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Internship Opportunity: Digital Engagement & Training Resources Internship, WITNESS


WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. Founded 20 years ago by musician and activist Peter Gabriel, WITNESS partners with NGOs, community groups, and grassroots organizations around the globe.

Internships at WITNESS offer a unique, hands-on opportunity to enhance their educational objectives through practical, real-world experience under the guidance and mentoring of experienced professionals in the areas of human rights, video advocacy, communications, media operations, fundraising, IT, human resources, and nonprofit administration. Interns participate in an array of activities depending on the department and projects, which may include logging footage, translation, research, event planning, online outreach, and organizational support.

WITNESS is looking for a highly motivated intern to support the development of our human rights video training resources and our outreach and engagement efforts around these materials. This internship is customizable and a great opportunity individual looking to gain experience working within a human rights organization.

Tasks Include:
• Support online and offline outreach initiatives, including Surge Response, by sending emails, creating newsletters, blogging, updating WITNESS websites, helping Program staff prepare for trainings, etc.
• Add contact information to the Video for Change Community database
• Help keep training materials and translations organized and updated on the WITNESS Library, internal spaces and on GitHub.
• Support translation efforts through maintaining the Volunteer Translator Database and facilitating translation projects as needed.
• Assist with adding subtitles to videos and designing documents in InDesign.
• Assist with monitoring and evaluation of the materials and responding to internal and external feedback
• Proactively identify online spaces and organizations that could be interested in using/sharing the resources.
• Assist with program administration tasks as needed.

Potential interns should be undergraduates or graduate students. We look for a focus in studies on human rights, international relations, history, political science, or film/media studies

Candidates should have:
• A background in human rights, training and/or video.
• Exceptional organizational skills.
• Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and/or Final Cut Pro is an added bonus.
• Some familiarity with working with online platforms such as, WordPress and/or GitHub is recommended by not required.
• For this internship, strong writing skills are required and additional language skills (particularly Arabic, French Spanish or Portuguese) are a significant plus.

All interns are expected to spend between 20-30% of their time engaged in administrative support to program and office-wide staff.

General Information
We require a minimum commitment of 2 months, for at least 16 hours a week. Internships are unpaid. Preference is given to intern applicants receiving credit at their educational institution. All internships are based in our Brooklyn office, convenient to the Atlantic Terminal / Barclay Center (2,3,4,5,B,D,Q,N, & R trains), LIRR, and the C (Lafayette) and G (Fulton) trains.

No phone inquiries, please. We strongly prefer applications by email to including a Resume and Cover Letter with “Training Support” in the Subject.

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