We are seeking creative and passionate applicants to be part of our tight-knit team to raise awareness on human rights issues in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf states. As an intern at BIRD, you will make a valuable contribution to our ongoing activities. You will learn how to draft policy briefing papers and participate in parliamentary human rights advocacy in the UK. You will contribute to the development of both short and long-term projects, generating research for our campaigns and advocacy. You will also learn about how human rights work at an international level, at the United Nations and within the European Union, and the impact of human rights policies in international relations.
Duration: 3 months
Closing Date: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
Intern travel and lunch expenses will be paid by BIRD.
- Track and report on the human rights situation in Bahrain.
- Track Bahrain-related news, legislation, and statements by policymakers, the UK government, and the United Nations on a daily basis.
- Prepare first drafts of external communications, including blog posts, press releases, and articles for publication.
- Assist with advocacy campaigns by conducting research and preparing background memos and other written materials.
- Conduct primary and secondary research on a variety of human rights and international relations-related topics.
- Research and draft legislative fact sheets and other Parliament related materials.
- Assist in social media campaigns and the drafting of external communications.
- Support mobilisation of grassroots on the issue of human rights in Bahrain.
- Assist with administrative duties as required.
- Other duties as required.
Qualifications and Skills
We would expect a successful applicant to have the following:
- An undergraduate/graduate in a related subject e.g. Law, International Relations, Middle Eastern studies, Criminal Justice, Politics and Policy, etc; or to be enrolled in one.
- Excellent spoken and written English.
- Excellent communication & networking skills.
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to work both independently and in a small team effectively.
- Demonstrable interest in universal human rights and the Gulf region.
- Experience working with twitter and social media campaigns.
- Language skills: Arabic highly desirable
- Past experience in working for an NGO, charity or with the UK Parliament.
Please email your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “2017 Policy & Research Internship.”
The covering letter should be no longer than one side of A4.
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.