In 2016 Eurasian Creative Guild has conducted two internships.
The first internship was held in Bishkek, from February until April, where 8 interns tried their hands at 8 different specializations: office manager, specialist in marketing and books promotion, editor-journalist, event coordinator, publisher’s assistant, SMM and PR specialist, project-manager and book promo.
The selection process in Minsk took two months. 400 candidates were offered to pass different tests. The first task was to write review in Russian and English language on a book published by the Hertfordshire press. Only 100 candidates managed that task. The second step towards internship was an interview. Representatives of Eurasian Creative Guild asked candidates professional questions as well as general ones in order to choose really super interns. 15 candidates passed the interview successfully, but there were only 6 cherished workplaces. That’s why last but not least task was to write fundraising letter to potential partner company of V International Literature Festival “Open Eurasian Literature Festival & Book Forum” which will be held in London from 25th till 28th of November.
On August 15, six interns started their internship. During 3 months they should work out different tasks: to arrange a lot of meetings; present in the international arena not only Eurasian Creative Guild, but all its fields of activity; organize literary readings and other marketing events abroad; communicate with outstanding people from the world of art, literature, business and politics. Interns also were involved in the process of OCA MAGAZINE creation and preparation to V International Literature Festival “Open Eurasian Literature Festival & Book Forum”.
Every week under the guidance of representatives of the Guild interns improved their skills, learned to work in multitasking mode, participated in Eurasian Creative Guild’s activity, distantly promoted projects and searched for mutually beneficial cooperation.
International internship provide an opportunity to teach young specialists to set priorities, work on time management and self-discipline.
At the end of November three interns went to London on International Literature Festival “Open Eurasian Literature Festival & Book Forum”. One week they worked there as organizers, helped writers-participants from different countries on book launches, meetings and others events.
The next internship will be organized in Astana, Kazakhstan in April.
The stories of interns from Minsk:
Margarita Batygina, graduated from the Faculty of International Relations, Belarussian State University.
“I have never worked with such projects that we will be involved in during Minsk internship. And that’s why I came to ECG. I wanted to get new professional experience in international company, which allow me to try my hands at different fields. I wanted to learn new things for my personal development and to contribute to ECG’s important projects. ”
Daria Antonovich, participated in organization of “Belarussian Image”, “Fair of Organizational development”, FSP. Worked as coordinator of volunteers in Minsk.
“One of the most unforgettable specialization was publisher’s assistant. I learned how to conduct business correspondence and write reports on the meetings, got acquainted with many interesting people.”
Anzhelika Levandovskaya, student of Belarusian State Economic University (BSEU)
This internship is a really good chance for young creative people to express themselves as well as develop multitasking, time-management, organisational and writing skills. It is also a great opportunity to get acquainted with lots of talented creative people both from Europe and Asia: writers and poets, musicians and dancers, actors and producers. I cannot even find words to describe this wonderful feeling when you realize that you make your own contribution to the development of the modern Eurasian culture, and literature in particular. I am proud of being a member of the Eurasian Creative Guild’s team.
Maria Batz, worked in media centers of World Hockey Championship (Belarus), Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”, Belteleradiocompany
“I wanted to combine all those skills that I got before, to realize myself in the projects that are not aimed at Belarus, but rather force me out of the comfort zone to learn something new, to solve any remote issues. From the very first day, when I started as event-coordinator, the internship started to live up to my expectations. Every day I was receiving new applications from the authors who wanted to participate in contest-festival «Open Eurasian Literature Festival & Book Forum» and every day I realized how unique the culture of Eurasian countries was. I remember how I worried about my first business trip to Astana where I was to present books published by the Hertfordshire Press. Everything that I learned during these weeks of internships, thanks to the Eurasian Creative Guild, is perhaps the fastest project involvement in my life. It’s awesome that ECG gave me such opportunity to realize myself in new projects, to learn more about Central Asia”.
In April 2017 in Astana the third ECG internship began. 400 candidates were offered to pass different tests. To internship command got only the best candidates. In this time the internship program changed – organized 4 directions – Members Liaison Office, Society of Authors, Operational Headquarter, OEBF directorate. As curator the graduate of Minsk internship joined to Astana team.
Aigerim Alimkulova. 26 years old, intern in Astana.
I graduated KIMEP University (Bachelor of International Journalism) and then I studied in International University of Catalonia (Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management). When I returned to Kazakhstan, I worked 3 years in the field of education. At first in Nazarbayev University and then in Kasipkor Holding at Ministry of Education. I sent an application on ECG internship because I wanted to work in the field of culture and art. From internship I wait for opportunity to receive operational experience as marketing manager, PR-specialist, to improve my presentation skills and to meet interesting and creative people.