International Elias Canetti Society Internship, Bulgaria

Deadline: 10 January 2014
Open to: German speakers who have begun or completed university studies in Humanities, Cultural Studies, Social Sciences or in the sphere of cultural, media or event management
Remuneration:  unpaid. The intern must apply for an Erasmus or Leonardo grant to cover the expenses.


Elias Canetti, (born 25 July 1905—died 14 August 1994), was a descendant of Spanish Sephardic Jews and novelist whose works explore the emotions of crowds, the psychopathology of power, and the position of the individual at odds with the society around him. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.

Canetti’s interest in crowds crystallized after he witnessed street rioting over inflation in Frankfurt in the 1920s and the burning by an angry mob of the Vienna Palace of Justice in 1927. A planned eight-novel saga of the disorder he saw around him was reduced to Die Blendung (1935; Auto-da-Fé, or The Tower of Babel), the story of a scholar’s degradation and destruction in the grotesque underworld of a city.

The International Elias Canetti Society was founded in 1992 in Ruse, Bulgaria, the birthplace of Elias Canetti. The central goals of the Society include a dedication to researching Canetti’s work, promoting the European integration process and participating in rebuilding civil societal structures in post-communist Bulgaria. Through their various methods, the Society’s work encompasses essentially four fields: Cultural mediation, cultural dialog, civic education and academics. Particular emphasis is placed when realizing cultural, educational and academic projects on cooperation between the countries of the Danubian cultural region. The cultural events they organize range from the annual skateboarding festival, through literature readings to exhibitions and concerts.

To support the team they are searching for a trainee from 1 April 2014 for a period of five up to seven months. The person will be responsible for the planning and implementation of cultural and educational projects (research, correspondence and accounting, communication with artists and partners and support on location), as well as help us with the maintenance of the homepage and in the sphere of public relations (writing of PR-texts and articles for the homepage, translation, preparation of documentation and other administrative tasks).


For an internship at the International Elias Canetti Society there are the following requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of German language (native speaker language competence) and a good command of English.
  • Knowledge of Bulgarian or another Slavic language is an advantage.
  • Good computer skills (MS-Office and Internet).
  • Familiarity with the German and international cultural scene.
  • Experience in project organization.
  • Flexibility, friendliness, commitment and responsibility as well as ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of the political and social life in South Eastern Europe.
  • Begun or completed university studies in humanities, cultural studies or social sciences and/or in the sphere of cultural, media or event management.


Please note that the internship is NOT paid by the International Elias Canetti Society and is therefore aimed exclusively for students who apply for Erasmus or Leonardo internship grants. You can get more information in the International Office or Career Center at your university.

The organization would gladly offers advice and support to all Erasmus applicants, also in searching for accommodation. The program usually covers a monthly grant of 350 EUR, but the living expenses in Ruse are relatively low. One room or small apartment costs about 100 EUR/month incl. additional costs. An autonomous apartment is about 150 EUR/month incl. additional costs.


The application documents must be written in German language and should include a letter of motivation, CV and selected job references. They have to be sent no later than 10 January 2014 as PDF files per e-mail to the attention of Elisa Calosi [email protected] The selection of candidates will take place immediately after the closing date.

If you have any questions in advance you may contact them at the e-mail above or on their office phone number at +359 (0) 82 828 699.

For further information, please visit the official website HERE in German language.

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