Intern - Protection and Prevention Team
Spring 2014 | Unpaid full-time and part-time, in-office positions
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of over 320 higher education institutions and their members in 35 countries dedicated to promoting academic freedom and defending the human rights of scholars worldwide. Scholars at Risk’s mission is to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education communities, and promote academic freedom.
SAR seeks an intern to assist SAR’s Protection team, helping threatened scholars resume their academic lives in safety; and SAR’s Prevention team, monitoring attacks on higher education globally. The intern will work with the Protection team to assess applications for help, prepare summary materials on scholars accepted for direct assistance, and work with SAR staff to provide academic job advice and support to relevant scholars. On the Prevention side, the intern will assist in reviewing incidents of attacks on higher education reported to SAR, including tracking in SAR’s internal systems and conducting independent research where necessary.
- Exceptional writing and editorial skills
- Strong attention to detail, and strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities
- Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international education
- Previous research experience highly desirable
- Knowledge of foreign languages highly desirable
- Prepare and assess materials from applicants seeking SAR’s assistance
- Conduct research on human rights and academic freedom concerns in applicants’ home countries
- Draft summary materials on scholars accepted for SAR’s help for circulation to partners and member institutions
- With SAR staff, provide career-related advice and support to SAR scholars
- Track reports of attacks on academic freedom in database and internal systems
- Conduct independent research to identify incidents in specific regions on an ad-hoc basis
- Draft descriptions of SAR-staff identified incidents on an ad-hoc basis
- Update database contacts and records, in addition to other administrative duties
How to apply
Please send resume and cover letter to Scholars at Risk at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Spring internship application.” In your cover letter, please indicate whether you are interested in a full- or part-time internship, as well as the days and hours you would be available. Call with any questions: +1 212 998-2179.
SAR regularly hires New York-based graduate and undergraduate students to work in the office as researchers, assistant case managers and administrative support. Contact the SAR office for more information on p/t student employment opportunities.
Internships at the SAR Network Office
SAR welcomes student interns for part- and full-time opportunities. All positions are unpaid. Preference for internships is given to students at SAR member institutions. SAR will work with interns to comply with the requirements of any stipend or internship-for-credit programs at their institution. Most internships are based at SAR's offices at New York University, although remote internship opportunities (from the student's home campus) are possible. Current internship opportunities include:
- Assistant case officers (Advocacy): Responsibility for SAR advocacy on behalf of threatened and imprisoned scholars still in their home countries. Monitor primary sources (media, internet, ngos, etc.) for reports of threats to scholars, students & universities. Evaluate cases and report to SAR staff. When appropriate, prepare alerts and updates for SAR members and SAR website.
- Law student researchers: With supervision from SAR staff undertake research and writing on international standards for protection of academic freedom. Work on other special projects as appropriate.
- Development department intern: Development Director is seeking an intern to help build capacity by identifying new sources of funding for Scholars at Risk. Intern will research a variety of donors likely to fund SAR programs; prepare profiles that will be used by staff and leadership to cultivate prospects. In addition, the intern will help plan and present a 10th anniversary conference with international scope.
- New media intern: Assist in the development of creative visual representations of SAR’s work. Candidates should be proficient in platforms such as flash, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Video and Audio Streaming, RSS feeds, social networks and blogs. Opportunity for creative impact.
- Outreach and special projects: Research new partnerships with universities and colleges worldwide, including Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Assist to strategize and coordinate events and faculty working groups. Assist with special projects.
- Student Advocacy Seminars: Scholars at Risk seeks interest from network institutions to participate in SAR’s Student Advocacy Seminars, an opportunity for teams of faculty-supervised students to engage in research and advocacy on behalf of detained, imprisoned or missing scholars, in cooperation with SAR’s Scholars in Prison project. As part of the project, each participating campus will adopt one or more imprisoned or missing scholars. Participating faculty will arrange for and supervise a small group seminar, independent study, or internship workshop for students from their own institution. The program can be designed for one semester or longer, and for academic, service or writing credit. Students enrolling in the seminar would gain experience in human rights research, standards and mechanisms; persuasive writing (including case dossiers, letters and appeal campaigns); leadership development; advocacy and lobbying; and awareness-building. Students will work to raise awareness of the scholar’s situation and conditions in the country or region. Faculty will supervise student activities and coordinate with SAR staff. For additional information, download SAR's informational flyer or contact the Scholars at Risk network office.
Candidates must be able to assume significant responsibility. Excellent communication, organization and writing skills required. Proficiency in Microsoft office programs required. Interest or experience in international affairs, human rights advocacy, NGO or non-profit organization/management preferred. Graduate students preferred but qualified undergraduates are welcome. Foreign language skills preferred but not required. SAR prioritizes candidates from network member universities and colleges.
Volunteers are invited to contact SAR at any time. Intern applications are considered 3 times each year: Fall (by September 15), Spring (by December 1) and Summer (by April 1).
How to apply
Interested candidates are invited to send a copy of their resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please describe your interest in SAR's work, what you would hope to gain from an intership and the area of SAR's work on which you would most like to work (direct assistance to scholars, human rights research and advocacy, outreach and capacity-building, building partners with institutions abroad; legal/international standards building.)
Volunteers are invited to contact the SAR office to discuss their interests and availability. Current volunteer opportunities include (click for PDF):
- Newsletter contributor (10-15 hours/semester): Each semester, SAR publishes a newsletter featuring members, scholars, events and issues. SAR seeks a volunteer to interview scholars and SAR member institutions to be featured in the newsletter and to write short articles based on interviews.
- Fellowship researcher (2-3 hours/week): SAR seeks a volunteer to research available fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
- Campus event coordinator: Member institutions are encouraged to promote academic freedom issues, involving the university community. Host a departmental brown bag lunch and invite your primary rep to discuss academic freedom issues. Invite a SAR scholar or officer to speak to classes or on a panel. Offer to co-host an academic freedom event with SAR.
- Scholar-advocate (12 hours/case): SAR seeks volunteers to assist scholars with job and fellowship searchs; offering assistance with formatting resumes, cover letters, etc.; and contacting colleagues who might be interested in working with or advising the scholar.
- Academic freedom survey development (10 hours/week): SAR seeks volunteers to assist in the development of an academic freedom survey and poll. Experience in methodology development is preferred. Groups or teams of students and faculty at member institutions are encouraged to apply.