The Intersections International Global Fellowship and Internship based in New York City, offers unpaid internship opportunities to current undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining an expertise and background in interfaith dialogue, gender, human security and international peace and security issues.
- Fellowships are offered in periods of 6-12 months
- Internships are offered as shorter-term, in periods of 4-6 months
- Both fellows and interns will be closely supervised and provided “hands on” training by Intersections’ existing experienced staff;
- Both fellowships and internships are for the benefit of, respectively, the fellows and interns
- Neither fellows nor interns are necessarily entitled to a full-time job at the conclusion of their fellowship/internship;
- Both fellowships and internships are unpaid;
- Neither fellows nor interns are employees of Intersections. They are not providing employment services to Intersections, nor are they displacing employees of Intersections. Accordingly, neither fellows nor interns are employees of Intersections and are not entitled to wages from Intersections nor are they eligible to participate in Intersections’ employee benefit plan.
This program supports students in pursuit of challenging and professionally focused internships that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their engagement with civil society at the local, national and international level.
Our core objectives are to provide fellows with:
- an opportunity to develop an understanding of the United Nations;
- a forum for critical reflection and skills to build internationally-minded leaders;
- increased understanding of currents event, international human rights, politics, and culture;
- opportunities to build relationships with professionals in their field/industry; and
- skills that are transferable to a variety of professional settings, along with the ability to articulate those skills;
Intersections International leads people to unite across lines of difference in mutual pursuit of social justice, globally and locally. We create safe space at the crossroads of some of our world’s most critical conflicts, engaging dissimilar communities in dialogue, service, advocacy and artistic expression. Together, we work toward a just world—united in diversity. Our four interactive programs stand at the intersections of veterans and civilians, divided nations and peoples, artistic engagement and community values, and Christianity and LGBTQ equality. The Global Peacemaking program’s unities divided nations and peoples through multi-cultural, interreligious action that builds relationships, dismantles extremist narratives and mobilizes diverse youth to create and implement development projects.
Since April 8th 2016, Intersections International is a United Nations accredited NGO in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Intersections is one of the few New York based non-profit organizations that has been granted this status. ECOSOC grants Special Consultative Status to NGOs whose programs are of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations. Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways.
Global Peacemaking Projects
Fellows will be assigned to at least one of the Global Peacemaking projects, while also working together across the board as part of the Global Peacemaking team. Projects include:
UN Monitoring Internship: This project includes attending and monitoring key UN forums, including the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and General Assembly (GA), as well as other UN outcomes and statements (e.g., Peacebuilding Commission, Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and Post2015 Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs)). UN Monitoring Interns will be provided the opportunity to learn the inner works of the UN, develop research skills, improve public speaking skills and foster global citizenship and international issues in the real world context.
Requirements to be completed during interns include writing monthly blog post(s), attending sessions and conferences at the UN and monthly review(s) with the supervisor. Fellows are required to produce one report in any area of interest (e.g. interfaith dialogue, refugee crisis and security issues, etc.) at the competition of the internship. If the report is of high quality it will be submitted to the Department of Public Information to the UN for publication.
Interns will also be allowed to help support broader Global Peacemaking development of programming and project work on interfaith dialogue, refugee crisis and security issues. UN Monitoring interns will serve under the direction of the Global Peacemaking Specialist.
- Gendered Based Violence (GBV) Internship: The GBV intern is provided the opportunity to offer comprehensive and up-to-date information on all UN debates and other action addressing issues of Women Peace and Security. GBV intern will have the opportunity to cover vital issues such as: violence towards women, rape, female genital mutilation, trafficking, forced prostitution and femicide. GVB Interns will be provided the opportunity to learn the inner works of the UN, develop research skills, improve public speaking skills and learn about the international laws, programs and movements the UN fosters in eliminating gendered based violence.
Requirements to be completed during interns include writing monthly blog post(s), attending sessions and conferences at the UN and monthly review(s) with the supervisor. Fellows are required to produce one report in any area of gender issues at the competition of the internship. If the report is of high quality it will be submitted to the Department of Public Information to the UN for publication. Note GBV intern is required to attend the Annual Commission on the Status of Women.
Intern will also be allowed to help support broader Global Peacemaking development of programming and have access to related events and policy discussions through UN and civil society community. GBV interns will serve under the direction of the Global Peacemaking Specialist.
- Currently be enrolled in a bachelor's (BA, BS) or graduate program (MA, MS, MPhil) with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, feminist theory, gender studies, or a related field.
- Background and/or demonstrated interest in the United Nations system, including experience gained as a result of academic study or experiential learning activities such as Model United Nations;
- Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English with high level of writing proficiency;
- Applicants must be able to commit to at least 2 days per week for a minimum of 6 months (as a Fellow) and 4 months (as an Intern).
- A successful internship will require computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and familiarity using Google Docs;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work quickly and efficiently; and
- Ability to speak additional languages, such as French, Spanish or Arabic an asset, but not required.
Social Media Internship: Intersections is seeking a creative social media intern to join the Global Peacemaking Program team. The intern will assist the Global Peacemaking Specialist in managing and increasing the Global Peacemaking Program’s profile on Facebook and Instagram. This is a great opportunity to learning the ins and outs of social media and audience development in digital publishing. Interns will be given the opportunity to at times work independently, and, with oversight and feedback, use their initiative and manage their own tasks. The Social Media Intern will be supervised by Global Peacemaking Specialist, and will learn to carry out the following tasks:
- Manage, post, and curate social profiles on a variety of social platforms — including Facebook and Instagram.
- Write compelling, creative copy and headlines for social posts that engage our readers.
- Choose engaging and contextual images for social article posts, as well as shareable memes and images to boost engagement on Facebook and Instagram.
- Monitor social events and breaking news to make sure social channels are consistently current and relevant to our audience.
- Be enrolled in a degree program, recently graduated (within the last year) with the intent of furthering educational opportunities and advancement to a higher degree, and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year.
- Interest, knowledge and passion for human rights/activism
- Possess strong research, writing, and/or administrative skills
- Be detail-oriented
- Be able to work both independently and as part of a team
- A passion for social media – be personally active online and interested in the latest platforms and social nets