EWC wants to offer university students interested in our field the possibility to learn by doing, experiencing our work from within. This fall three interns will therefore join our team in Oslo.
“EWC works to help new generations develop skills, knowledge and attitudes to engage in their communities. We are therefore happy to welcome university students who are eager to work on issues that matters to young people: a more just and inclusive society with a room for all. Welcome Zaida, Ole and Iryna, you are the first ones, and we look forward to starting this new journey with the three of you!”, EWC Executive Director Ana Perona-Fjeldstad said.
When asked what is most important to remember when working at the EWC, the answer was swift “we are a team, we believe in what we do, and we can always get better”.
Below is a presentation of our three new interns. Welcome to the EWC team!
During her time at EWC, Iryna will work with the pre-school component of the Schools for Democracy project. She will coordinate with partners in Ukraine, support in implementation of project activities and assist in resource development.
Get to know Iryna:
I study informatics and language technology at the University of Oslo, where I have just started my second year. I also have a Master´s degree in Philology from Ukraine, and a professional background as a teacher.
I applied to the internship because of my background working with children, in school, but also in kindergarten in Ukraine and Norway, which I think will be useful for my work at EWC. I think it is very inspiring to live abroad and be able to work with a project that is improving the situation in my home country.
Firstly, I hope that I can use my experience and be helpful. I am very happy and proud to be part of the team, and I look forward to learning more about this extensive project. Also, I want to improve my language skills, I have not been in Norway that long, so hopefully we can meet more in the office, and I can practice Norwegian.
During her time at EWC, Saida will work with the programs and projects in the Youth Section, particularly the 22 July and Democratic Citizenship program and activities with youth groups and youth councils. She will assist in implementing learning activities, logistic and administration of projects.
Get to know Saida:
I study human geography at the University of Oslo. In August I began the third year of the bachelor´s degree.
I applied to the internship because I am interested in the topics that the centre works with. I am especially interested in youth participation, international cooperation and democracy. I have experience from several youth organizations, among others European Youth, and I think it is an exciting field.
I hope I get to learn more about how things work and are implemented in practice – through my studies we learn a lot about formalities and theory, so I look forward to learning from another perspective.
Ole Mathias Rustad
During his time at EWC, Ole will work with the programs and projects in the Youth Section, particularly the 22 July and Democratic Citizenship program and activities with students and teachers. He will assist in implementing learning activities, logistic and administration of projects.
Get to know Ole:
I study Russian at the University of Oslo, where I also have a Bachelor`s degree in International Studies.
I applied to the internship due to my interest in democracy and human rights. Observing the undemocratic development in several eastern Europen countries as well as examples of right-wing extremism in Norway, I find it meaningful and important to work with such topics that lies in the core of EWC.
I look forward to work with youth and develop their engagement for democratic citizenship and human rights. Moreover, I find it exciting to get to use my academic background in combination with my experience working with youth. I look forward to learn about the EWC and contribute to their important work!»