Diplomatic Internship in Embassy, Middle Eastern Applicant, European, Kurdish from Iraq

I hope to be selected for an internship position at the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in XXXX so that I can gain most valuable experience in project coordination and increase my engagement with people from my family's land of origin, Iraq. My most important qualification, as I see it, is my passion for helping refugees from my native land, all Iraqis and Arab speakers more generally, not just Kurds. Nevertheless, I keenly look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program as a young woman who is half European and half Kurdish, I have spent years reading about events in my family’s homeland, the Kurdish areas of Iraq in particular.

As an Austrian citizen with Kurdish roots, issues of cultural diversity, migration, and the situation of minorities, especially in Europe and most particularly XXXX, have captivated my priority attention for years, particularly because of the desperate and tragic situation of so many people suffering from and often fleeing violence in the Middle East and Central Asia. For most if not all of them, desperately seeking safety in Europe, the past couple of decades have seen great struggle, migrancy, poverty, the misery of refugee camps and I have followed the stories of many of them. I am especially concerned with child refugees who are particularly vulnerable and in need of our support.

I have experience working on projects designed to help improve sociocultural integration in the host society, Austria, and cared for refugees, especially minors and particularly unaccompanied minors. Currently a third-year Political Science major at the University of XXXX, I have completed courses in International Politics, the Austrian Political System, and the EU, as well as Culture and Politics which helped me to think in a more in-depth and sophisticated fashion about foreign affairs, international relations, and the critical role of culture and its mediation as an integral part of social and immigration policy.

Another highly relevant career experience that I have enjoyed enormously has been working with the Initiative for Minorities in XXXX. In this position I have very much improved my research skills, and learned to keep an open mind, always with a positive attitude. I thrive on building mutual trust and confidence, and always making a genuine effort to relate well to all individuals and groups on the basis of common ground. While I was working on a course project with the Museum of Applied Arts and the University of Applied Arts, I experienced art as a huge part of the focus and interest of young people, and instrinsic to their way of communicating through the exchange of art. We developed an educational concept based on the assumption that a welcoming environment in museums should be inclusive and must be actively created; as a process in which refugees play an important role and benefit as well from the cultural enrichment and a sense of belonging in the welcoming nation and its culture. My colleagues and I worked hard in this program to bridge and negotiate cultural identities emergent among young migrants. Finally, as part of the association Train of Hope, I have experience serving as a language companion, helping refugess to improve thier basic communication ability in German and better understand cultural differences so as to better facilitate thier integration into Austrian society. I keenly look forward to continuing to build upon my experience by giving my all to your internship program at the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in XXXX. This privilege will go a long way to prepare me for making my fullest contribution to my society and my peoples. I thank you for considering my application.

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