Internships

One of the objectives of the MIM is the construction, the consolidation and the enlargement of an international network of relations. The modules held in other European universities and the students arriving from partner and program universities will favor the growth of such network. The internships will represent an even important job experience when carried out in a different country. MIM students are therefore required to meet these expectations and to favor an exchange inside the workgroups in which they will be operating. They will be expected to encourage the communication within the group made of all the MIM students of the consortium of the three universities and with the students of the previous MIM master courses, so to create a truly cohesive MIM community. The circulation of information on bibliographies, conferences, jobs, scholarships is, in this respect, particularly appreciated inside the MIM.

To this end the consortium has a rich and well-established internship network, with agreements which have been in place for many years with NGOs, associations, international organizations located in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. So far, MIM host organisations have included (among others):

  • CIR – Consiglio Italiano Rifugiati, Roma (Italian Refugee Centre)
  • ALDA (Association of local and democracy agencies) Strasbourg
  • Paralleli – Istituto euromediterraneo del Nord Ovest,Torino (EuroMed Institute)
  • Students’ Affairs Department – Al-Quds Universit
  • MEDIA DIVERSITY INSTITUTE (London)
  • CeTuMA (Centre de Tunis pour la Migration et l’Asile), Sousse
  • Association ESCLAVAGE TOLERANCE ZERO, Marseille
  • AGIR Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources; Al Hoceima (Morocco)
  • Centre d’ Estudis sobre Inversions i Desenvolupament Catalunya -Marroc (CERID)
  • Fundación Tres Culturas (Seville)
  • IEMed (Barcelona)
  • Associació Cultural Ibn Batuta (Barcelona)
  • Patronal de la Petita i Mitjana Empresa a Catalunya (PIMEC) (Barcelona)
  • Fundació InterArts (Barcelona)
  • ACSUR Las Segovias (Barcelona)
  • Radio-Televisió Marroquina (Morocco)
  • AMSED (Francia)
  • GENERALITAT de Catalunya (Secretaria general de la Joventut) (Barcelona)
  • Casa Árabe (Madrid y Córdoba)
  • Museu de la Mediterrània (Torroella de Montgrí- Girona)
  • Collegi de Periodistes de Catalunya (Barcelona)
  • Observatorio Mediterráneo de la Comunicación (OMEC) – (Bellaterra-Barcelona)
  • CEDAL (Perú)
  • Ass. Hollaback; Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Conseil Général de l’Hérault (Montpellier)
  • Arc Latin (Montpellier)
  • Cimade (Montpellier)
  • DEFI (Montpellier)
  • IRD (Montpellier)
  • MSH (Montpellier)
  • Association Nouas (Montpellier)
  • Chambre de commerce (Montpellier)
  • UNHCR (Geneva)
  • UNHCR (Rabat)
  • Fondation Anna Lindh (Alexandria)
  • Conseil Général (Hérault)
  • OFII (Montpellier)
  • Embassy of Spain (Algeria)
  • Forum-Réfugiés (Paris)
  • IRMC (Tunis)
  • CIMADE (Montpellier)

The list is not static – indeed, one of the consortium’s ambitions is to extend the network to other areas in the future (especially Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Lebanon etc.), also by tapping into the alumni network. The best MIM students have often been recruited by the same organisations where they had spent their internship periods, but the value of these arrangements crucially goes beyond employment. Students have become multipliers, not only in terms of programme information and promotion, but also in terms of enhanced networking, career prospects, bridge building and needs assessment. A few examples:

  • FAL – Anna Lindh Foundation, Alessandria (Egypt) – the first student hosted by FAL was Irene Kontogiannis (2010-11) who, at the end of the internship period, signed a 3-year employment contract. In 2013 she helped introduce another MIM student, Alessia di Basilio (2012-13) who has also been recruited by FAL. Two months ago, FAL solicited the MIM consortium to send new interns
  • IEMed – European Institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona (Spain), where Laura Aimone (2005-06) and Elisabetta Ciuccarelli (2006-07) have been part of the staff since the end of their internship period. IEMed welcomes approx. two MIM students every year, for paid and/or unpaid internships;
  • ALDA (Association of local and democracy agencies), Strasbourg (France). An internship agreement was signed in 2013, thanks to a former MIM student Laura Odasso (2005-06), who went on to obtain a PhD in co-tutelle with in Strasbourg and has now been awarded a Marie Curie fellowship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles;
  • Danish Refugee Council, Tunis (Tunisia): two internships were offered in 2011, thanks to prof. Boubakri (University of Sousse) and one of the two student, Susanna Zanfrini, is now DRC project manager based in Tripoli (Libia). She has been invited to meet other MIM students in order to promote new collaborations;
  • OIM, Organisation Internationale pour les Migration, Bruxelles (Belgium). In 2004 e 2005, after their internship, two MIM students started to work at OIM. In 2013 Nicola Graviano was the referent for Giordania and he is now based in Toronto, Canada. Other MIM students – such as Giulia Miccichè (1999-2000) are based in Morocco (she has become project manager in programmes where MIM students spent their internship, and/or cooperates in specific issues. Silvia Coccioli graduated with a thesis on young migrants from Morocco, rooted in her internship experience;
  • CRFJ, Centre de Recherche Français à Jerusalem (Israel), is one of the associated partners. MIM organized the first internship in 2011 and three students have conducted research thesis in RIC (Compared International Relations): Giorgia Foscarini (2012-13), Emilio Maria Maroscia and Davide Ruscelli (2010-11).

Communication between former students/alumni and new MIM students is made possible thanks to mailing lists, Facebook, the website and through the direct participation of former students to the future editions of the programme as scholars, or as lecturers. Former MIM students are invited to keep in touch, communicating to the MIM staff their career advancements and their activities. They are also invited to present to students their experiences job-wise and research-wise, if related to the master course.