Full-time Internship in ERRC, Budapest

Deadline: 1 July 2011
Open to:  individuals over 20, interested in work with minorities

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. In line with its Equal Opportunity Policy, ERRC offers a limited number of stipends for full-time internships to Romani individuals. The ERRC is currently accepting applications from persons wishing to intern at the ERRC for 3-6 months between September 2011 and February 2012.

Task Description

All interns will receive professional guidance and be directly supervised by the Human Rights Trainer. Interns will also work together with the other ERRC programmes, including research and advocacy, legal, media and communications, as well as finance, operations and executive management. Activities and tasks of interns shall include both theoretical learning and practical skills development components, including but not limited to:

  • Researching Roma rights related topics;
  • Monitoring of stakeholders, policy-makers, think tanks, etc.;
  • Drafting reports on human rights abuse or legal documents;
  • Detailed monitoring of news and information on Roma rights;
  • Conducting legal research and assisting in preparing cases for strategic litigation in domestic courts and international tribunals;
  • Attending meetings and events related to the mission of ERRC and producing briefing documents;
  • Engaging in advocacy efforts and supporting human rights training courses;
  • Assisting in ERRC activities and projects, including logistically/administratively;
  • Updating and developing materials for the ERRC website;
  • Helping maintain ERRC information databases;
  • Editing and translating texts;
  • Other tasks to be determined together with the Human Rights Trainer and the project-related supervisor.

Eligibility

Applicants should have:

  • Extensive experience living and working in Romani communities;
  • Good command of English, both written and spoken, is essential. Preference will be give to applicants who are able to work in the following languages: Romani, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian and Ukrainian;
  • At minimum, completed secondary education; university level studies preferred;
  • The ability to working 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;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office; and
  • Be a minimum of 20 years of age.

The ERRC encourages applications representing all segments of society (women, LGBT, disabled people, etc).

Romani individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for an internship stipend. 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.

How to Apply

Interested persons should submit all of the following materials to be considered for placement:

  1. A fully completed application form
  2. A brief, unedited writing sample, preferably human rights’ focused (maximum 2 A4 pages).

The deadline for applications is 1 July at midnight CET time.

Only complete application packages will be considered; please submit both documents together. No telephone or email inquiries. Completed application packages should be submitted to Ms Dora Eke:

Subject heading: ERRC Intern Search
Email: [email protected]

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