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Alkarama’s internship programme – in both our Legal and Communication departments – provides opportunities for young graduates with an interest in the Arab world to gain experience in a multicultural NGO, working in cooperation with the United Nations, to defend victims of human rights violations in the MENA region. Alkarama’s interns have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the work of the organisation, thus gaining a valuable experience that can be carried forward through the rest of their careers. We offer full-time internships lasting for six months in our Geneva headquarters. There are two rounds of internships every year, one starting in January until the end of June, the other from July until December. Alkarama is part of the “We pay our interns” initiative and as such provides its interns with a monthly stipend.
The work of legal interns incudes a variety of tasks such as research, interviewing of victims and recording of testimonies, drafting of complaints for submission to the UN human rights protection mechanisms, attendance and note-taking at UN conferences including the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review and the sessions of the Treaty Bodies, synthesizing of information about individual cases of human rights violations, and drafting of reports.
The ideal legal intern holds a Masters degree in law or social sciences with an international law component, speaks and writes fluently French or English with preferably a working knowledge of the other, with Arabic being a valuable asset. The applicant should also have strong analytical and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in human rights and the Middle East.
The media intern is working closely with his/her colleagues of both the legal and media departments. The work includes writing news stories for Alkarama’s website, publishing articles, maintaining and monitoring social media networks (Twitter/Facebook) and media contacts’ database. The intern is also expected to contribute to the production of our audio-visual work.
The ideal communications intern holds a degree in journalism, communications, human rights or international relations, previous experience in a news, communications or campaigning organisation, a good understanding of social media and multimedia tools. The intern must also have an excellent command of English, with preferably a working knowledge of French and/or Arabic and a demonstrated interest in politics and the media in the Arab world.
We currently do not have any internship openings. The openings are usually advertised in October for the January-June internship and April for the July-December internship.
Swiss Civil Service
- Assistant contact victimes et rédaction de plaintes (042718), Geneva.
- Assistant contact victimes et travail audio visuel (042719), Geneva.