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.


Intern to the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department

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 assisting with the preparation of various activities and events in Sweden and abroad. During spring we will arrange Defenders’ Days, a large international conference in Stockholm and the intern will be involved in the logistics and planning around this project and also help with communication to participants. Some translation work will also be needed. During the internship Civil Rights Defenders will endeavour to offer different opportunities to their interns to take part in external events, such as seminars and meetings and also arrange internal workshops on relevant topics within our field.

Requirements:


  • Have a genuine interest in human rights and a basic knowledge of Civil Rights Defenders work.
  • Good knowledge of Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the human rights landscape in these regions.
  • Enrolled at a university in Sweden or abroad within the last year of a Bachelor degree or at Masters level. Also eligible are applicants who are recent graduates (within 1 year from graduation).
  • Preferred degree in law, politics, journalism, human rights or equivalent.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Russian. Basic Swedish is a requirement but fluency is a strong advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Experience of event planning is an asset.
  • Experienced in writing articles, reports and doing research.
  • Good drafting skills and ability to produce results in a limited amount of time.

The internship starts January 15 and runs until June 5, 2015. The application must be written in English and should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to polina.krantz@civilrightsdefenders.org no later than December 5.


Intern to the East and Horn of Africa Programme

The internship consists of: Assisting the Programme Director in his daily work. The tasks are varied and include writing articles, conducting research and monitoring of regional developments, drafting reports, some administrative work and assisting with the preparation of various activities and events in Sweden and abroad. In the context of our capacity building conference for human rights defenders, the intern will be involved in planning, logistics and communicating with participants. Interns at Civil Rights Defenders will be involved in internal workshops on topics within our field, and are encouraged to take part in external events, such as seminars and meetings.

Requirements:


  • Eligible are applicants whose university studies include an internship period, or applicants who graduated from university in the past year.
  • A genuine interest in human rights and a basic knowledge of Civil Rights Defenders’ work.
  • Good knowledge of the East and Horn of Africa and the human rights landscape in the region.
  • Preferred degree in law, political science, journalism, human rights or equivalent.
  • Excellent knowledge of English. Basic Swedish is a requirement; fluency is a strong advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Good drafting skills and experience in writing reports, articles and doing research.
  • Experience of event planning is an asset.

The internship starts January 15 and runs until June 5, 2015. The application must be written in English and should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to mesfin.negash@civilrightsdefenders.org no later than November 30.