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Human Rights Fall Fellow

The U.S. Office on Colombia (USOC) offers a stipended graduate-level fellowship to an independent and motivated individual with experience in Colombia or US/Colombia relations. The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the programmatic work of the office. Current programs focus on human rights defenders, impunity for human rights violations, land rights, and the search for a sustainable peace in Colombia. The Fellow will be responsible for research and authoring or co-authoring of publications, delegation organization and communications and outreach in both the US and Colombia. The Fellow may also be invited to aid in advocacy efforts with the US Congress and Administration.

Qualifications

• Capacity to work independently and take initiative Whilst the Fellow will be supervised, he/she will often be given the opportunity to develop tasks on his/her own. Candidates should flourish in such an environment.

• Organization Candidates must be able to manage and prioritize a series of different tasks.

• Spanish fluency Full working knowledge of Spanish and English is a requirement

• Writing skills/communications experience We value both traditional and social media experience and the ability to communicate ideas clearly and thoughtfully among a variety of different formats from Congressional memos to OpEds to full-length reports.

• Commitment to human rights Experience with human rights organizations, social movements or social justice advocacy is a plus

• Professional, positive attitude The Fellow may have to represent the office at various functions and must reflect the same level of professionalism as permanent staff

Hours are negotiable, but preference goes to candidates available for at least 16 hours a week.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and a brief (3-5 page) writing sample to Dana Brown, Executive Director at dana@usofficeoncolombia.org

The cover letter should include:

• Dates of availability

• A brief summary of how you meet the qualifications noted above

Application deadline: August 5, 2013

Internships

We are currently accepting applications for internships.

The U.S. Office on Colombia offers spring, summer and fall unpaid internships to indepenent and motivated individuals. Interns have the opportunity to significantly contribute to the working of the office and have, in the past, been responsible for compiling weekly news reports, coordinating delegations to Colombia, arranging speaker's tours in the U.S. for visiting Colombians, translating documents, following legislation, or otherwise assisting USOC's goals. As with any internship there are some administrative duties, however, they are relatively small.

Qualifications

  • Capacity to work independently and take initiative Whilst interns will be supervised, they may often be given the opportunity to develop tasks independently. Candidates should flourish in such an environment.
  • Organization Candidates must be able to manage and prioritize a series of different tasks.
  • Spanish competency Although it is not required that interns be fluent, a working knowledge of Spanish is essential in the bilingual office environment.
  • Writing skills
  • Commitment to human rights
  • Professional yet positive attitude Interns may have to represent the office at various functions and must reflect the same level of professionalism.

Please note: Extensive knowledge of Colombia is not required for this internship, however some understanding of the situation is useful.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, telephone numbers for two references and a brief (1-2 page) writing sample to the address below

Our Mailing Address:
U.S. Office on Colombia
1350 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Tel: 202-232-8090
Fax: 202-232-7530
Email: Send an email

The cover letter should include:

  • An acknowledgement that the internship is unpaid
  • Projected dates for the internship (spring, summer or fall)
  • A brief summary of how you meet the qualifications noted above

Deadlines

  • Spring: Dec. 31
  • Summer: April 30
  • Fall: August 15

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.