Internship Program

Photo: Summer 2020, Summer 2021 & Fall 2021 Intern Cohort Headshots

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.

Open Positions:

Fall 2022/Spring 2023 internships are now open! Please read more about our Internship Program below.


Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Internships

Internship Description and Responsibilities

Intern responsibilities vary and are determined individually for each intern, though you can of course express interest in one or more of the following categories of intern positions in your application. 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 may include:
  • Assisting in the management of the organization, including serving as an administrative liaison between staff and other interns as an intern team leader.
  • Assisting in research for Consortium bibliographic resources.
  • Supporting our presence and engagement with external networks.
  • Maintaining and updating the Consortium's website. 

During the Fall of 2022, the Consortium's activities will center on holding one international knowledge building workshop, "The Climate Crisis, Gender, and Building Sustainable Peace." This will require research, logistics and communications support. In addition, we will maintain our usual activities, such as our speaker series and Research Hub updating.

For Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, we are seeking at least one intern with significant social media and communications experience in a professional setting, as well as an intern with graphic design skill. The expectations and responsibilities for each of our main intern roles are as follows:

Research and Administrative Intern: Research and Administrative Interns’ role includes responsibilities such as: supporting the expansion of the Consortium’s Research Hub; assisting in research for Consortium publications; providing support in planning Consortium events; transcribing recordings of interviews, speaker events and workshops; and conducting background research on topics relevant to the Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace and Planet (FRSPP) project. Additionally, they will provide administrative support to the Consortium, helping to manage a variety of organizational functions and operations.

Social Media and Communications Intern: Social Media and Communications Interns will provide support in running the Consortium’s social media accounts, and in the execution of our communications strategy. They will manage our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; research and share relevant sources and events with our followers; publicize the organization’s publications and events; and do outreach to our key constituencies. They will also provide administrative support to the Consortium’s organizational functions and operations.

Graphic Design Intern: The Graphic Design Intern will be responsible for designing graphics for the Consortium’s website, publications, events, and social media posts. Ideally, the intern would also create infographics and assist in creating new project logos. They will also provide administrative support to the Consortium’s organizational functions and operations.

 

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)
  • Most interns are current students (undergraduate sophomores through PhD candidates) or recent graduates, though occasionally we do accept exceptional undergraduate freshmen.   

 

Additional Info

For Fall 2022 internships, preference will be given to applications submited by Monday, July 25th, 2022. However, if any positions remain open past that time, later applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please first email volunteer [at] genderandsecurity.org to check if this is the case. Hours are flexible, and most work can be completed on a personal computer. Applications will be accepted for remote, in-person, and hybrid internships. 

During fall and spring semesters, both part time (15-20 hours/week) and full-time (35-40 hours/week) internships are available, though strong preference is given to applicants able to make a full-time commitment and/or able to work both semesters.

This is an unpaid position.

Please note that due to the volume of applications received, only finalists will be contacted. 

 

How to Apply:

1 - Complete the online information form.
 
2 - Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 page writing sample to the Consortium's Director, Dr. Carol Cohn, at volunteer [at] genderandsecurity.org. 
 
3 - Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Carol Cohn at, volunteer [at] 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 any questions, please email volunteer [at] genderandsecurity.org.

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