Internships

One of our former interns during the Development Day at Södertörn University, spring 2012

One of our former interns during the Development Day at Södertörn University, spring 2012

We offer internships to students and those who have recently completed their studies at university or college. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Primarily we offer internships to students of human rights, law, political science, international relations, journalism, communications or similar. We expect that you share our values, have a genuine interest in human rights and a fundamental knowledge about our work.

Our departments plan, coordinate and implement Civil Rights Defenders work in our regions, which also includes advocacy and lobbying in Sweden. As an intern at Civil Rights Defenders you will become a part of our team and primarily assist the Program Director and current department in their mission.


For the autumn 2014 we are seeking:

One intern to the Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The internship consists of:
Assisting the Programme Officers and the Programme Director in their daily work. The tasks are varied and include, among other things, writing articles, administrative work and assistance with the preparation of various activities in Sweden and abroad.

Knowledge requirements:
The intern should have a genuine and documented interest in human rights and a basic knowledge of Civil Rights Defenders work. A background as a lawyer, political scientist, journalist or similar is required. The intern should be able to write in English and if possible Swedish. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage as the work involves making contact with local partner organisations and possibly some translation. The ability to write journalistically is also seen as a benefit.

The internship is unpaid and starts 1 September and runs until 20 December 2014. The application must be written in English and should also include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to polina.krantz@civilrightsdefenders.org no later then 5 May.

One intern to the Department for Southeast Asia



The internship consists of:
Assisting the Programme Director in the daily work. The tasks are varied and include, among other; writing articles, administrative work, and planning and preparation of activities in Sweden and abroad.

Knowledge requirements:
The intern should have a genuine interest in human rights and basic knowledge about the issues that Civil Rights Defenders works with. The intern should be able to write in English. A background in law, political science or similar is highly desirable, knowledge or particular interest in Southeast Asia as well.

The internship is unpaid and starts 1 September and runs until 20 December 2014. The application should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to brittis.edman@civilrightsdefenders.org no later than 5 May. 



One intern to the Department for Latin America

The internship consists of:
Assisting the Programme Director in the daily work, as writing articles, follow the political development in the region, manage administrative work, and planning and conducting activities in Sweden and abroad.

Knowledge requirements:
The intern should have a genuine interest in human rights and basic knowledge about the issues that Civil Rights Defenders works with. The intern should be able to express him- or herself in English and Spanish. A background in law, political science or similar is desirable, knowledge or particular interest in Latin America as well. The internship is unpaid and starts 1 September and runs until 20 December 2014. The application should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to erik.jennische@civilrightsdefenders.org no later than 5 May

One intern to the Department for support to human rights defenders at risk
The department for support to human rights defenders at risk offers various types of support to human rights defenders working in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South East Asia and East Africa, through statements to authorities and organisations, security assistance and in extreme cases even evacuation. We give grants to activists who are in need of concrete actions to improve their security situation and provide training in security, communication and new media. Since April 2013 we also provide security support in the form of a personal assault alarm within the Natalia project (www.nataliaproject.org).

The internship consists of:
Assisting in administrating the programs, gather information for statements and news to the website. The intern works closely with the Programme Officers, who are led by the Programme Director. Since a large part of the work is linked to human rights defenders in Russia, we are primarily looking for someone who speaks Russian and has knowledge of the region.

Knowledge requirements:
The intern should have a genuine interest in human rights and basic knowledge about the issues that Civil Rights Defenders works with. The intern should be able to express him- or herself in writing, in English and Russian. A background in law, political science or similar is desirable.

The internship is unpaid and starts 1 September and runs until 20 December 2014. The application should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to marie.manson@civilrightsdefenders.org no later than 5 May.