Graduate Research Internship (paid) – CESR

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Graduate Research Internship (paid) on economic, social and cultural rights in transitions

General Information

CESR is looking for a graduate research intern to work part-time for 3-4 months starting in February or March 2017. Days and hours of work are flexible, although a commitment of 2 days a week would be ideal. CESR’s office is in Manhattan, NY, but arrangements for off-site internships may be considered.

To apply, please send the following items to internship@cesr.org.:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications
  • a short writing sample (1-2 pages) on any relevant topic (an excerpt from a longer piece is fine)

Please indicate “Transitions Internship” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the end of February. Early applications are strongly encouraged and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Please note that CESR will also be recruiting further paid interns to work on other program areas later this year. In particular, we will be recruiting for full- or part-time summer internships soon. Therefore, if this particular internship does not fit well with your experience and interest, please check back in April or May.

Intern responsibilities



This internship is designed to focus specifically on a new project CESR is developing on economic, social and cultural rights in political transitions. The main tasks will be research, fact-checking, drafting and editing. The intern may also contribute occasionally to other projects, in particular our work on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Qualifications

Required

  • Recently completed, or in pursuit of a graduate degree in law, social science or a related field, especially human rights and/or international development;
  • Strong academic research skills and experience (qualitative research experience essential; quantitative research a bonus);
  • Consistent attention to detail;
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate fluently in English;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Knowledge of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Knowledge of the literature on political transitions, in particular some familiarity with/study of the field of transitional justice;
  • Capacity to work independently.

Highly desirable

  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish;
  • Background knowledge on human rights monitoring methodologies;
  • Familiarity with/study of one or more countries that have undergone or are undergoing significant political transitions in recent decades, in particular knowledge of Peru, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Colombia or Tunisia;
  • Familiarity with resource centers and databases, especially on socio-economic and development data from various international agencies and trusted sources.