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7 Qualitative Paid Human Rights Internships


Advocacy Intern (Save the Children)

Save the Children is hiring a qualified Advocacy Intern located in Geneva, Switzerland. He/She will attend and report on relevant meetings in Geneva, including, amongst others, meetings of the Human Rights Council, IOM, OHCHR, OCHA, UNHCR and WHO. Among the duties of this position is furthermore to support the organization of advocacy meetings, events and panel discussions. Also the successful candidate will develop, maintain and update information databases (such as hotel lists, consultants lists, conference centres and contact lists in permanent missions, UN agencies and civil society). She/He will currently be enrolled in a Master’s level study in a relevant field, in particular international humanitarian and human rights law, global health and/or international relations. An understanding of the advocacy/policy environment of the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, particularly the Human Rights Council, IOM, OCHA, OHCHR, UNHCR and/or WHO are required to apply for this position. To apply for this position fluency is required in English and French. The Intern will be paid a pro rata allowance equivalent to a full time salary of CHF 1’000 per month rising to CHF 2,000 per month after successful completion of three months in the role. The deadline for this vacancy is 9. January 2017.

Medecines Sans Frontierers (MSF) Internships

Medecines Sans Frontierers (MSF) or “Doctors without Borders” is offering several paid internship programmes in their New York City Office. The intern will receive a weekly stipend of $10 an hour at 20 hours a week. The duration of this internship is 6 months. The application will stay open until the position is filled, but interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Internships are available in diverse subjects such as Fundraising, HIV and Tuberculosis, Editorial and Multimedia, Grants, Marketing, Social Media and Access Campaigns. To obtain an internship position, you must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship. International candidates are responsible for securing their U.S. work permit.

Summer 2017 Legal Internships

Demos is accepting applications for legal internships for the summer of 2017.  Demos will hire up to two legal interns to work with staff on voting rights and economic justice litigation, advocacy and research. Legal Interns can expect to receive substantive assignments in the areas of freedom to vote, money in politics, racial equity and/or economic justice. Demos is committed to providing Legal Interns with an educational experience, and our summer program includes mid-semester reviews and close supervision by staff attorneys to ensure interns receive instruction and feedback. The intern will work in the New York office of Demos. Students not receiving grant funding or credit are eligible for a paid internship at a rate of $15/ hour. Legal interns must have completed at least one year of law school.

Rule of Law Index Administrative Internship (World Justice Project)

The World Justice Project is offering a Rule of Law Index Administrative Internship (Paid) based in Washington DC, USA. He/She will provide administrative, logistical, and research support as directed by the Program Manager in order to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of the Executive Director, Chief Research Officer, and the Index team. Additionally the successful candidate will organize internal tracking procedures and protocols to ensure tasks and projects are executed smoothly. Also the successful candidate will support financial operations of the executive and Rule of Law Index teams by tracking expenses and preparing draft expense reports and maintaining quality records of expenditures for the Executive Director and Chief Research Officer’s travels, as well as various expenses for the Rule of Law Index team. She/He will have a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience. Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail is required to apply for this position. The deadline for this vacancy is 13. January 2017.

Intern Executive Team (Democracy Reporting International)

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is hiring an Intern Executive Team located in Berlin, Germany. He/She will support the Director of Programmes in managing DRI’s global projects and service contracts. Additionally the successful candidate will support the Executive Team in fundraising for and developments of new projects. Also the successful candidate will support the Executive Team in researching for and drafting of internal policies. She/He will have a Academic background in law, political science, other social sciences or related fields. Excellent English writing and communication skills are required to apply for this position. To apply for this position fluency is required in English. The deadline for this vacancy is 15. January 2017.

Communications Intern (WILPF)

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is hiring a qualified Communications Intern located in Geneva. He/She will explore different communication outlets, including the production of communication materials (brochures, banners, merchandise), web editing, social media, newsletter production and campaign management. She/He will be pursuing or intend to pursue a Masters Degree in communications, journalism, literature, or a related field. Fluency in English is required and video/photography editing skills are considered an asset. WILPF is a member of the “We Pay Our Interns” Charter which means we commit to support our interns by providing a compensation of either 500 CHF per months or in-kind support to accommodation solution and public transport pass (equivalent to 500 CHF). The deadline for this vacancy is 8. January 2017.

The Brennan Center for Justice Internships

The Brennan Center is offering internships for undergraduate students in New York City and Washington, DC. The deadline for applications is September 15; November 15 for the spring term; and February 15 for the summer term. The Brennan Center offers a broad variety of internships tackling human rights issues.

  • Development – assisting in event organization; updating the fundraising database; researching funding opportunities; and assisting in donor correspondence.
  • Finance & Operations – processing job applications; assisting in processing payables and receivables; responding to prisoner correspondence; and assisting human resources staff.
  • Communications – filing press clips and tracking media appearances; creating and updating press lists; tracking BC issues and initiatives on the web; creating and editing event transcripts; and assisting in outreach.
  • Democracy – providing administrative support for litigation; conducting research; and preparing employee expense reports.
  • Justice – maintaining contact database; conducting research; and providing event support.
  • Liberty & National Security – updating the website; preliminary research (e.g., finding relevant material on radicalization policies in different countries) and editing papers.

The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Experience with Windows XP, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, a must. Database experience very helpful. Must be open to evolving responsibilities. These positions are only open to current undergraduate students. The salary is $11.00 per hour.

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