Throughout the years ERAinvited students and recent graduates from institutions of higher learning in the USA and throughout Europe to intern during summers. ERA provided interns the experience of working on an international team, in a cross-border region, in a non-governmental capacity while increasing and promoting trans-boundary mountain sustainable development.
Why a summer internship? During the ERA summer season, there are a diverse array of ERA activities for interns to gain experience. help coordinate, as well as create.Summer is ERA’s most active season and coincides with most summer breaks.Summer allows the interns to experience many projects and activities at once, and additionally brings benefits to the local community and the NGO itself. We try to give theinterns the opportunity to express their own ideas about how a project or activity could be improved upon, and where to go from here. This not only encourages interns to take more of a leadership role, but also fosters a collaborative work environment where there is a constant exchange of ideas and skills between team members.Depending on the intern’s interests, they can focus in one area or gain skills in each. .Interns may come for a period of a few weeks up to a few months.ERA internships are developed to fit the individual intern’s needs, interests and desires.It is our experience that the best time for interns is early to mid- summer to give the intern adequate time to readjust to their home country after returning from an internship. Interns are encouraged to pick the fields that interest them, and in which they want to gain experience. Interns can gain experience specifically in mountain sustainable development, trans-boundary conservation issues, environmental education and NGO management. ERA also had and accepts local internships, we are always open in providing youth with knowledge and experience that will lead in their empowerment and in this way contribute in the good of community.