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Internship vacancies
Friday, 02 December 2011 14:59

Geneva office

We offer full-time and part-time internships from 3-6 months to work with:

 

An internship with the Program team offers interns a unique opportunity to gain further insights into the UN and regional human rights systems.

 

Interns are required to monitor UN human rights meetings (Human Rights Council, Treaty Body sessions, and working groups). Interns substantively contribute to ISHR’s publications. In addition, interns are given the opportunity to be involved in our work with regional human rights defenders' networks, particularly in Africa, and to assist with the preparation of ISHR engagement with human rights bodies at the regional level. An internship with the Program team also gives the chance to be involved in ISHR’s core activities in training human rights defenders to effectively use UN human rights mechanisms. Finally approximately 10-20% of the work will be administrative in nature.

 

To be considered, applicants should:

  • Be motivated to pursue a career in human rights and have a particular interest in the UN and regional human rights systems;
  • Have a background in international human rights law, international relations, political science or a related discipline;
  • Have a very high standard of written and spoken English. Fluency in French is an asset;
  • Have good analytical and research skills;
  • Be able to work as a member of a team in a multi-cultural environment.

The Program team internship is not recruiting until further notice.

 

An internship with the Communications team provides interns with an opportunity to learn about the workings of the international human rights system and the implementation of communications activities in this context. The intern learns about different technical communications skills through first hand experience editing and translating texts, helping to develop ISHR's online presence, and a variety of other communications projects.

 

To be considered, applicants should have be undertaking tertiary study in the field of communication, marketing, sociology, languages, graphic design or similar, or have recently completed such study. They should also possess:

  • Excellent communication skills in French and English (fluent oral and written);
  • Excellent IT skills including a good command of Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Additional skills in website content management, design or video production software (Joomla, iMovie, InDesign) would be an advantage, but will also be taught as part of the internship;
  • An interest in online social media (including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter);
  • Excellent people skills and ability to multi-task;
  • Flexibility and willingness to also carry out administrative tasks (data entry, questionnaire analysis, etc);
  • A desire to experience working in a multi-cultural environment and genuine interest in becoming familiar with the work of a human rights NGO;
  • Full or part-time availability, for a period of six months;
  • Motivation to pursue a career in Communications with a particular interest in human rights issues.

Read a full internship description, including how to apply, here. The Communications team internship is not recruiting until further notice.

 

An internship in development and fundraising offers the intern the opportunity to gain practical, in-demand experience in relationship building and income generation for human rights NGOs, from government ministries, development cooperation agencies, foundations and other potential donors. Interns have the opportunity to see most aspects of the development and fundraising process, e.g. donor relations/outreach, reporting, budgeting, etc. By the end of the period of service, the intern should be able to develop a fundraising proposal.

 

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be motivated to pursue a career in human rights and particularly in the UN human rights system;
  • Have a good university degree; while not mandatory, degrees in political science, international relations, communications, economics, and accounting are appreciated;
  • Have had at least some exposure to fundraising, marketing, public relations, and/or campaigning;
  • Be extremely flexible, non-bureaucratic, and able to work under tight deadlines; 
  • Commit a minimum of four months (required), while six months is preferable;
  • Have a near-native or native command of English; while not mandatory, advanced French is appreciated.

The Development and fundraising team internship is currently accepting applications to start in September 2013.

 

The Finance and administration team offers an internship to work on various financial projects in line with the activities of the organization. The intern will provide assistance to the finance officers and carry out some tasks such as follow-up on the budgets, track the funding, expenditures and balances, update monthly reports, prepare monthly payments, ensure regular bookkeeping and manage petty cash. The intern substantively contributes to the implementation of new procedures related to finance and analytical accountability.

 

To be considered, applicants should:

  • Have a background in finance and administration;
  • Have a good command of Word, Excel, and accountability software would be an asset;
  • Be fluent in English and fluency in French is desirable;
  • Be able to multi-task and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  • Be flexible and willing to carry out the less interesting tasks (bookkeeping, bill paying);
  • Be motivated to work in a multi-cultural environment.

The Finance and administration team internship is currently accepting applications.

 

New York office

The intern will work alongside ISHR’s New York staff as an integral part of the team, participating in advocacy and lobbying efforts, monitoring UN meetings, and providing research and analysis. As ISHR is a relatively small non-profit and there is no administrative staff in the New York office, approximately 10-20% of the work will be administrative in nature.

 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to international human rights;
  • Knowledge of international human rights law;
  • Familiarity with international and regional human rights mechanisms and practice;
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to sensitively engage with a wide range of individuals, including NGO colleagues, defenders, UN and government officials;
  • Strong drafting and research skills;
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team;
  • An ability to master new, complex issues under tight deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Fluency in English [additional language proficiencies are a plus].

Education: Law, International Affairs, Political Science, or other relevant field.

 

Read a full internship description, including how to apply, here. The Program team internship is not recruiting until further notice.

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