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4 Tips For A Successful Human Rights Internship


1. Demand Meaningful Work

The purpose of your internship is to get career related experience in the human rights field. Copying documents and making coffee isn’t going to help you to get a great job afterwards. Make sure to communicate your skills to your supervisor and demand meaningful work on a regular basis. If you remain passive and wait to be assigned all tasks chances are much higher that the experience you gain is irrelevant. Given that many internships are unpaid in this ultra-competitive field, you should show self-confidence at all times – this is your lifetime and it’s valuable too.

2. Engage in many activities

During your internship try to pursue various different tasks and engage in as many activities as possible to keep your CV flexible. When you are done with your internship, you will be able to put emphasis on the aspects of your work that are most relevant for each job you are applying to. If you performed the same duties all the time, you might limit the types of jobs you can apply for. Engaging in many activities will also help you to find out what kind of work suits you best.

3. Ask For Certificate of Employment

Try to get your certificate in the last month of your internship. At this stage your supervisor will have a better overview of the value of the work you have conducted and it will be easier for her/him to draft a letter in your favour. Many employers prefer that you write the certificate of employment for yourself and let them sign when you are done. Don’t be shy with establishing your contributions and achievements, the certificate of employment will be an important document for your future career.

4. Offer help

If you enjoy to work with the team you are in and if you feel that your work, expertise and commitment are valued, your ultimate tactic is to offer help whenever you can to everyone. This will contribute to building a great reputation among the office, people will inform you first when they hear about upcoming employment opportunities. Even if they are not involved in the recruitment process their positive attitude towards you will have reflect on the decision makers.


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