Young people with disabilities from five cities in Serbia will soon commence two-month-long internships, as announced by the Youth with Disabilities Forum. The internship program will take place in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Niš, and Šabac. 

The call for employers, which was active during the last year’s Autumn, garnered significant attention and resulted in applications from 28 companies and organizations that posted 41 open positions for internships dedicated to young people with disabilities. 

The application period for young people with disabilities to participate in the internship closed on January 25. Candidate selection is currently underway, and the internship will start in February. During the two-month internship, young people with disabilities will have the chance to learn and gain work experience, with the Youth with Disabilities Forum providing monthly financial compensation to cover transportation and meal expenses. 

All candidates will be informed of the selection outcome. Selected candidates will undergo a preparatory online workshop organized by the Youth with Disabilities Forum before starting the internship, scheduled for early February. 

Employers who have shown interest in the “Internship for Young People with Disabilities” program include IKEA, Raiffeisen Bank, Belgrade Airport Ltd., Addiko Bank, Generali Insurance Serbia, Silver Bell Group, Grundfos Serbia Ltd., Mercator-S Ltd., Avnet Ltd., OTP Bank Serbia JSC Novi Sad, EnnovationHUB 360 Ltd., SDPS Ltd., Atlantic Grupa d.d, Medigroup, Dijamant Ltd., Sport Vision, Mona Ltd., Hotel “Moskva“ Belgrade Ltd., Atlantis Ltd., Novitas Consult, Mlekara Šabac, Komot Ltd., Majka Promet Production and Trade, E-reciklaža 2010 Ltd., PepsiCo (Marbo product Ltd.), Ametek Ltd., Lawyer Mladen Sibinović, Social Welfare Center “1.mart”-Alibunar. 

The internship is part of the “Job Fit: Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities project”, funded by USAID and implemented by the Youth with Disability Forum. Other project partners include Caritas Serbia, the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, Smart Kolektiv, and the Center for Independent Living of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia.