CGSHR Summer 2020 Internship

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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.
Intern 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.
  • Assisting in research for Consortium publications.
  • Conducting background research on topics relevant to the Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace project.
  • Supporting our presence and engagement on social media.
  • Maintaining and updating the Consortium's website. 
  • 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)
  • 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 personal computer.  The summer internship program offers full-time (35-40 hours/week) positions only. Ideally candidates should be able to commit at least two and a half months to this position, and end their internships no earlier than August 15th; most successful candidates are available from the end of May/beginning of June until the end of August or later. 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. 
This is an unpaid position.
Please note that due to the volume of applications received, only finalists will be contacted.
Application Deadline
Preference will be given to applications submitted by Friday, April 3, 2020. We will still accept applications after April 3rd, and they will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to include the possibility of remote internships for Summer 2020.
How to apply
  1. Complete the online information form.
  2. Submit a cover letter and resume to the Consortium's Director, Dr. Carol Cohn, at
  3. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Carol Cohn at,  These letters should come from either two professors or a professor and an employer and must be emailed directly by the recommender.

*Please note, applications will not be reviewed until all three steps have been completed

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