European Roma Rights Centre Internships, Hungary

Deadline: 15 March 2013
Open to: candidates 20 years or older with experience living/working in Romani communities. Completed university level studies is preferred as is applicants able to work in Romani, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Italian, French, Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian.
Remuneration: none, but stipends are available for Romani individuals ONLY to cover travel, subsistence and insurance

Description

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for its full-time internship programme. The ERRC offers interns a dynamic, fast-paced, international human rights environment, based in Budapest, Hungary. Romani and non-Romani interns are chosen for this programme through a competitive bi-annual selection process. The ERRC is currently accepting applications from persons wishing to intern at the ERRC for 6 months starting between April-August 2013In line with its Equal Opportunity Policy, ERRC offers a limited number of stipends for full-time internships to Romani individuals only.

Romani individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for an internship stipend by completing Section Four of the application form. For stipend recipients, the programme includes an in-country follow-up component. The ERRC and selected interns will work together to implement jointly community-based human rights initiatives (small research, advocacy or other related projects) in a Romani community as follow up to the time spent at the ERRC office. This component is optional but applicants expressing interest in the follow-up will be given priority in the programme.

The ERRC can provide relevant letters of support for prospective interns seeking to secure outside funding for the internship. Students may be able to arrange academic credit for their internship and should check with their academic institutions for requirements.

All interns are responsible for their own travel, subsistence and insurance arrangements; the ERRC can provide advice as necessary. At the moment ERRC is looking for the following positions:

COMMUNICATION INTERN (ONE POSITION)

  • Implementing ERRC communications activities in close cooperation with the existing communications team
  • Detailed monitoring of news and information on Roma rights
  • Editing newsletter and writing articles and maintaining social media outlets
  • Assisting the editing and updating of the ERRC’s website
  • Keeping ERRC active on social media (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Updating and developing materials for the ERRC website
  • Helping maintain ERRC information databases
  • Performing miscellaneous tasks as they arise or as a specific interest develops.

RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY INTERNS (TWO POSITIONS)

  • Researching Roma rights related topics
  • Monitoring of stakeholders, policy-makers, think tanks, etc.
  • Drafting reports on human rights abuse
  • Attending meetings and events related to the mission of the ERRC and producing briefing documents
  • Engaging in advocacy efforts
  • Editing and translating texts (according to linguistic proficiency)
  • Performing miscellaneous tasks as they arise or as a specific interest develops.

HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION INTERN (ONE POSITION)

  • Assisting with research and training material development
  • Monitoring of stakeholders, policy-makers, think tanks, etc.
  • Assisting with planning trainings, workshops, and speaking engagements
  • Conducting background research and compiling resource lists for use in trainings and educational materials
  • Reviewing and assisting in updates and changes to the HRE webpage
  • Assisting with identifying and developing new partnerships
  • Assisting with developing and organising human rights activities within the ERRC Internship Programme (guest speakers, internal workshops, etc.)
  • Performing miscellaneous tasks as they arise or as a specific interest develops.

LEGAL INTERN (ONE POSITION)

  • Legal research on specific topics
  • Assisting in preparing cases for litigation (organising / gathering evidence, proof-reading pleadings, etc)
  • Assisting in building and maintaining the ERRC’s case management systems
  • Assisting with planning trainings, workshops and speaking engagements
  • Conducting background research and compiling resource lists for use in legal trainings
  • Reviewing and assisting in updates and changes to the strategic litigation webpage
  • Editing and translating texts (according to linguistic proficiency)
  • Performing miscellaneous tasks as they arise or as a specific interest develops.

ALL Interns will be assisting in ERRC activities and projects, including logistically/administratively, and other tasks to be determined together with the Human Rights Trainer and/or the project-related supervisor. All interns will receive professional guidance and be directly supervised by the Human Rights Trainer.

Eligibility

ALL Applicants should have:

  • Experience living in and/or working with Romani communities;
  • Good command of English, both written and spoken, is essential. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to work also in the following languages: Romani, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Italian, French, Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian;
  • At minimum, completed secondary education; university level studies preferred (required for Legal Intern);
  • The ability to work in a diverse, multicultural environment in a proper, timely fashion with supervision;
  • Good organisational and communication skills, commitment and enthusiasm;
  • Flexibility and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • A proven track of activism in the Romani movement or human rights movement;
  • Project management interest; and
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Be a minimum of 20 years of age.

Please review the official website HERE for more specific requirements for each position.

Application

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 15 MARCH 2013 AT MIDNIGHT CET TIME. Interested persons should submit both of the following documents to be considered for placement:

  • A fully completed application form AVAILABLE HERE (clearly stating for which position you are applying);
  • A brief, unedited writing sample, preferably human rights focused (maximum 2 A4 pages).

Completed application packages should be submitted to Ms. Dora Eke with the subject heading: ERRC INTERN SEARCH-POSITION FOR WHICH YOU’RE APPLYING. You may submit by email at dora.eke@errc.org or by fax at + 36.1.413.2201.

For more information, please see the official website HERE.