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MIUSA seeks two fall interns! RightsNow! and Research Opportunities!

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RightsNow! Internship Opportunity - Fall 2017

Do you have a passion for human rights and the rights of people with disabilities? Do you have personal or professional experience with disability issues, women’s rights, or international development? Are you interested in law and policy, and contributing your skills to a high impact project? Are you excited by researching and creating content for websites and other digital media? If so, we want you to contribute to, create with, and learn from our team in Fall 2017. We are a dynamic, disability-led organization seeking a part-time intern to contribute their research, writing, organizational, and analytical skills to our team. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply!

Project Description 

The RightsNow! Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a 48-month project administered by MIUSA and implemented in partnership with a U.S. Consortium of three leading organizations: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD). The RightsNow! project provides technical assistance to Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), civil society, and governments in Armenia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam, to strengthen the implementation and enforcement of disability rights legislation. Project activities include in-country trainings, virtual consultations, and the development of an online resource center. All activities are designed to strengthen the capacity of DPOs, build sustainable coalitions, and create a global platform for tools, resources, and exchange of information. 

RightsNow! is funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. Department of State. 

Internship Schedule and Compensation 

MIUSA internship positions are unpaid and interns are responsible for their own insurance, relocating, and living expenses. The RightsNow! internship is a 3-month commitment between October - December 2017. 10 - 20 hours/week preferred. Academic credit for internships is optional.  

Position Description

The RightsNow! Project Intern will work closely with the RightsNow! team at MIUSA’s office in downtown Eugene, Oregon, USA to support the design and implementation of major project activities. Tasks may include:

  • Trainings and Technical Assistance: Assist with preparations for in-country trainings and ongoing technical assistance activities. This may entail tracking logistical arrangements, organizing training materials, gathering country-specific and disability-related content, and organizing photos from the field.

  • Online Resource Center: Assist with the development of new website content to meet the needs of international stakeholders. This may entail collecting resources, soliciting and editing article submissions, formatting photos, converting documents to accessible alternative formats, and assistance with efforts to promote the website internationally. All information available on the resource center will be designed to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. 

  • U.S. Consortium: Support the RightsNow! U.S. consortium, which may entail data entry, organizing files via GoogleDrive, scheduling meetings, formatting documents with project branding guidelines, transcribing documents, and notetaking.

  • Organizational support: Assist with general office tasks as needed such as organizing files and office supplies, attending organization-wide meetings, and supporting other projects with priority tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of at least one year of post-secondary education in international development, international studies, law, political science, disability studies, communications or related fields 

  • English proficiency (written and spoken)

  • Experience or interest in disability issues, diversity, international development and/or human rights

  • Computer experience and skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and GoogleDrive

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent detail-oriented, organizational, and prioritizing skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in a non-profit, civic or governmental, or international context 

  • Professional or personal experience working with people with disabilities 

  • Knowledge of creating accessible Word documents, PDFs, and other alternative formats highly preferred

  • Experience in developing website and social media content

  • Knowledge of Spanish or Vietnamese or Armenian highly preferred

How to Apply

Apply by October 2, 2017 for priority consideration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. 

To apply for an internship, please complete a cover letter and resume and email Chloe Crawford, Intern & Volunteer Coordinator, via email at ccrawford@miusa.org, with the subject line: RightsNow Internship Application. In your cover letter, please address the following questions: 

  • What is your interest in interning with Mobility International USA? 

  • What strengths will you bring to the RightsNow! Project?

  • What parts of the RightsNow! internship particularly interest you?

  • What is your experience and/or interest with international development, law, and/or disability rights?

Also, please indicate your availability from October – December 2017, including how soon you are available, other commitments that may conflict with your MIUSA internship, and number of hours per week you are available. 

MIUSA is an equal opportunity organization. People with disabilities, women, and minorities, are encouraged to apply. MIUSA appreciates your interest in promoting equality and opportunity for persons with disabilities worldwide.  We look forward to hearing from you! 


Research Internship Opportunity - Fall 2017

Would you like to learn more about human rights, disability rights or women’s empowerment? Do you have an interest or experience in cross-cultural exchange and working with diverse populations? We are a dynamic, disability-led organization seeking an intern to contribute their research and communication skills to our team. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

Position Description

MIUSA internship positions are unpaid and interns are responsible for their own insurance, relocating, and living expenses. This is a three-month (approximate) internship at MIUSA’s office in downtown Eugene, Oregon USA. The intern will work with MIUSA staff to determine organizational needs and to assess the intern’s academic and professional goals. Interns must commit to ten hours per week. Projects may include:

  • Alumni outreach and networking. Support with an exciting project to help identify past MIUSA alumni through research using social media, communicating with active alumni, and other innovative methods. Managing and updating the alumni database and Facebook Alumni groups. The MIUSA alumni network encompasses over 2300 alumni from over 135 countries!

  • Media support. Assisting with implementation of a media strategies to promote MIUSA’s work, including drafting social media posts and press releases, highlighting alumni achievements and success stories, and disseminating information to media outlets.    

  • Fundraising. Assisting with fundraising for future MIUSA programs.

  • Organizational Support. Assisting with office management tasks (mail, computer tasks, file management).Specific projects related to intern goals.

  • Other timely tasks as assigned to achieve goals of the entire organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent detail-oriented, organizational and prioritizing skills

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment

  • Ability to communicate effectively via e-mail, telephone, Skype, video relay, instant messaging and other media

  • Computer experience and skills, including using software applications such as Microsoft Excel, Photoshop, Salesforce, InDesign

  • Experience and skills developing and updating website content, and social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.)

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills

  • English or ASL proficiency required

  • Knowledge of one or more languages other than English a plus (especially Spanish, Vietnamese, Armenian)

  • Experience or interest in disability issues, diversity, women’s rights, and/or human rights a plus

  • Experience or interest in international cultural exchange a plus

  • Experience in a non-profit, civic or governmental, educational, or international context a plus

  • Professional or personal experience working with people with disabilities a plus

How to Apply

To apply for this internship, please email a cover letter and resume to Chloe Crawford, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator, at ccrawford@miusa.org, with the subject line: Research Internship Application. Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2017 or until the position is filled.

In your cover letter and/or resume, please address the following questions:

  • What is your interest in working with Mobility International USA?

  • What strengths will you bring?

  • What is your experience with disability rights, international exchange and/or international development?

Also, please indicate your availability from October through December 2017, including how soon you are available, other commitments that may conflict with your MIUSA internship and number of hours per week you are available.

MIUSA is an equal opportunity organization. People with disabilities, women, and minorities, are encouraged to apply. MIUSA appreciates your interest in promoting equality and opportunity for persons with disabilities worldwide.  We look forward to hearing from you!