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 peace that is sustainable for both people and planet. 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 policymakers and practitioners from 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, peacebuilding and the climate crisis, providing a necessary bridge between research, activism and policy-making.
Because we are a small, non-profit organization, our interns are integral to the successful execution of all our core activities, from research, to outreach, to the management of the Consortium itself. Additionally, we see our internship program as a key part of fulfilling our mission to educate emerging scholars and professionals, so we strive to provide interns with educational opportunities and mentorship.
The responsibilities vary and are determined individually for each intern. Our staff meets with each incoming intern to develop a set 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 include:
- Assisting in the management of the organization, including serving as an administrative liaison between staff and potential interns, and providing HR and front office support.
- Supporting the expansion of the Consortium’s Research Hub.
- Assisting in research for Consortium publications.
- Conducting background research on topics relevant to the Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace and Planet (FRSPP) project.
- Supporting our presence and engagement on social media.
- Maintaining and updating the Consortium’s website.
During the Fall of 2021, the Consortium’s activities will center on holding two international knowledge building workshops – one on “The Climate Crisis, Gender, and Building Sustainable Peace,” and the other on “Extractives, Gender, and Building Sustainable Peace.” These will require research, logistics, and communications support. In addition, we will maintain to our usual activities such as our speaker series and Research Hub updating.
For Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, we are seeking at least one intern to focus on research, 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 these 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.
- Excellent organizational, research, communications, and interpersonal skills
- Positive and proactive attitude
- A high level of initiative and sense of responsibility
- An interest in gender and security
- Meticulous attention to detail
- The ability to efficiently prioritize when working on multiple projects
- The ability to work both independently and in team settings
- Computer literacy (familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google documents)
- Most interns are current university students (sophomores through PhD or JD candidates) or recent graduates
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Hours are flexible, and most work can be completed on a personal computer.
- During fall and spring semesters, both part time (15-20 hours/week) and full-time internships (35-40 hours/week) are available, though strong preference is given to applicants able to make a full-time commitment and/or able to work both semesters.
- In the summer, internships are full-time; ideally, interns should be able to commit at least two and a half months to this position, and end their internships no earlier than December 15th. Later end dates are preferred.
For Spring 2022 internships, preference will be given to applications submitted by Friday November 19, 2021. However, if any positions remain open past that time, later applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please first email email@example.com 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 both remote and in-person internships. Please note that unfortunately, due to the volume of applications received, only finalists will be contacted.
(Some educational institutions require prior approval before the start of an internship. It is the responsibility of the student to check with their institution to be sure they meet any requirements before they accept a position)
Please complete the following steps:
- Complete the online Internship Form.
- Submit a cover letter and resume to the Consortium’s Director, Dr. Carol Cohn, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be specific about the time period for which you are seeking an internship, the weekly time commitment you are prepared to make, and whether you are applying for an in-person or remote internship.
- Submit a 2-3 page writing sample to email@example.com. This writing sample doesn’t need to be related to gender, security, or human rights, but should be an excellent example of your analytical, research, and writing abilities.
- Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Carol Cohn at, firstname.lastname@example.org. These letters should come from either two professors or a professor and an employer and must be emailed directly by the recommender.
*Please note, applications will not be reviewed until all three steps have been completed.