Communications Internship – Fall 2017

Witness, Inc
  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 22

Position description


WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. Founded nearly 25 years ago, WITNESS partners with NGO’s, community groups, and grassroots organizations around the globe.

Internships at WITNESS offer a unique, hands-on opportunity to enhance their educational objectives through practical, real-world experience under the guidance and mentoring of experienced professionals in the areas of human rights, video advocacy, communications, media operations, fundraising, IT, human resources, and nonprofit administration. Interns participate in an array of activities depending on the department and projects to which they apply.

WITNESS is looking for a highly motivated intern to support distribution efforts around our human rights training resources, in-person trainings, and institutional communications.

This internship has a degree of customization for the intern to choose training on the areas of communications that they are most interested in. It’s a great opportunity individual looking to gain experience working within a human rights organization.

Tasks Include:

  • Support online and offline communications initiatives by sending emails, creating newsletters, blogging, updating WITNESS websites, supporting local events/trainings, helping Program staff prepare for trainings, etc.
  • Help keep training materials and translations organized and updated on the WITNESS Library, microsites and internal spaces.
  • Support translation efforts by adding subtitles to videos and updating designed documents in InDesign.
  • Assist with monitoring and evaluation of training materials and responding to internal and external feedback.
  • Proactively identify online spaces, individuals and organizations to target for distribution on specific programmatic initiatives and/or that could be interested in using/sharing the resources more broadly.
  • Add program contact information to the database.
  • Assist with program administration tasks as needed.


Potential interns should be undergraduates or graduate students. We look for a focus in studies on human rights, international relations, history, political science, communications or film/media studies.

Candidates should have:

  • A background in human rights, training, and/or video.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Some familiarity with social media platforms and corresponding analytics such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Wordpress.
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and/or Final Cut Pro is an added bonus.
  • For this internship, strong writing skills are required and additional language skills (particularly Arabic, French, Spanish, or Portuguese) are a significant plus.

All interns can expect to spend up to 20% of their time engaged in administrative support to program and office-wide staff.

We require a minimum of two months commitment, for at least 15 hours per week. Internships are unpaid. Our offices are located in Brooklyn, NY, convenient to the Atlantic Terminal (2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, Q, N and R trains) and C (Lafayette) and G (Fulton) trains.

Application instructions

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter via email with “Communications Intern” in the Subject. In your application, please note with specificity which initiative you are most interested in. No phone inquiries, please.

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