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 defending civil and political rights. The Eurasia Department supports human rights defenders and civil society 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  Department Director and Programme 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

We are looking for an intern with some or all these characteristics:

  • 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.
  • Good knowledge of additional languages, especially Russian and English.
  • The ability to work independently and responsibly.  
  • Experienced in communication, writing articles, reports, doing research and ability to produce results in a limited amount of time.
  • Experience in events planning is considered a merit.
  • Experience in a civil society organisation, whether local, regional, national or international, is considered a merit.
  • A 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 an 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 at the beginning of September 2020 and runs until mid-January 2021. The application must be written in English and include a cover letter, resume and a writing sample (max two pages). Please send your application to Bobbie Traut no later than 31 May 2020. Please write “Internship Application 2020” in the subject line. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, meaning the position could be filled ahead of the deadline.

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