Internship – Eurasia Department

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Do you want to promote human rights in Eurasia? 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 an international human rights organisation. The Eurasia Programme supports human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries in the region.

Tasks and Opportunities

Together with our team, you will assist the department in their daily work of developing partnerships with local human rights organisations and supporting them. 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. You will work closely with our  Programme Director and Officers in Stockholm. The work also includes advocacy in Sweden.

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

  • Active in civil society organisations, whether local, regional, national or international.
  • 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). 
  • Degree in or student of law, politics, journalism/media, human rights, or similar.  
  • Good knowledge of the Eurasia region and the human rights landscape.
  • Excellent knowledge of additional languages, especially Russian and English.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and responsibly.  
  • Experienced in writing articles, reports, doing research and ability to produce results in a limited amount of time.
  • Experience in events planning is an asset.
  • Genuine interest in human rights and a basic knowledge about the issues that Civil Rights Defenders works with.

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 (SL card purchase). Please note: Civil Rights Defenders is unable to assist with the Schengen visa.

The internship, which is located at our head office in Stockholm, starts early January and runs till the beginning of June 2020. The application must be written in English and should include a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (max. two pages). Please send your application to Lia Hen no later than 17 November 2019. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, meaning the position could be filled ahead of the deadline.

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