US Human Rights Network
The US Human Rights Network [USHRN] is a national network of organizations and individuals working to build and strengthen a people-centered human rights movement in the United States, where leadership is centered on those most directly affected by human rights violations, and the full range of diversity within communities is respected and embraced.
The Communications Internship at USHRN provides university students with an opportunity to participate in community engagement and advocacy projects on a wide variety of human rights issues including but not limited to: the rights of Indigenous Peoples; immigrants’ rights; criminal justice; reproductive freedom; racial justice; and international human rights mechanisms. The Communications Intern will be supervised by the USHRN Communications Director.
This internship is unpaid, with the opportunity to earn university credit. Work will be approximately 10-15 hour per week (at least 2 hours per working day) for a commitment of at least three months. The starting date and total internship hours are flexible according to the students’ needs and availability. The student may work from home, with a once weekly in-person meeting in Central Phoenix as needed. Communication will take place primarily over phone and email. There is an option to meet more regularly in person if requested.
The Communications Intern will be immersed in the fast-paced landscape of human rights advocacy in the United States. The student will professionally and critically evaluate and communicate Network stances on key human rights issues, and find creative ways to garner social media attention and followership while staying aligned with Network values and branding.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
● Use online softwares such as Canva or personal computer applications to create engaging images, flyers, infographics, and other content for use on Instagram and other social media platforms
● Independent research related to human rights topics (International Mechanisms, campaigns, education, and communications strategies/tools)
● Tracking and analyzing social media engagement using online tools, with the goal of increasing social media followership ● Ad hoc administrative duties (organizing, database creation/management) as needed
● Light video editing/creation if experience allows Desired Qualifications
● Basic knowledge of major human rights issues in the United States and the ongoing movements to defend human rights nationally
● Strong written communications skills
● Previous experience creating and updating social media accounts
● Experience creating original flyers, infographics, and other graphic images
● Time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
● Web design/HTML and video-editing experience is a plus
● Experience and willingness to work with people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ages, ideological positions, and religious views
● Willingness and ability to use personal computer for work and to work remotely How To Apply: Applicants should send a short cover letter, resume, and at least two multimedia samples (including images/flyers or other graphic content).
The cover letter should include your availability and your specific interests in human rights. Please email all materials to Communications Director Whitney Yang with the subject line “2019 Internship.”
USHRN is an equal opportunity employer. USHRN encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.