Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern for the Development and Outreach Department for its Stockholm office for the spring semester. Ideally, the candidate will be available full time starting in late August/beginning of September 2021. The internship is 20 weeks long.
This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience within a small office of a large international non-profit organization. The intern will gain experience and skills in human rights outreach, communication, and advocacy. The internship offers flexibility and provides a comprehensive introduction to working in a human rights organization. Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.
Due to COVID-19, many of our offices remain closed or are open at a limited capacity. HRW prioritizes the safety of our interns. In locations that have eased office restrictions and are open at a limited capacity, interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis in accordance with HRW’s COVID-19 policies.
Some of the main tasks during the internship may include:
Outreach and fundraising: The intern will assist in HRW’s work of promoting and protecting human rights with a focus on outreach and fundraising activities. Furthermore, the intern will support the team by: planning and organising events; helping create content and strategy; drafting documents and other correspondence related to donor outreach; operating the fundraising and donor management database; conducting prospect research; and conducting desk research for development and outreach projects.
Communication: Interns will assist with drafting social media posts and conducting interviews with visiting researchers for Facebook and Instagram. Interns will help produce content and text for newsletters and invitations to events and seminars, as well as drafting monthly communication reports.
Advocacy: The intern will support the Nordic Advocacy Director and take part in our advocacy work. The intern will learn how to conduct human rights advocacy, promote HRW policy, summarise reports, and create targeted communication efforts.
Qualifications: Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, creative, flexible, and detail- oriented with excellent time management skills. Experience with collaborating within a team is desirable. Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are essential. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills in Swedish and English and a demonstrated interest in communication, fundraising, and human rights. Internships are unpaid. Interns in Sweden must be an enrolled student for the duration of their internship term.