Serbia & Kosovo

Virtual Internship in Transitional Justice, Human Rights & Memory Activism

Explore justice, human rights, and memory in post-conflict societies and contribute to the work of an important organization with a meaningful internship.

At a Glance






Sep 26 – Dec 16

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Critical Global Issue of Study

Peace & Justice

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This remote virtual internship and seminar invites you to explore transitional justice, human rights, and memory studies in post-conflict societies. You will first attend a series of lectures introducing the sociopolitical and historical context of the Balkans in recent decades, including the break-up of Yugoslavia, the wars of the 1990s, and post-war processes of transition as related to peacebuilding and social change. You will be introduced to the work of local civil society actors including those engaging in memory activism, human rights, and other forms of engaged citizenship. Following this introduction, you will be matched with a local organization and mentor to complete a 12-week online internship, which includes a weekly online reflection session.

You will be expected to devote approximately 12-15 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your Academic Director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Work with leading civil society organizations from Serbia and Kosovo. 
  • Gain professional, intercultural experience through a virtual internship.
  • Learn about issues of justice and memory in southeast Europe, the western Balkans and Serbia and/or Kosovo.
  • Contribute to the work of local groups and their quest for social justice, human rights, and the right to memory. 




Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate awareness of the ethics involved in doing an internship in the context of Serbia and the western Balkans. 
  • Synthesize the learning internship experience in the form of an internship paper and oral presentation. 
  • Examine themes related to transitional justice/human rights/memory processes in post-conflict societies and particularly in Serbia. 
  • Assess the challenges of one’s own positionality in a post-conflict environment. 
  • Gain access to a large network of civil society organizations in the Balkans. 
  • Develop conversational and communicative skills in Serbian. 

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Program Components

  • Examine justice, memory, and human rights in Serbia and Kosovo
  • Explore civil society in South East Europe and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia
  • Consider the ethical implications and consequences of interning in another culture
  • Describe and analyze your internship experience through a final paper and oral presentation

Virtual Internship & Seminar

Career Paths

  • Fulbright Research Scholar in Serbia or Kosovo

  • Fulbright Scholar Teaching English in Serbia or Kosovo 

  • University professor

  • Team member for US-based NGOs, such as NED Sites of Conscience, and international NGOs, such as the Soros Foundation

Faculty & Staff

Serbia & Kosovo: Virtual Internship in Transitional Justice, Human Rights & Memory Activism

Orli Fridman, PhD
Aleksandar Skundric

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  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $2,340. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.