Internships at OutRight
General Information and Requirements
OutRight is currently seeking applicants for full and part-time internship positions at its New York City, USA headquarters. Interns are typically exposed to the day-to-day operations of nonprofit work as well as substantive, project-oriented assignments. Interns will actively participate in organization meetings as well as individual meetings with their supervisor. Both undergraduates and graduates with an interest and passion for human rights, LGBT issues, and gender equality are strongly encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates are undergraduate or graduate students with a demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular interest in social justice, human rights, and/or LGBT issues with strong writing abilities.
- Summer Internships: June – August, deadline February 28
- Autumn Internships: September - December, rolling applications
- Spring Internships: January – May, rolling applications
We ask that part-time interns be available for at least 20 hours per week.
Types of Internships Available
United Nations Advocacy Week Intern (SHORT TERM)
OutRight’s annual week of Global Advocacy takes place every December in New York City. The event brings over 40 activists from around the world to New York for a week to meet with country missions and UN agencies about their specific country priorities. The week culminates with our annual one-day conference, OutSummit, which features a number of amazing workshops, panels, and speakers related to international LGBTIQ human rights. UN Advocacy Week Interns will work with OutRight staff as an integral part of the team by:
- Helping to plan and organize Advocacy Week events, from happy hours, to mission meetings, to our annual one-day conference, OutSummit.
- Providing logistical support to activists joining OutRight for the week
- Providing support during select meetings at the United Nations
Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular interest in social justice, human rights, and/or LGBTIQ issues with strong organizational skills. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication, a keen ability to problem solve, an understanding cultural differences, and strong attention to detail. Events experience is a plus. Note that this internship is a short-term position from November 15th to December 15th.
UN Program Intern:
The United Nations (UN) Program leads OutRight’s international advocacy work through participation in intergovernmental mechanisms, with a particular focus on the New York based UN system. The Program works with diplomatic missions, participates in relevant meetings at the UN, works with UN mechanisms, special funds and programs, and monitors and reports on developments relevant to the organization's work in this context. The UN program also coordinates the activities of international civil society to advocate that their governments to take action to address human rights concerns in line with OutRight’s objectives in the UN and other inter-governmental systems.
UN Program Interns will work with OutRight staff as an integral part of the team by:
- Monitoring developments at the UN, via meeting observation, websites and reports
- Supporting advocacy efforts by civil society by providing desk-based research support to initiatives
- Drafting communications to governments, diplomatic missions, the UN Secretariat, mechanisms, special funds and programs, and civil society
- Providing administrative support, including database maintenance, record keeping and filing
- Coordinating with OutRight regional staff in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean
Ideal candidates will be graduate students, or law students with a demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular interest in social justice, human rights, and/or LGBT issues with strong writing and communication abilities.
Asia & Pacific Islands Program Intern:
Our work in Asia promotes acceptance of sexual and gender diversity at all levels of society. Our staff includes the regional coordinator from Malaysia who is based in the United States and project officers based in the Philippines and Singapore. To increase access to justice and protections for LGBTIQ people, our staff is developing ways to track and ultimately change discriminatory laws, policies and practices. We monitor anti-discrimination bills as they are being drafted, push for inclusive language and implementation of laws prohibiting domestic violence, and develop legal and non-legal strategies to improve police responses and responses of human rights monitoring bodies.
Asia Program Interns will work with OutRight staff as an integral part of the team by:
- Assisting in country specific research and writing projects
- Coordinating with the Asia Regional Program Coordinator and Communications team to translate our work on the ground into material to share with the public
- Communicate with OutRight partners to facilitate project work
- Providing administrative support
Communications interns will gain hands-on experience in non-profit communications work, including media relations, message development, publication and media outlet monitoring, media production, editing and translation. Responsibilities will vary according to departmental needs but may include: monitoring news outlets; editing web communications, and reports; maintaining the press contact database; writing articles; contacting journalists about potential stories; research for digital media strategy and target audiences; social media-related activities; or planning events.
Here are the skills:
- Experience as a digital journalist for school or other newspaper to produce 300 to 400 word blog on OutRight issues with subject guidance,
- help with digital media distribution for online marketing and social media,
- ability to synthesize material to help produce weekly news roundup / copy editing skills
- research, as needed for opeds, info graphics, press releases
- interest in/familiarity with global media to create lists for media work.
- interest in graphic/web design and media making a plus
Ideal candidates will be undergraduate or graduate students with a demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular interest in social justice, human rights, and/or LGBT issues with strong writing abilities. Individuals with a particular interest in non-profit communications as well as individuals with spoken or written proficiency in multiple languages are encouraged to apply. There will be opportunities to be responsible for completing media projects that can be used on your resume for future employment.
The exciting opportunity to work in OutRight's small and thus, fast-paced Development Department will provide exposure to a range of strategies used to support a non-profit organization, including foundation and grant proposals, corporate and organizational sponsorship, individual donor solicitation, special event planning and product sales.
Development Interns will work with OutRight staff as an integral part of the team by:
- Conducting research, tracking findings, developing a strategy related to prospective funding sources, including foundations, corporations and major donors
- Monitoring marketing and fundraising trends within the fields of LGBTIQ advocacy and international human rights
- Helping to plan and organize fundraising events, including at least one house party and our large annual awards ceremony, working with volunteers and the OutRight Engagement committees worldwide
- Providing assistance tracking and managing donors
Ideal candidates will be undergraduate or graduate students with a demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular interest in social justice, human rights, and/or LGBTIQ issues with strong organizational skills. This position requires strong attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communication, familiarity with Excel/Word and skillful ability with Internet searches. Fundraising, marketing and database experience a plus.
How to Apply
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample (no more than 5 pages) as separate MS Word or PDF attachments to internships[at]outrightinternational.org with "Internship Program" as the subject header. In your cover letter, please specify for which internship program and term you are applying.