The objective of the Internship Programme of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) is to give university students and recent graduates with a special interest in human rights issues the opportunity to familiarise themselves with practical human rights work in order to complement academic studies in the field and to gain work experience. Read more.

Summary: RWI is seeking an intern for a period of three months, potentially renewable for an additional three months, to support the work of the RWI Europe Office (see further in Lund. Sweden. The internship is to be carried out during the autumn semester 2017 on either half-time (20 hours per week) or full-time (40 hours per week) basis.

Tasks: Under the supervision of the Director of the RWI Europe Office, the intern will provide support and be assigned tasks contributing to the overall work of the Europe Office. Main tasks will include:

  • Carrying out background research in areas falling under the mandate of the Europe Office (e.g. relating to Belarus in the UN; providing an account of recent recommendations / concluding observations from treaty bodies, the Universal Periodic Review, etc.)
  • Monitoring the international and regional discourse on gender equality issues relevant to Belarus.); and
  • Taking part in meetings of the Europe Office, and, when possible and relevant, assisting in the implementation of activities under the RWI Belarus cooperation.

Upon completion of the internship, the intern is expected to write a brief report on the internship, also in order to provide input into the continuous evaluation and improvement of the Internship Programme.

Following completion of the internship, the intern will be provided with a certificate.

Qualifications and Eligibility Criteria: Candidates are expected to have a relevant educational background pertaining to the human rights and/or gender equality field and a strong interest in research related to human rights and gender equality (prior such research experience is desirable). The intern is expected to be able to work independently and in close cooperation with the supervisor. In addition, the intern is expected to be fluent in English (in writing and orally). Knowledge of Russian is desirable.

Application procedure: To apply, please send a letter of motivation, CV, and short writing sample to no later than 7 August 2017.

Expected start date: September – October 2017 (exact date negotiable).