IIP Placements in Bulgaria
International Council for Cultural Centers (I3C), Bread Houses Network (BHN) Program
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
The International Council for Cultural Centers (I3C) was founded in 2008 by Princeton Anthropology PhD candidate Nadezhda Savova while she was working for UNESCO. Originally from Bulgaria, Nadezhda, a TED talk speaker, registered the organization in Bulgaria but I3C has a global reach as the world’s only global matrix of national networks and organizations of community cultural centers and arts councils promoting the power of the arts for social transformation. IIP interns will work on the Bread Houses Network Program, I3C’s most popular and successful program implemented in 12 countries in 5 continents. Each Bread House is a combination of a bakery or coffee shop and community cultural center, where people of all ages have the chance to learn how to make their own bread in day-long informal classes paired with group activities emphasizing community building around food and creativity. IIP candidates with a strong interest in social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, design skills, and a commitment to service are encouraged to apply. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
- Social entrepreneurship: The IIP intern will help develop the overall strategy to improve the existing business plan of the Bread Houses social enterprises in Bulgaria and the one planned for the Princeton-New York area. Thus, the intern will be able to work on this project long-term after returning to Princeton, having the unique opportunity to critically contribute to the rise of a successful food-and-art startup envisioned as the first of its kind in social franchise. The intern is also expected to help create marketing strategies including but not limited to developing a logo, updating website visuals, uploading photographs and videos from events onto the website, and writing articles to be featured on the homepage. IIP candidates with a background in economics, engineering, public policy, anthropology, sociology, business development, and good presentation skills are encouraged to apply.
- Community development program: The IIP intern will be trained in break-and-art community engagement methods (Theater of Crumbs, Kitchen Music, poetry, storytelling, pottery, painting, wood-carving, knitting, weaving) to help facilitate and eventually lead community events. After observing and assisting the work of people with disabilities, the intern will contribute ideas about Bread Therapy to a team of psychologists attempting to measure the therapeutic impact of this method in order to get Bread Therapy officially accepted as one of the expressive therapy methods applied in hospitals and therapy centers (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, etc). The intern will also be able to develop marketing strategies while maintaining the organization’s website, work on the English version of the Bread-and-Arts Methods Manual, and take photos and videos for publication. IIP candidates with a background in arts, psychology, anthropology, sociology, creativity, and good public relations skills are encouraged to apply.
- Global network coordinator: The IIP intern will develop and maintain communication (email, Skype, chat room, interactive platform) with Bread House programs around the world, particularly its locations in Latin America (Mexico, Brazil). The intern will also be able to draft grant applications for international collaborative projects and international cultural exchange programs while maintaining new content for the website. IIP candidates with a background in arts, psychology, anthropology, sociology, creativity, and good public relations skills are encouraged to apply.