Amnesty International

Mission: 

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

The Identity and Discrimination Unit seeks to combat human rights abuses targeted at individuals and groups because of their identity, and our work is based on an intersectional analysis that captures the complexity of multifaceted identities, with a specific focus for the internship in one or more of the following areas: refugee and migrant rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, indigenous rights, and sexual and reproductive rights.

Category: 

  • Human Rights

Internship description: 

Intern for:

Identity and Discrimination Unit

The Identity and Discrimination (ID) Unit at Amnesty USA (AIUSA) is seeking a qualified intern to help support the ID Unit’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) Advocate Trainers program. The ID Unit seeks to combat human rights abuses targeted at individuals and groups because of their identity, and our work is based on an intersectional analysis that captures the complexity of multifaceted identities. The SRR Advocate Trainers program trains youth advocates to facilitate peer-to-peer participatory workshops in their communities in order to start conversations around SRR and to mobilize activists to know and claim their rights.

The following components are central to the ID Unit and the internship provides opportunities to gain experience in:

  • support the development of trainings and support the SRR Advocate Trainers in their work
  • developing materials to be used in activities, advocacy discussions, and public education on the issue, including in AI publications and on the webpage
  • research on intersectional identity issues and rights violations targeted at people because of their identity
  • analyzing emerging areas of relevant global and national law and government policy
  • tracking the progress of legislation in the United States Congress and identifying key legislative opportunities
  • strategic campaign building and goal setting

The internship also includes some organizational service work, such as meetings, filing, and other necessary office work.

Internship skills needed: 

The successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • Experience in strategic campaigning and advocacy or participatory training
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in one or more of the focus areas: sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights, and LGBT rights
  • The ability to produce high quality writing and analysis
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • Ability to work well and easily on a fast-moving team
  • Ability to create graphics and creative one-pagers is a plus
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • A commitment to human rights and social justice

The internship is full-time, 35 hours per week; 20 hours a week will be considered in extremely rare circumstances.

Languages required: 

English fluency required; other language knowledge preferred but not required

Location: 

  • Washington, DC

How to find us: 

Washington, DC, Public transportation to office very easy by Metro- right next to Metro stop.

Work hours: 

35 hours week, flexible; Generally M-H 9:30-5:30

Dress code: 

Business casual (suits not required, etc.)

Office building accessibility: 

Accessible

How many people work at the organization: 

In our Unit: 5; in the DC office, like 40. AIUSA across US: 120. Amnesty across world, a couple of thousand.

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes

Internship dates: 

Flexible