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INTERN: Regional Support Interns/Program Interns at WITNESS

>> WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the
>> world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform
>> personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice,
>> promoting public engagement and policy change.
>> Program Interns at WITNESS
>> *Regional support for our Programs in Africa and the Middle East,
>> Asia, Europe and Former Soviet Union, or Latin America and Caribbean
>> *Program management support
>> *Video Advocacy Institute support
>> Regional Support Interns: WITNESS will be working with roughly 12
>> core partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the USA and Europe/
>> former Soviet Union. Program interns at WITNESS support the
>> program staff in their ongoing work with locally-based human
>> rights partner organizations in one of the regions listed above.
>> Depending on where we are in a partnership development/training/
>> production/ advocacy cycle in a particular region or with a
>> particular partner, a program intern may be involved in a range of
>> research, production support and outreach/advocacy activities.
>> These include:
>> Researching issues/contacts and background information for
>> campaigns and potential partners
>> Supporting preparations for trainings conducted by Program staff
>> Logging videos received from our partners around the world and
>> providing feedback on this material
>> Helping to shape a Rights Alert short video production
>> Researching distribution channels, particular human rights issues
>> and campaigns
>> Supporting distribution and outreach around a particular video
>> advocacy campaign
>> Handling administrative responsibilities including maintenance of
>> contact databases and files
>> Participating in weekly staff meetings
>> Program Management Intern: We are also looking for an intern to
>> support our Program Director in managing the Program Department.
>> The position will provide opportunities to gain experience in NGO
>> management, as well as incorporate elements of the Regional
>> Support intern role in terms of preparing for trainings,
>> developing training materials and supporting on research and
>> administration.
>> Video Advocacy Institute Intern: Within the program department,
>> WITNESS will also be looking for an intern to support preparation
>> for our Video Advocacy Institute (VAI). In 2007, WITNESS hosted
>> the inaugural VAI. The VAI is an intensive two-week course that
>> trains 30 human rights defenders from 24 different countries to
>> successfully integrate video advocacy into their campaigns. The
>> VAI Intern will work with the VAI Coordinator to prepare for the
>> 2009 VAI. This will include:
>> Assistance the Coordinator throughout the application process with
>> the administrative responsibilities
>> Assisting with the visa process for the participants
>> Supporting all logistical preparations for 2-week long training
>> Assisting the Coordinator to develop and design pre-institute
>> materials
>> Curriculum development
>> Participating in weekly staff meetings
>> For more information please visit:
>> All interns are expected to spend between 20-30% of their time
>> engaged in administrative support to program and office-wide staff.
>> Potential interns should be undergraduates or graduate students.
>> We look for a focus in studies on human rights, international
>> relations, history, political science, and area studies (e.g.,
>> with particular regional concentration). Candidates should have:
>> A background in human rights and/or video
>> Relevant regional experience, either academic or practical
>> Previous NGO experience (experience abroad is a plus)
>> Strong language skills relevant to the region (especially Arabic,
>> Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, as well as
>> French and Karen) are key to most program internships. Native
>> speakers are generally preferred, but not required.
>> For VAI intern: A background in curriculum development and/or
>> conference coordination preferred
>> General Information
>> Positions are based in our Fort Greene, Brooklyn office.
>> Internships are unpaid.
>> No phone inquiries please. We strongly prefer applications by
>> email to including a resume and cover
>> letter. Alternatively, applications can be faxed to (718) 783-1593
>> or mailed to:
>> Attn: Internship Applications / Program
>> 80 Hanson Place, 5th Floor
>> Brooklyn, NY 11217