Internship – Latin America Department

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Do you want to 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 an international human rights organisation defending civil and political rights. The Latin America Department supports human rights defenders and civil society in Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela 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 writing articles and statements, conducting research and monitoring regional developments, collecting and editing data in Defenders’ Database, drafting reports, doing administrative work and contributing to the planning and organising of our activities and events in Sweden and abroad. You will work closely with our Department Director in Stockholm and Programme Officers in Bogotá. The work also includes advocacy in Sweden.

During the internship, Civil Rights Defenders will offer opportunities to take part in external events, 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. You will have a supervisor to help, guide and train you during the internship.

Desired Profile

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

  • Enrolled at a university in Sweden or abroad within the last year of a Bachelor’s 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 Latin America region and the human rights landscape.
  • Good knowledge of Spanish and English.
  • The ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Experienced in communication, writing articles, reports, research, social media, advocacy campaigns or grassroots communications.
  • 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 in mid-January and runs till the beginning of June 2021. The application must be written in English or Spanish and include a cover letter and a resume. Please send your application to Erik Jennische no later than 22 November 2020. Please write “Internship Application” 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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