Full-time internship opportunity: Communications
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Full-time internship opportunity: Communications

Duration: 6 months
Start of internship: Monday 18 May 2020

Download the application pack
Deadline for applications: Sunday 19 April 2020, 
1 PM (Central European Summer Time)


This is an exciting opportunity to join ILGA World, the global LGBTI membership-based organisation with more than 1,600 member organisation in over 150 countries.

The intern will provide assistance to ILGA World’s communications efforts and report to the Senior Communications Officer.   
This is an excellent opportunity for somebody who has a demonstrated interest in using their communications skills to raise awareness of human rights issues, and wants to gain experience working for an international human rights organisation that represents LGBTI networks, communities and movements on a global stage.

The internship is for a period of six months, commencing on 18 May 2020 and ending on 13 November 2020.

The internships are virtual, and the intern can be based anywhere with good internet connection. The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but a candidate should be available to work full-time (37.5 hours/week). The internship receives a financial compensation of CHF (Swiss Francs) 750 per month.

Main tasks

  • Research and fact-check news for ILGA World newsletters and website entries
  • Write, edit or proofread effective website articles (including the weekly LGBulleTIn), social media copy or other communication outputs
  • Organise a daily press review to monitor ILGA World’s presence on mainstream media, as well as global LGBTI-related news
  • Curate and produce content for the organisation’s social media editorial calendar
  • Assist the Senior Communications Officer in the development of campaigns - including in the production of visual materials (infographics, videos and more)
  • Support ILGA World programmes by promptly uploading documents, updating website pages, and editing videos when necessary
  • Maintain contacts with volunteer translators


Main requirements

  • Previous experience (including volunteer work) in a communications role - preferably in the non-profit sector - OR/AND undergraduate or graduate degree in communications, journalism or another related field
  • A demonstrated interest in SOGIESC issues, and in keeping oneself updated on LGBTI news from all around the world 
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Fluency in using social media for advocacy or organising purposes. Interest in exploring emerging technologies
  • At least a basic knowledge of HTML language
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly organised manner to produce strong, compelling written and visual content.

Preferably also

  • Intermediate to advanced written and oral fluency in Spanish.
    Other UN language skills (French, Arabic, Chinese and/or Russian) are also an asset
  • Experience with content management systems and web content creation in Drupal 7
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere, Illustrator or similar graphic/video design tools.


Internship conditions:

  • The internships are virtual; no relocation to Geneva is expected or supported by ILGA World
  • The intern will be expected to work from their current location
  • The intern will receive a stipend of CHF (Swiss Francs) 750 per month for the duration of the internship
  • The successful intern will have opportunities to work with representatives of LGBTI organisations from around the world and other NGOs virtually and/or in Geneva;
  • Due recognition in publications and activities which the intern has contributed to will be given.


How to apply:

Download the application pack

Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to complete the application pack in English, rename the file SURNAME_Name_Communications_Internship_ILGAWorld.docx using your name and surname, and e-mail it prior to the deadline to media@ilga.org adding “Communications Internship 2020” as the subject line.  More detailed instructions are in the application pack: please follow them carefully.

Closing date for receipt of applications by email is Sunday 19 April 2020, 1 PM Central European Summer Time.

Please note that only applications through the application form – available on the ILGA World website – are accepted. Do not attach a CV or any additional documents, as they will not be used.

Process after application:

We expect to communicate our decision to shortlist a candidate by Wednesday 22 April 2020. Please bear in mind that, if you have not been contacted by the end of April 2020, this means that you have not been shortlisted for the position.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task, and to deliver it by Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Interviews to candidates who are admitted to the final stage of the selection process are expected to take place on Wednesday 6 and/or Thursday 7 May 2020.
The interview itself will last approximately 45 minutes.

The selected candidate will be notified by Monday 11 May 2020.
They will be asked to confirm their availability to begin working on Monday 18 May 2020 or, in case they cannot, to indicate when they would be able to start.


Download the application pack
Deadline for applications: Sunday 19 April 2020,
1 PM (Central European Summer Time)


ILGA World is an Equal Opportunities Employer

ILGA World is committed to social justice, regardless of any individual or group characteristics, including gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sex characteristics, race, age, disability, ability, economic status, national origin, religion, ethnicity, and historical, cultural and geographic experiences, nonetheless recognising the unique challenges faced by individuals with each of these characteristics and by those with intersecting identities.

We offer fair treatment to all current and potential employees, interns and contractors and aim to ensure that all such individuals receive equal treatment (including access to employment, training and opportunities for promotion, as relevant) regardless of any personal attribute as listed above.

ILGA World promotes gender and equality mainstreaming and it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Lesbian and bisexual women, intersex persons, trans and gender-non-binary persons, and persons from the Global South are especially encouraged to apply. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

If more than one applicant is considered to be equally qualified for the position, priority will be given to applicants coming from marginalised and/or underrepresented groups.

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