microsoft Office as well as the internet browsing software;
  • Preferably having Roma origin and knowledge of Romani language is an asset.



  • Conduct desk research support for the implementation of the Advocacy Plan of REF;
  • Prepare background documents and short reports based on researches and findings;
  • Support the work of Policy and Advocacy Officer and REF Staff;
  • Follow up and administration during meetings, seminars and conferences related to advocacy and at other REF events;

Please note that if you were previously an intern at REF, then you are ineligible for a second internship.

REF is committed to equality and equal opportunity principles when selecting the candidates.


The deadline to apply for the internship is Thursday, April 25th .

Interested candidates should submit their application package to:

The application package should contain a Euro pass CV and a motivation letter indicating the reasons for applying for an internship at REF. Further, the candidates requested to submit a completed information sheet on financial coverage. Please see the documents below for further details regarding the Internship position.