Join our team! Internship at the RWI Communications Department 

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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: The Communications Department is looking for two full-time interns for the fall term of 2023  (August-December). The interns will work in our office in Lund.  

Tasks: Under the supervision of the Director of Communications, you will: 

  • Provide support and be assigned tasks contributing to the overall work of the Communications Unit, which includes supporting the departments Research & Education as well as the International Programmes  
  • Write and publish news articles, blog posts, and more about our work for our website and our intranet, as well as for our newsletter  
  • Create graphical design content in Canva, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop 
  • Create videos: create storyboards and videos  
  • Create podcasts: interview our partners, lecturers and edit as well as publish the podcasts 
  • Write and publish updates for our Social Media channels: mainly Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube 
  • Document (text and photo) events, such as lectures and seminars and film festival events. 
  • Participate in the planning and execution of events (film festival and more) 
  • Assist in planning content (social media content calendar and more) 

We asked our previous interns:

What is doing an internship at the RWI Communications Department like?

Elina: Doing an internship at RWI has been a great learning experience for me, both in terms of skills and personal development. I have felt incredibly welcome in the comms team, and seen that my contributions and opinions have been valued. To feel that your work matters means a lot. The tasks have been versatile and challenging to a rewarding degree, with a good amount of responsibility and constant support from the team. All new communication and organisational skills I’ve gained will be useful to me in the future, and to learn so much about the human rights work around the world has been a bright light in these challenging times.

Kerime: It has been really fun and interesting to do an internship with the communications department at RWI! The tasks of the interns are diverse, from designing flyers and folders, to working with the international human rights programmes all around the world, and from making podcasts to developing the website. I have learnt a lot of new skills and feel really included and encouraged by the colleagues

Mpiti: My internship at RWI has been nothing short of exceptional! I would describe it as a truly life-changing experience from a professional and personal point of view. Throughout my time at RWI, I have been entrusted with a wide range of important tasks that have allowed me to gain practical knowledge and experience in the field of human rights. In addition to this, I have also had the opportunity to meet and know many interesting people with diverse backgrounds. Not only have I come away from this experience with a greater sense of professional awareness, I have also gained a wealth of knowledge through the amazing network of staff, researchers, and other colleagues I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths with.

Daniel: I am incredibly happy to have been given the opportunity to do this internship! This experience has been intellectually and professionally edifying. Not coming from a human rights field, I took this as a chance to learn from people working in the field – be it as programme officers who do direct engagement, or as researchers. The office has a lively and convivial atmosphere. The tasks given to an intern are varied and adapt to one’s strengths and interests, though they do not neglect weaknesses which could be improved. Said tasks helped me learn valuable skills ranging from practical ones to more theoretical, research-oriented ones. I have met great people here with whom I’m sure I will keep in touch.

Throughout the internship, you will gain practical experience in communication work and be an integrated part of the communications team. You will also become more familiar with the role that academic institutions play in promoting human rights. Hopefully you will have fun, too! 

When you have completed the internship, we believe you will have learned a lot. You will get a certificate and new connections for life. Welcome to apply.  

Qualifications and Eligibility Criteria: 

We prefer that you are enrolled in a university and do this internship as part of your degree, as the internship is unpaid. 

 Fluent in English
– Well-organised and self-motivated with excellent writing skills
– Good know-how of social media, and be able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
– Flexible and able to take on initiatives
– Perhaps some experience with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop or interested in learning
– University students within journalism/communication/media programmes, as well as law/human rights/political science programmes are encouraged to apply 

Application procedure: To apply, please send a short letter of motivation, your CV, and short writing sample to  ( Director of Communications.

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