SPRING 2022 ADVOCACY INTERNSHIP
Department: International Advocacy & Litigation
Reporting to: Program Associate, Int’l Advocacy & Litigation
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking an Advocacy Intern to advance the work of the International Advocacy and Litigation team for the Spring of 2022. The internship is a part-time 10-week commitment, from January 17, 2022 to March 25, 2022. Applications are considered and positions are offered on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications received by 6pm EST on Monday, November 15, 2021.
About the Int’l Advocacy & Litigation Team:
Our team of lawyers and issue experts collaborate with partners around the world to create lasting legal change. Through legal advocacy, we have freed political prisoners, defended the rule of law in autocratic regimes, and amplified the voices of human rights defenders in the United States and abroad. We present the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, which recognizes a courageous individual whose activism reflects Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference. The award’s recipients enter multi-year partnerships with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, anchoring our advocacy work and strengthening the activists’ ability to make gentler the life of the world.
Role: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights uses multi-faceted advocacy strategies to visibilize and complement our litigation work, including the annual human rights award, webinars, reports, blog posts, op-eds, social media posts, videos, and press releases. The Advocacy Intern would assist the team in planning, researching, and drafting advocacy materials and in executing any advocacy activities, primarily related to the organization’s work on civic space and non-discrimination.
Advocacy Intern Responsibilities:
- Assisting in research and drafting of short articles, blog posts, social media posts, and other materials in support of RFKHR’s ongoing cases and focus areas.
- Assisting in planning, developing materials for, and execution of Zoom-based webinars with partner organizations in Africa and Latin America, as-needed.
- Analyzing news articles on impermissible restrictions to civic space flagged by the team, with an eye towards identifying trends and creating public-facing content and advocacy tools.
- Curating Twitter lists for the team’s core issue areas, including civic space and gender-based violence in Latin America.
- Proposing and designing creative advocacy strategies related to international human rights and social justice, and making recommendations on advocacy campaigns to support RFKHR’s ongoing work, the RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other partners.
- Providing additional support to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights staff on an as-needed basis.
- Applicants must have completed at least two years of full-time academic study in international relations, communications, or a related field at the start of the internship, and have a well-established interest in human rights;
- Demonstrated passion for RFKHR’s mission and demonstrated commitment to community-centered advocacy;
- The ideal candidate will have an interest and understanding of regional and universal human rights mechanisms;
- Demonstrated experience with Zoom and professional use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels;
- Demonstrated experience in drafting public-facing materials for various audiences, and
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.;
- Spanish language skills are highly desirable but not required.;
- Strong attention to detail and able to scope out errors, including a willingness to own and fix mistakes;
- Exceptional time management, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;
- High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information;
- Innovative thinking, willingness to voice your opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential;
- Strong sense of teamwork that builds positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, and a willingness to help others;
- Believes in inclusivity when working with colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Availability and Compensation:
- This internship may commence as early as January 17, 2022 and end by March 25, 2022 with a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours per week.
- Interns will receive a $500 monthly stipend and any needed commuting expenses will be covered.
No phone calls please. RFK Human Rights will contact qualified candidates directly.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.