Full-time internship: Communications


Duration: 6 months
Deadline for applications: Sunday 9 September 2018, 6:00 pm (Central European Summer Time)

This is an exciting internship with ILGA, the world association of more than 1,300 LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex) member organisations from 141 countries.

The intern will provide assistance to the Communications team during an historic moment for the organisation, as ILGA will celebrate its first 40 years dedicated to achieving equal rights for rainbow communities from across the world.

This is an excellent opportunity for somebody who has a demonstrated interest in using their communications skills to raise awareness of the lived realities of LGBTI persons worldwide, 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 1 October 2018 and ending on 31 March 2019. The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but a candidate should be available to work full-time (37.5 hours/week).

Main tasks:

  • Map the glitches in the ilga.org website, and assess the need for potential changes and updates
  • Curate content to inform the organisation’s social media editorial calendar
  • Research and fact-check news for ILGA newsletters and website entries
  • Organise a daily press review to monitor ILGA’s presence on mainstream media, as well as global LGBTI-related news
  • Assist the Communications team in the development of campaigns on the occasion of relevant days for the LGBTI community - including in the production of visual materials (infographics, videos and more)
  • Support ILGA programmes by promptly uploading documents, updating website pages, and editing videos when necessary
  • Proofread and edit website articles and other communication outputs

Main requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in communications, journalism or other related field, or background through study, work or other experiences (preferably in the non-profit sector) in a communications role
  • 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
  • Good internet connection available throughout the duration of the internship
  • 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 to produce strong, compelling written and visual content
  • Highly organised
  • Willingness to travel to Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand in March 2019 for the ILGA World Conference (depending on funding).

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, AfterEffect, Photoshop, InDesign or similar graphic/video design tools.


Communications internship opportunity at ILGA! The intern will provide assistance to the Communications team during an historic moment for the organisation, as ILGA will celebrate its 40th anniversary


Internship conditions:

  • This is a virtual internship
  • The intern will be expected to work from their current location, provided that they have a good and stable internet connection
  • The internship is for a period of six months, commencing on 1 October 2018 and ending on 31 March 2019. The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but a candidate should be available to work full-time (37.5 hours/week)
  • The intern will receive a stipend of CHF 500 per month for the duration of the internship
  • Due recognition in publications and activities which the intern has contributed to will be guaranteed
  • The intern’s focal point person in the organisation will work closely with them to co-develop a work plan
  • The intern will have access to professionals with extensive experience in the human rights and digital communications worlds for feedback and guidance throughout the internship. They may have the opportunity to liaise with representatives of ILGA members and other LGBTI organisations from around the world, as well as of other NGOs virtually and/or in Geneva.

How to apply: 

Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to submit an application by email, enclosing the following by Sunday, 9 September 2018 at 6:00pm (Central European Summer Time):

  1. A cover letter (1 page maximum) addressing the main criteria, focusing especially on their interest and experiences in dealing with LGBTI news and website assessments.
  2. A current CV (2 pages maximum), including contact details of 2 references. Links to online CVs/resumes are also accepted. Links to online portfolios of publications and/or other communications work can be included in the CV.

Please rename the documents as follows:

  • Cover letter: FamilyName_Name_coverletter
  • CV: FamilyName_Name_CV

Do not attach any additional documents, as they will not be considered.

Applications should be sent to commsintern@ilga.org with the subject title ‘Communications Internship 2018/2019’. Late applications will not be considered. 
The CV and the cover letter should be submitted in English, and interviews with shortlisted candidates will be conducted in that language (although other declared language skills may be tested).

Process after application:

We expect to communicate our decision to shortlist a candidate by Thursday, 13 September 2018. Please bear in mind that, if you have not been contacted by 13 September 2018, 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, 19 September 2018.

Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday, 27 September 2018.

The interview itself will last approximately 45 minutes.

The internship is expected to commence on Monday, 1 October 2018.
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to confirm their availability to begin working on that date or, in case they cannot, to indicate when they would be able to start.


ILGA is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

It aims to ensure that all full-time and part-time employees, potential employees and other individuals receive equal treatment.
ILGA promotes gender and equality mainstreaming. Hence it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. 
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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