This summer I will be working at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Zagreb, Croatia for about eight weeks. I will assist on writing research papers about transitional justice within the region. The goals of this organization is to help deal with the past and reconciliation on multiple levels in Croatia. This opportunity seems perfect for me because I will build on my research skills and use the information to create new initiatives. Additionally, I am passionate about being abroad and immersing myself into new cultures, so I am excited to intern in Europe again!
One of my goals is to become more knowledgeable about Croatian history in general because I have not taken courses covering the information previously. This topic will be interesting to me because I will be researching Croatia in the 1990’s, which is less than 30 years ago! I am the most passionate about contemporary history and events so I think this is a great learning opportunity for me. Additionally, another goal is to grow my professional network and seek out others who hold positions I may want to fill after I graduate next year. This also relates to my internship position because I want to decide whether research would be something I want to continue doing.
For the most part, I see my internship as having many opportunities because everyone seems nice and willing to help me. They want me to make the most out of my short time here in Zagreb and are giving me recommendations of things to see and do. Additionally, they are helping me learn more about the Croatian history and culture in order for me to make sense of my research. Currently, I do not see any challenges because I am just excited to see what the next eight weeks holds!