Summer 2017 Internship Program

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Overview
The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights is an organization devoted to bringing knowledge about gender to bear on the quest to end armed conflicts and build sustainable peace. Founded in 2002, and now based at the University of Massachusetts Boston, its work is a result of collaboration between scholars and researchers, as well as NGOs and international institutions such as the United Nations. Through knowledge-building workshops, conferences, publications, speaker events, and fellowship and internship programs, the Consortium generates critical new thinking and engagement on gender, war and peacebuilding, providing a necessary bridge between research, activism and policymaking.
 
Because we are a small, non-profit organization, our interns are integral to the successful execution of all of our core activities, from research to the management of the Consortium itself. Additionally, we see our internship program is a key part of fulfilling our mission to educate emerging scholars and professionals, so we strive to provide interns with educational opportunities and mentorship.
 
Responsibilities
The responsibilities vary and are determined individually for each intern. Our staff meets with each incoming intern to come up with a mix of assignments that best matches the intern's learning goals and skills with the Consortium's current needs.  This internship provides interns with the opportunity to see how a small-NGO functions on a day-to-day basis as well as develop their own leadership skills as an essential part of this organization.
 
Typical intern tasks include:
  • Assisting in the management of the organization, including serving as administrative liaison between staff and potential interns, and providing HR and front office support.
  • Supporting the expansion of the Consortium's Research Hub.
  • Researching a topic of interest to the intern and the Consortium.
  • Supporting our presence and engagement on social media.
  • Monitoring multiple listervs and searching for resources to create a monthly digest of job openings, conferences, research and funding opportunities in this field.
  • Supporting our participation in the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, which serves as a bridge between women's human rights defenders working in conflict-affected situations and policy-makers at UN Headquarters.
 
Requirements
  • Excellent organizational, research, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Positive and pro-active attitude
  • A high level of initiative and sense of responsibility
  • An expressed and/or demonstrated interest in gender and security
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • The ability to multi-task
  • The ability to work both independently and in team settings
  • Computer literacy (familiarity with Microsoft office and Google documents)
  • High school diploma minimum. Most interns are current students (sophomores through PhD candidates) or recent graduates, though occasionally we do accept exceptional freshmen.   
 
Additional Info
Hours are flexible, and most work can be completed on a home computer.  The summer internship program offers full-time (35-40 hours/week) positions only. Most successful candidates are available from the end of May/beginning of June until the end of August. While some work can be completed remotely, all interns are expected to work from the Consortium’s office at the University of Massachusetts Boston at least twice/week for on-campus intern meetings, trainings, workshops, etc. 
 
Please note, this is an unpaid position.
University of Massachusetts Boston students are highly encouraged to apply for the Beacon's Student Success Fellowship in tandem with their Consortium Internship application.  
 
Application Deadline
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
 
How to apply
  • Complete the online information form.
  • Submit a cover letter and resume  to the Consortium's Director, Dr. Carol Cohn, at volunteer@genderandsecurity.org
  • Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Carol Cohn (also at, volunteer@genderandsecurity.org).  These letters should come from either two professors or a professor and an employer and must be emailed directly by the recommender.

 

***If you have difficulty accessing the information form please contact Anna Sullivan: anna.sullivan@umb.edu

 
 
 

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