Spring Undergraduate Internship
The Fund for Global Human Rights seeks to strengthen human rights movements globally through grant-making to local, national, and regional human rights organizations across the globe. Over the past decade, efforts to promote human rights have proliferated around the world, with activists often working under adverse and even dangerous conditions. Despite this critical work by local human rights activists and increasing attention to human rights issues, many organizations on the front lines of the human rights struggle have little or no access to the financial resources they need to expand the scope and impact of their work. The Fund is devoted to meeting the needs of these organizations by facilitating support for them where the need is great and the resources are limited.
The Fund currently makes grants in the following countries: Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, and the Philippines.
The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking an undergraduate intern for the spring of 2015 (with an expected start date in mid January). The intern and his or her supervisors will work together to design a work plan that complements the Fund's needs and the intern's interests, abilities, and desired career path. Since we are a relatively small organization, the intern will have the opportunity to observe and work in all departments and gain an understanding of how a non-profit foundation operates. The intern's supervisors will also encourage him or her to search out and attend pertinent events in the area as part of the internship to complement their experience in the office.
The desirable candidate will be able to work between fifteen and twenty hours per week. Work schedules can be flexible with school commitments. While this is an unpaid internship, we can work with students to gain academic credit for their internship experience.
The intern's responsibilities may include the following:
- Research projects on programmatic topics
- Coordinating international events and programming
- Writing projects with the development and communications teams
- Preparation for board meetings
- Organizing files and updating grantee records
- Translating materials (depending on skill level)
We consider this to be a hands-on, active learning internship. As such, the intern's work will be approximately 40 percent administrative. The Fund encourages international and minority students to apply. In general, the internship program is not open to graduate students or students who have already graduated as they are generally looking for something more substantive in nature.
Candidates should have a strong interest in human rights and/or international affairs, and should also be interested in learning about non-profit operations, communications, and fundraising. We are looking for someone who can readily handle multiple responsibilities, take the initiative, and take ownership of his or her work. Desirable candidates will be able to display independence, maturity, and an understanding of strict confidentiality. We also value individuals with a strong attention to detail and the ability to follow through on projects. Experience working in a Microsoft Windows environment and language proficiency in Spanish, French, Thai, and/or Arabic is highly desirable.
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for an internship, please forward the following materials by November 17:
1. A cover letter in which you state:
- that you understand the internship is unpaid
- where you found the internship posting
- your specific dates of availability
- the number of hours you will be able to work each week
- why you would like to intern at the Fund, your specific interests related to human rights work, and your language abilities
2. A resume
3. The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references
4. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit all application materials via email to email@example.com.
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