Internship – Latin America Department  

Do you want to help promote human rights in Latin America? Are you interested in learning how  to  contribute to the capacity and  security of  some  of  the world’s most exposed Human Rights Defenders? 

Civil Rights Defenders is a global expert  organisation  on human rights with more than 200 partner  organisations  operating locally across the world. The  Latin Americas program  supports  human rights defenders in Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela  and other countries.  

Tasks and Opportunities 

Together with our team, you will  participate in the development of  advocacy tools and strategies to improve the  security  of human rights defenders, conduct research on human rights challenges in the region,  collect and edit data in Defenders’ Database,  draft  statements  and articles  for crd.org, and  contribute to the planning and organising of our  activities in the region.  You will work closely with our  Programme  Director in Stockholm and our  Programme  Officer in Bogotá.    

During the internship Civil Rights Defenders will offer different opportunities to their interns to take part in external events, such as seminars and meetings and will also arrange internal workshops on relevant topics within our field of work. The focus of the internship will be adapted depending on your skills and talents.  

Desired Profile 

We are looking for interns with a strong interest in human rights, excellent knowledge of English  and Spanish, and some or all of these characteristics:  

  • Active in civil society  organisations, whether local, regional, national or international.  
  • Degree in or student of law, politics, journalism/media, human rights, or similar.  
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and responsibly.  
  • Experienced in communicating via new and social media, video, graphics.  
  • Experience creating advocacy campaigns and/or working with grassroots communications.

Civil Rights Defenders only accepts interns who have internship as part of their formal education, if the internship is during studies or follows in direct conjunction with  finalised  studies or, if it is part of a  programme  related to a public employment service. The internship is unpaid, however local transport costs during the internship period are covered.  

The internship, which is located at our head office in Stockholm, starts January/February  2019 and runs until May/June 2019. The application should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to  erik.jennische@civilrightsdefenders.org  no later than 14 December 2018. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, meaning the position could be filled ahead of the deadline.

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