Internship Description: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking an intern in the Nairobi office.
The internship will focus on human rights abuses affecting LGBT people in Francophone West Africa (primarily Cameroon and Senegal) and East Africa (primarily Uganda and Tanzania), although the intern may occasionally assist with research related to other countries in Africa.
The internship will generally involve the following projects and tasks:
- Monitoring: The intern will follow the regional media to monitor references to LGBT issues in Francophone West Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania.
- Research: The intern will assist the LGBT Rights Researchers with desk-based research on human rights abuses affecting LGBT people in the region. The internship may also include assisting the researchers with interviews with victims, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.
- Translation/Interpretation: The intern will translate documents on LGBT issues, such as news articles, from French to English and/or Kiswahili to English. The intern may also have the opportunity to interpret oral interviews in French and/or Kiswahili.
Internships are unpaid. Interns may be provided a small stipend for their lunch and local travel costs as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.
Qualifications: This position is open to advanced undergraduate students and graduates in law, international relations, women’s/gender studies, communications, or related subjects with strong writing and research skills. Applicants with field experience, either in human rights, humanitarian work or journalism, in the region are also advised to apply. Applicants should be self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in the human rights situation facing LGBT people Africa. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required.
Excellent oral and written command of English is necessary, and the ability to read and write in either French or Kiswahili is essential. French language skills in particular are highly desirable. The intern will be based in the Nairobi office and should be available to commit to this internship placement for a period of at least three months. Hours and schedules are negotiable, but ideally the candidate will be available to intern at least fifteen hours per week (for example, three days a week for five hours per day). Start and end dates are negotiable.
Applicants who are offered an internship and who are not Kenyan citizens must have proper work authorization or a pupil’s pass. We regret that we cannot offer relocation assistance.
How to Apply: Please apply immediately by sending a letter of interest, a resume, two names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample of your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “LGBT Division – Nairobi Internship Application” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. No calls or email inquiries, please. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.
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