Scholarships

Frank Jennings Internship

Named for Frank Jennings, the Front Line Defender’s former Head of Research, the Frank Jennings Internship is designed to give talented and dedicated people a chance to get working experience for protecting human rights defenders at both the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and an international NGO. The selected intern will spend three months at the Front Line Defenders where they will get training that is relative to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; Human Rights Defenders; the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur; the methodology and procedures of the mandate; and the role of Front Line Defenders as well as some other international and national organizations that both protect and support the Human Rights Defenders. This intern will live in Geneva for six months and then return for another three months to the Front Line Defenders.

The chosen intern will have good analytical and drafting skills and will have some basic knowledge of the United Nation’s system, human rights law and international law. They must have the ability to work both in English and in Spanish and be able to self-motivate as well as working as a team member. They must have good written and oral communication skills and be literate with a computer.

This intern will be giving support to Front Line Defenders’ Protection Coordinators along with handling routine questions. They will also be drafting urgent appeals for human rights defenders that are at risk around the globe and put in information that is related to the database of the Front Line Defenders. Supporting follow-up cases by the Front Line Defenders and other projects that relate to Human Rights Defenders will be done on request, and clerical duties such as drafting minutes, briefings, reports, appeals and doing faxes, word processing, data entry, email and more will be required.

In Geneva, these interns will gain information on the human rights defenders across the globe and coordinate with geographic desk officers to draft urgent appeals to governments in concern to human rights violations; they will also analyze responses from these governments and give summaries for the HRC report; and drafting annual reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly will be required along with other tasks.

Upon being accepted for the Frank Jennings Internship, the intern will be given €1,200 while living in Dublin each month and €1,400 every month while living in Geneva.

Paid UN Internship – World Food Progamme

The World Food Program is currently looking for motivated, talented and highly enthusiastic students from all across the globe to intern with them. The internship with the World Food Program is an excellent chance to get practical work experience while also helping to contribute to the goal of hitting Zero Hunger. Those who are currently enrolled in University or an equivalent or have graduated in the last year are eligible to apply. Candidates must also have a minimum of at least two years of undergraduate studies. Being motivated, open to new adventures and challenges and a team player are desired, and working knowledge of English is a requirement. Having knowledge of other United Nations languages is desired. Once an applicant has been selected for a World Food Program internship, you must be prepared to send in a recent record from your University.

Internships for the World Food Program will often last for two to six months, and a stipend for your internship will be given at a maximum amount of US$700 a month. Before you begin your internship, proof of medical insurance will be required. You will also need to organize and pay for your accommodations and travel expenses on your own, alongside your visa.

American Red Cross internship program

For those undergraduate and graduate college students who are mission-focused and looking for a meaningful and fulfilling internship experience, the Red Cross internship program may be for you. This is an internship program that allows students to enrich their future career opportunities, explore different fields and serve others in need. Interns at the Red Cross are involved in a number of projects crucial to day-to-day work in their non-profit organization. This gives them an insider’s look at the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross as well as delivering service at both the local and national levels.

The Red Cross offers internships all year round in Washington, D.C., at their National Headquarters and their regional locations across the country. Most notably, their summer internship programs offer a number of other learning opportunities like seminars led by senior American Red Cross leaders, career development workshops and activities, along with social outings and activities.

Applications for the internship cycles are accepted as new opportunities arise. Applications for fall internships are often opened in April; applications for Winter and Spring internships are often open in September, and Summer internships are open in November. Check their site regularly for new openings.

Before applying, it is important to know that their formal summer internship program runs for around 10 weeks. Start and end dates for other internships at Red Cross are flexible and will be based on a student’s school schedule and general availability. The positions that are available will vary depending on the needs of the Red Cross at the time, but the program will often give opportunities for nearly every line of business in the Red Cross. To apply, you have to be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program.

You can find both paid and unpaid internships with the Red Cross. Paid internships will often mean working 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer program. There will be flexibility for the student’s schedule during this time, especially during the school year. Relocation, travel and housing fees will not be provided by the Red Cross.

All of the internships are available on their Careers Site and can be applied for directly from there. You can apply for any and as many positions as you want, but you do have to apply for specific openings as the Red Cross does not accept any general applications.

CARE USA Internships and Fellowships

The CARE USA Internships and Fellowships program welcomes students who show interest in making a positive change in the world. This internship program aims to give project-driven, closely monitored practical experience to graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in giving their time and efforts to CARE initiatives and projects. By participating in this fellowship, important networking opportunities will also be given by participating in training and orientations which include CARE’s vision, history and in-depth information given by individuals that work within the organization. Interns will be placed either in US field offices or at the CARE USA Headquarters in Atlanta.

In order to qualify for a CARE internship, you must be at least 18 years of age; must hold a visa and obtain appropriate authorization from their educational institutions; and be enrolled in a relevant undergraduate, post-graduate or graduate program or have graduated in the four months leading up to the posting date. Students must also have financial support stemming from their academic institution or another agency; must be legally allowed to work under the laws of the location in which the fellowship is found; must obtain and apply for their own visa; and must have comprehensive medical insurance such as emergency evacuation insurance and provide proof of such. They must also have proficiency in the desired language; must have two years minimum professional experience in a field related to the fellowship; must have time management and interpersonal skills; must have analytical and organizational skills; must have intercultural communication skills; must be proficient in a second language such as Portuguese, Spanish or French; must be open minded and able to effectively work in a multicultural diverse environment; and must be able to be flexible while working in a team-oriented environment.

This Visiting Fellows Program gives students skills of global development, global health and other such fields along with invaluable opportunities to get international experience in their working fields. This program will aim to help with the development of future leaders who possess high potential in the field of humanitarian assistance and international development by giving practical and short-term learning experiences.

Alongside the networking opportunities that will be available, fellows will also be given the chance to participate in a number of professional development trainings that are offered by the CARE online university called CARE Academy. This program will focus on how to give the best, most optimized skill learning and development courses. The fellowship program has a leadership formula that focuses on three different strategies: on the job training, formal training and coaching.

In order for a candidate to apply, they can do so online by searching the fellowship and internship openings on the CARE site. New postings will usually be posted between the months of March and May every year. These applications need to include a current CV or resume with your name, your contact information and a minimum of three references. A cover letter must also be included that shows the applications research interests.

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