Internship at Yalta European Strategy 770 views

Yalta European Strategy (Ukraine) is looking for interns to assist in the organization of the 17th YES Annual Meeting from June to September 2020.

Short video on the 16th YES Meeting is available at

We suggest:

  • an opportunity to gain a unique experience in the international environment assisting in the preparation of the leading non-governmental forum in Ukraine taking place in September 2020;
  • a chance to work directly with the most interesting speakers and participants of YES from politics, business and NGOs;
  • a possibility to get an insight into the biggest international conference, taking place in Ukraine;
  • a letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the internship;
  • friendly working environment.

Tasks of interns:

  • administrative support of the event (working with participants database, invitations, relevant event materials);
  • communication with participants and speakers (e-mail correspondence, follow-up calls);
  • organizational support of the event and direct work with the speakers during YES Annual Meeting on 10-12 September, 2020.


  • fluency in English is a must;
  • experience in organizing huge events would be an asset;
  • ability to meet deadlines and attention to details.

Terms and conditions:

  • Dates: June – September 2020
  • Full time
  • Unpaid (we provide reimbursement of travel expenses)


  • Interested candidates are welcomed to send their CV and motivation letter in English on [email protected] .
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your e-mail & motivationletter where ( you saw this internship posting.
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Yalta European Strategy (YES) is a leading forum for discussing Ukraine’s European future and global context. YES fosters new ideas. It connects Ukraine to international partners, supports forces for change in the country, and builds networks of supporters for a new Ukraine worldwide.

For over a decade, YES has initiated dialog between leaders from Ukraine, the EU, the US, the Russian Federation, and beyond. Within Ukraine, it provides a platform for the government and opposition. It brings together leaders from politics, business, media, civil society and the expert community.

YES began in 2004, when Victor Pinchuk invited some 30 European leaders to debate the future of Ukraine and the EU at the first Annual Meeting.

YES Annual Meeting took place at the symbolic Livadia Palace in Yalta from 2004 to 2013. The location where Europe was divided in 1945 thus became the venue for uniting a wider Europe. After the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the YES Annual Meeting moved to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

YES meetings have brought together heads of state and government such as Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Bronisław Komorowski, Mario Monti, Shimon Peres and Donald Trump. Among the speakers were also heads of international organizations like Kofi Annan, José Manuel Barroso, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Ronald Noble, James Wolfensohn, Lamberto Zannier and Robert Zoellick. Senior officials, such as Hillary Clinton, Valdis Dombrovskis, Robert Gates, Johannes Hahn, Chrystia Freeland, Victoria Nuland, Condoleezza Rice and Martin Schulz, have spoken at the meetings. In addition, thinkers and social leaders like Richard Branson, German Gref, Richard Haass, Niall Ferguson, Alexei Kudrin, Arthur Laffer, Yurii Milner, Larry Summers, Nouriel Roubini and Strobe Talbott have been among the panelists. Presidents and Prime Ministers of Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s political, business and social leaders, regularly speak at the meetings.

The YES board includes Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005), Chairman of the YES Board; Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (2006-2014), Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-1994); Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament (2002-2004), Member of the European Parliament (1989-2004); Stephane Fouks, Vice President of Havas Group, Executive Co-Chairman of Havas Worldwide; Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Senior Professor, Hertie School of Governance; Victor Pinchuk, Founder and Member of the Board, YES and Founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and EastOne group; Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Founder of Rasmussen Global, Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014), Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009).

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