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ERRC Seeks Interns

20 September 2010

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) offers a limited number of unpaid internship opportunities each year in a dynamic, fast-paced, international human rights environment, based in Budapest, Hungary. Individuals are chosen for this programme through a competitive bi-annual selection process. The ERRC is currently accepting applications from persons wishing to intern at the ERRC for 2-6 months between March and August 2011.

Task description

Interns will primarily work in the ERRC legal and programmes (research, advocacy, communications and human rights education) departments. ERRC interns are generally involved in a range of administrative and substantive activities. Depending on the organisation’s needs and the intern’s interests and abilities, ERRC interns may help ERRC staff file materials and provide other administrative support, help update the ERRC website’s new content management system, arrange events and research missions, monitor human rights developments through desk and/or field research, edit reports, translate texts, develop materials for the ERRC website, draft reports on human rights abuse or legal documents, conduct legal research and assist in preparing cases for strategic litigation in domestic courts and international tribunals, engage in advocacy efforts and support human rights training of activists.

Profile of applicants

All applicants should be a minimum of 20 years of age. University/college graduates or students are preferred. A good command of English is required; knowledge of regional languages is a plus. Strong writing skills are desired. Experience living or working in Romani communities is preferable; knowledge of Roma rights issues and relevant coursework is a benefit. Applicants should be self-motivated, well-organised and reliable, with a strong interest in human rights. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required. The internship is a full-time commitment.

The ERRC can provide relevant letters of support for prospective interns seeking to secure outside funding for the internship. Students may be able to arrange academic credit for their internship and should check with their academic institutions for requirements. Interns are responsible for their own travel, subsistence and insurance arrangements; the ERRC can provide advice as necessary.

How to Apply

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

  1. A letter of interest outlining why you should be selected and which department you would like to be placed in;
  2. A CV;
  3. Contact details for two references; and
  4. A brief, unedited writing sample.

Only complete application packages will be reviewed; please submit all documents together. Please do not call or make email inquiries.

Completed application packages should be submitted to Ms Dora Eke:

Subject heading: ERRC Intern Search

Email: dora.eke@errc.org
Fax: + 36.1.413.2201

The final deadline for applications is 26 November 2010. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Only short-listed applicants will be notified. If you have not been contacted within three weeks of the deadline, consider that your application was not successful in this round. A new call for internships will be issued in April 2011; please check our website regularly.

The ERRC is an equal opportunity organisation and does not discriminate on any ground. Romani candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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