Blinken OSA – Romaversitas Internship Program


Blinken OSA and the Romaversitas Foundation announce a joint internship program. We are looking for a Romani university student to participate in the processing of the Archives’s Roma-related collections, and attend the leadership training program of Romaversitas.

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA), an organizational unit of CEU at Budapest, is one of the largest archives on the Cold War and human rights. We strive to process socially sensitive records excluded from mainstream archives by involving members of affected communities. Their contribution may result in more accurate and inclusive descriptions, and at the same time they can learn about their own histories, heightening the social value they attribute to themselves. We consider this initiative as a methodological challenge, and we will share our experiences in the context of the professional discourse on community archival practices.

Application (only in Hungarian):

Blinken OSA’s partner in this program is the Romaversitas Foundation, which provides educational and scholarship programs for Roma people preparing for or attending higher education. We are looking for a Romani university student to participate in the processing of the Archives’s collections related to the history and the results of Roma advocacy movements, and to the social condition of the Roma in Hungary. The selected intern will also assist the development of the methodology of the processing. Making the program complete, the Romaversitas Foundation guarantees a supportive community and regular leadership trainings.

The subject of the program’s first semester is the Records of the Autonomia Foundation. Since its establishment in 1990, Autonomia Foundation has been working in Hungary to strengthen the civil society and to support marginalized groups. Their records collection donated to Blinken OSA contains project files from 1990 to 2004; reports and correspondence of programs the foundation supported financially to help create self-sustaining communities across the country.