We highly appreciate having interns from all parts of the world supporting our work. Internships at Oikodrom last at least three months. If you want to gain hands-on experience in projects in our different fields of expertise, please contact us.
Lisa Kathrin Polak
Lisa Kathrin Polak holds a M.Sc. of Spatial Planning and studied at the Vienna University of Technology. She has specialised in international cooperative and partipatory city and regional planning and has worked in projects in Austria, Indonesia, Uganda and Togo. She also has worked as a peace activist in the field of development education and youth work and has a special interest in post-development theories, action research, group dynamics, leadership and organisational development. She has been consulting the team in Spatial Planning issues on current and future projects, collaborated in the organisation of a conference on the SDG 11 and was in charge for the project proposal and coordination of a development and human rights project handling land use conflicts in three different countries.
Katharina graduated from a BA degree in International Development at the University of Vienna. She was part of the Oikodrom team for six months assisting the submission of a Horizon 2020 project, supporting the research team in the ongoing Interreg Project, as well as writing and conceptualizing a project proposal for the Austrian Development Agency. Her main research and work interests focus on the critical analysis of historically grown inequalities, conflicts and social structures with a regional focus on Central America. Currently, she is working in the field of human rights for an international accompaniment project in Guatemala and seeking to obtain a MA degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation in the upcoming years.
Julia Gamper holds a BA degree in Social- and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna. Her main interests during the BA studies lied on the subject areas of Development Cooperation and Urban Anthropology. At the moment she is involved in the MA degree Cities and Society (Sociology) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently, she is writing her MA thesis on Temporary Urbanism, investigating Terrains- Vagues- Potentials and Limitations of Temporary Spaces in the Contemporary City. Further spheres of interests represent ‘The Right to the City’ and the inventive attempts by individuals as well as collectives to re-imagine and re-appropriate urban public spaces.
Julia supported Oikodrom in 2016 within the East- West Rurbanity Project that aimed at promoting knowledge exchange between Austrian and Chinese experts regarding a sustainable future for rural and urban settlements. Furthermore, she was involved in a research project that investigated participatory processes at Nordbahnhof Wien, one of Vienna’s most ambitious Urban development Projects.
Tessa Monyou Zulu
Monyou holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Sociology), Certificate: Basic Social Work Skills, Certificate: Planning and Organizational Change, Certificate of Achievement: Community Mobilization for Development & Social Change and Certificate: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation. Monyou previously worked with the YMCA of Liberia as Youth Intern and Peer Educator (2000-2004) and before coming to Europe, she worked with the New African Research and Development Agency (NARDA). She is expected to be reintegrated into NARDA upon completion of her Master’s degree in Development Management at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. Monyou has experience in the fields of community and group facilitation, work planning, change management, documentation and reporting and basic website management. At the moment she is doing her internship at Oikodrom where she assists in the NOPOOR research project and new grant applications.
He obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa majoring in Sociology and Development studies. He further obtained an honours degree in development studies. His thesis was on the impact of public works on poverty alleviation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Development Management at Ruhr University in Germany. His current research areas are challenges of rural urban migration on human settlements in South Africa. Main areas of specialization are community development and project management. At the moment he is doing his internship at Oikodrom where he assists in the NOPOOR research project and in applying for new research grants.
Sarah Pfeifer, BSc
Sarah is studying Urban/Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Vienna. She is actually writing her BA-Thesis about inner development in Vienna. She is especially interested in physical structures and processes in cities and suburbs. Sarah actually do her internship at Oikodrom, where she assists within the EU-project SPACES.
Bernd Reiß, M.A.
Bernd Reiß holds a MA degree in Development Studies and a BA degree in Sinology. At the moment he is studying German as a Foreign Language at the University of Vienna. In addition to a geographic focus on China his fields of interest include development aid and related policies, social and economic dynamics in poor countries and interculturality. Bernd supports Oikodrom within the EU-project NOPOOR and is concerned with the dissemination of results in Austria. An important task in this regard is the attempt to map actors in the Austrian context by means of a stakeholder analysis.
Franziska is studying Political Science at the University of Vienna and Urban/Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Vienna. She is currently writing her BA-Thesis about „The Right to the City“. Her interests lie in the fields of spatial theory, urban protest movements, informal urban development and critical urban theory. While she did her internship at Oikodrom, she primarily worked within the EU-project SPACES, where she assisted the project managment team and joined the Oikodrom-team at the SPACES Caravan in Chisinau, Moldova. Besides studying and working Franziska is very interested in politics, art and photography.
Hanna holds a BA degree in sociology and a BA degree in theatre-, film-, and media-sciences. During six months she supported our team as project assistant in the EU-project nopoor and the Young Science - Summer Internship Programme. Her professional experiences derive from internships in social research institutions and assistant work at the opera. After her internship at Oikodrom, she moved to Berlin to start a Master degree in society and economy communications at the UDK Berlin.
Mahafuzul was supporting our team in the EU no-poor project and the young Science – Summer Internship Programme. Mahafuzul has completed his MSc degree in International Development Studies specialization in sociology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and also hold a BSc degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University in Bangladesh. He has five years work experience on sustainable development, community management to disasters and climate change in different international organizations including Oxfam GB, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Bangladesh. He is also experience on writing project proposal, project management and donor management. His main interests are sustainable development, humanitarian issues, community development and international development policy.
Stefan was an intern with Oikodrom as a project assistant and holds a degree in cartography and geoinformation sciences at the University Vienna. His main interests are education and social issues, ecology and telling stories through maps.
Katarzyna was an intern with Oikodrom as project assistant. She supported our team in writing research proposals for EU FP7, EuropeAid and WWTF calls. With her perfect knowledge of English, she is also of great help in proof-reading and proposal drafting. She holds an MA degree in English Philology (specialization: Pragmatics in Intercultural Communication), and an MA degree in Culture, Communication, Globalization (specialization: Organizational Culture and Leadership). Her main interests are business ethics, CSR, sustainable development, crisis communication, organizational studies, and intercultural communication. Experienced in language teaching, problem-based learning, group work, communication analysis.
Oscar José Fuentes Sánchez
A native of Nicaragua, Oscar earned his Bachelor degree in International Relations and Management at Ave Maria University. After graduation, he worked as a Program Coordinator for an International NGO in the field of education in rural regions of Nicaragua. He is currently pursuing his Master degree in Development Management at the Ruhr Universität Bochum in Germany. Oscar also has experience organizing mission trips and working with groups of international missionaries and donors. He is interested in social development and now assists Oikodrom as a researcher for an EU project.
Arnab was an intern with Oikodrom as research assistant. He has supported our team in research activities of the EU nopoor project. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Rural Planning (specialization: environmental planning and project management). He has experience in the fields of monitoring, evaluation, action and learning, and in advocacy from working with World Vision, Oxfam, and some local organizations in Bangladesh. His main interests are sustainable development, participatory monitoring and evaluation, water and sanitation, and maternal health and child care project management and design. Arnab is experienced in humanitarian programs, health, education and HIV/AIDS related monitoring, evaluation and management. He is currently completing his Master of Arts in Development Management at the Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany.
Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, in Canada, and is completing his Master of Arts in Development Management at the Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany. The focus of his Master's Thesis is post-apartheid social integration policies in South Africa. His primary interests are in social equality, revolutions, and sustainability. He also has experience as a reforestation worker, an emergency medical attendant, and a newspaper editor.
She holds a university degree in social and cultural anthropology and German literature studies. Graduated in propaedeutic studies in psychotherapy. Her main interests are focused in culture, arts, social issues, education and empowerment. She is experienced in teaching and mentoring, projects and empowerment strategies.
Graduated Social Worker.
Area of expertise: community studies and projects, organizer of different cultural events for large audiences Research fields: Inter- and Transdisciplinary Processes (university of Klagenfurt, Faculty of Interdisciplinary research and communication), participation and negotiation processes, intercultural exchange.
Studying sociology at the University of Vienna, Institute for Sociology for his BA, since 2006,open-minded for countless topics, especially interested in development and political sociology, from July – September 2008 trainee, since then assistant at Oikodrom, spring 2008, exchange term at the University of Basel, Switzerland.