Job Description
Job Title A. Whitney Ellsworth Communications Fellow, Summer 2012
Job ID 530344
Begin Date 2/21/12
Duration 10-12 weeks
Location New York,  NY 10001
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ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST
On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. Activists fighting for freedom around the globe continue to look to us for inspiration and count on us for support. Upholding human rights is not only a moral obligation; it’s a vital national interest. America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don’t, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

We know that it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For over 30 years, we’ve built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle issues that demand American leadership.

ABOUT A.WHITNEY ELLSWORTH

A. Whitney Ellsworth is the founding publisher of the New York Review of Books. He brought a businessperson’s acumen and an editor’s eye to Human Rights First’s board, where he served for eighteen years. He helped guide our marketing and fundraising efforts, always stressing the importance of strong writing. And as a former chair of Amnesty International, he helped us both build on the successes of the human rights movement and forge our own path.

To honor his commitment to human rights and his appreciation for the written word, the Board of Directors of Human Rights First has established the A. Whitney Ellsworth Communications Fellowship.

Human Rights First welcomes applications for A. Whitney Ellsworth Fellow in its Communications Department this summer. The Fellow will be based in Human Rights First’s New York office and will be expected to work full time (35 hours/week) with a minimum 10-12 week commitment. The fellowship receives a $3,000 stipend over the course of the summer.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in creating and publishing web content and e-communications to compliment on-going communications campaigns;

  • Assist in enhancing HRF’s online profile by posting and distributing blogs, updating social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and working on web-based tools;

  • Proof-reading, editing, and fact-checking press and online materials;

  • Assist in video and podcast production, which includes recording and editing materials;

  • Assist in weekly website analytics reporting, which includes compiling weekly data and formatting presentations;

  • Working with the communications team to ensure timely responses to media inquiries and delivery of accurate information upon request;

  • Flexibility to work on other communications-related projects as needed.

 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to those who have recently received their undergraduate degree or current graduate students, and/or taken one or more classes in journalism, communications, or related fields. Nonprofit experience and foreign language competency are pluses.

STIPEND: $3,000 stipend over the course of the internship.

START DATE: May/June 2012

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application

You will be requested to provide:

  • Resume (upload)

  • Cover letter (cut/past)

  • Writing sample (cut/paste) of your choice no longer than 5 pages


Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WE CONSIDER APPLICANTS FOR ALL POSITIONS WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, CREED, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, MARITAL OR VETERAN STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR ANY OTHER LEGALLY PROTECTED STATUS.
www.HumanRightsFirst.org

 

Required Skills •Highly familiar with and/or demonstrated experience in managing social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), blogs, video sharing sites, photo sharing sites;

•Proficiency in HTML and a strong interest in learning advanced skills;

•Experience in working on Wordpress CMS platform a plus;

•Web and multimedia skills and experience working with video, audio, or web-based media highly preferred;

•Familiarity with or interest in learning web-based platforms such as Google Analytics, Facebook and Youtube Insights, Twitter applications and others;

•Proficiency in a variety of software applications (MS Office including Outlook, MS Word, Excel and/or video and audio editing software such as Adobe Premiere and Adobe Aftereffects);

•Detail oriented and a strong ability to problem solve and work under pressure;

•Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team;

•Previous work or internship experience in an office environment;

•Demonstrated and informed interest in human rights.
 
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