Jobs and Internships

1. Graduate Research Internships (unpaid)

CESR accepts graduate research interns in the Spring semester (January – April); over the summer months (May – August); and during the Fall semester (September – December). Our interns generally work part-time over the Spring and Fall semesters and full-time over the summer. Although we are eager to negotiate a relatively consistent schedule, days and hours of work are flexible. Interns are based at CESR’s New York office. Arrangements for off-site internships may be considered for particularly well-qualified candidates.



Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications to internship@cesr.org by December 17. Please indicate "Graduate-Level Internship" in your application. Early applications are strongly encouraged! Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Intern responsibilities



Interns contribute substantively to the Center’s work in one or more of program areas. In particular, interns carry out research that analyzes trends in global policy. They also contribute to the Center’s research documenting deprivations of economic and social rights in specific country contexts; this interdisciplinary research deploys social science and statistical methods alongside traditional techniques of human rights reporting, such as legal analysis and narrative testimony. Interns are also involved in preparing reports and other advocacy materials based on the findings of such research, to present to relevant institutions at the national, regional and United Nations level. As a small NGO, the Center has established robust partnerships with national, regional and international organizations that allow for mutual exchange of expertise. Interns may also interact with our partners, including by attending meetings and workshops, preparing or delivering presentations, authoring blog posts and opinion pieces, etc.

Qualifications

Required

  • Recently completed, or in pursuit of a law or graduate degree in a related field, especially human rights and/or international development;
  • Consistent attention to detail;
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in English;
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including an ability to clearly explain complex technical issues in an accessible language and synthesize and evaluate data;
  • Knowledge of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Experience in conducting research, both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Capacity to work independently.


Highly desirable

  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish or Arabic;
  • Background knowledge on human rights monitoring methodologies;
  • Background knowledge of applied macroeconomics and statistics;
  • Experience with communications for social justice;
  • Experience developing online resources and/or familiarity with interactive web-based or other technologies for use in social justice advocacy, such as wikis, video and audio podcasts, social networking sites, etc.
  • Familiarity with resource centers and databases, especially on socio-economic and development data from various international agencies and trusted sources.

CESR was the first NGO set up specifically to focus on economic and social rights, and it continues to be the leading independent voice of the particular issues and challenges facing human rights defenders in this area. The Center has established robust partnerships with national, regional and international organizations that allow for mutual exchange of expertise.

2. Undergraduate Communications Internship (unpaid)

CESR is currently seeking an undergraduate intern to collaborate in our Communications department during the Spring semester (January to April). While we prefer to maintain a consistent schedule, days and hours of work are flexible. Interns are based at CESR's New York office.

Intern responsibilities



The persons selected for this position will support CESR's communications and administration departments by executing a variety of research, outreach and administrative duties. The role will involve research and writing of blog articles for the CESR website, carrying out analysis on social media advocacy strategies, refining outreach tools such as the CESR supporter database, and supporting in the renovation of the CESR website. The intern may also be called upon to contribute to the preparation of advocacy materials for use before United Nations and other national and international human rights bodies.

How to apply

Please send your resume, with a writing sample and cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications to comms.internship@cesr.org by December 17. Please indicate "Communications Internship" in your application.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Qualifications 



Required

  • In pursuit of a degree in a related field, such as non-profit management or non-profit communications;
  • Consistent attention to detail;
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in English;
  • Strong writing and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of social media strategy and best practice for non-profits
  • Knowledge of social justice issues, particularly human rights and/ or development
  • Experience in conducting research on socio-economic issues
  • Capacity to work independently.

Highly desirable

  • Experience with managing online content, familiarity with technologies for/development of online resources, including Wordpress, creation of video content;
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish;
  • Knowledge of human rights issues, particularly economic and social rights;
  • Background knowledge of development, economics.

3. Post-graduate Fellowships

CESR periodically hosts post-graduate fellows who have been awarded funding from their university. Often, fellows will focus on a specific project, defined in consultation with CESR and their university. We do not have a formal application process for fellows. To inquire about working with us as a post-graduate fellow, please email internships@cesr.org