A tangible dialogue – CrossCulture internships


With its CrossCulture Programme (CCP), the ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) seeks to promote intercultural dialogue with Islamic societies as a partner of the Federal Foreign Office.

The CCP is geared towards socially engaged individuals aged 23 to 45 working in relevant organisations. They are given the opportunity to live, work and study in another cultural environment for two to three months. Young professionals and volunteers from Germany, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia get to enhance their professional and social skills and become acquainted with another culture.

CrossCulture grant recipients have the opportunity to work at a host country organisation during their stay. They are able to garner a wealth of experience in the process and can act as multipliers in their home countries. As well as learning on the job, the programme participants gain an insight into the social and political structures in the host country and familiarise themselves with cultural influences and patterns of behaviour. They also make important contacts that they can use for future collaboration after returning to their home countries. This intercultural exchange also boosts network-building between organisations in Germany and the Islamic world and encourages cross‑border cooperation.

Internships are offered in areas ranging from civic education, journalism and media to cultural work, education and the environment, as well as human rights and international affairs.

Moreover, since 2012 the CrossCulture Plus module has helped to promote small‑scale projects by CrossCulture alumni in Arab transition countries. These initiatives seek to strengthen civil society structures in the region.


Dr Eva Sodeik-Zecha
Head of CrossCulture Internships programme
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.
Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart
Tel +49 711 22 25 – 143
Fax +49 711 22 25 – 195

Tim Hülquist
Head of CrossCulture Plus
Tel +49 711 22 25 – 299

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