Monday, January 31, 2011

UN NGO Sustainability Interns & Associates

UN NGO Sustainability is an all-volunteer non-funded NGO, representing organizations accredited to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). We hold events at UN Headquarters. Our working meetings are held weekly in Norwalk, CT, and NYC.
Seeking Long-Term Student Interns, Associates(including retirees), for part -time, volunteer positions:
1.Preferably with a background in sustainable development/renewable energy , advancement of women, with particular skills in meeting planning, research, editing, general office work. Familiarity with the workings of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN Commission on the Advancement of Women is also desirable.
2.English language, strong written and verbal skills is a must.
3.Also, VERY interested in applicants with Web Design and Fund-Raising experience.
UN NGO Sustainability represents organizations accredited to the UN Economic and Social Council:
Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI); Pakistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) ; Association of Former United Nations Industry and Development Experts (AFIDE). Our aim is to promote understanding of and support for sustainable development/ renewable energy, climate change issues and the advancement of women through information, programs and projects at the UN.
BWCCI - Bangladesh Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry: educates, encourages, and strengthens women’s advancement, through participation as entrepreneurs; provides training, education, and financial support.
WCCI – Pakistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Promotes and develop women entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
AFIDE – Association of Former United Nations Industry and Development Experts:retired UN experts are available to help further sustainable development, technological advancement and further participation in the global economy.
UN NGO Sustainability - advocacy and education. 
Application instructions: 
To Apply: Send Resume and cover letter directly to
Interns: Students 
Associates: Professionals

Friday, January 28, 2011

International Parliamentary Internships in Germany

Would you like to work at the German Parliament?

The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin, to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin. The IPS program is aimed at highly qualified young men and women who are interested in politics and who wish to play an active and responsible role in shaping the democratic future of their country. The German Bundestag, the German Parliament, offers young people the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical experience of parliamentary work during a 15-week work placement with a Member of the Bundestag. The scholarship-winners are chosen by the German Bundestag’s independent selection panel.


* University degree
* Very good knowledge of German
* Under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship
* 450 euros per month
* Free accommodation
* Insurance and travel expenses

For further details, please visit:

Case Law Project Intern at Femin Ijtihad

Our aim is to build an on-line compendium of case law from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. This includes landmark cases on: child custody, polygamy, talaq, post divorce maintenance, mahr, domestic violence, zina, rape, honour killings, child marriage and wali. The cases are selected on the basis of their relevance for researchers, activists, lawyers and judges.
FI researchers come from a diverse array of academic backgrounds, but most have either an academic or activist interest/investment in researching. FI is focused on recruiting students who have either one or a combination of the following: 
- Have formal academic training in law (LLB, but preferably an LLM); 
- Have taken modules from the following or related disciplines: South Asian studies, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, and International Human Rights; 
- Have shown proven interest or ability in reading and commenting on case law;
- Have experience in either legal, development, and activist work, especially that which focuses on gender and women's issues.
If interested please submit your C.V., a writing sample/case commentary, and a one-page cover letter to Anna Dugoni at: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by phone before final selection.

Summer Law Institute Coordinators with Legal Outreach Inc. in New York

Do you like criminal law? Do you want to be a trial lawyer? Are you interested in education policy or do you want to pursue a career in academia? Do you like working with underserved youth? Do you want public service/non-profit experience?
If so, this PAID summer job is for you!
Teach Criminal Law to Rising Ninth Graders as a Coordinator for Legal Outreach’s Summer Law Institute
Legal Outreach, Inc. prepares urban youth from underserved communities to compete at high levels by using intensive legal and educational programming as a tool for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. We accomplish these ends through law-related education programming and an intensive college preparatory program.
We seek exceptional law students interested in law-related education to teach and co-lead the Summer Law Institutes held at Columbia Law School, NYU Law School, Fordham School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, and St. John’s School of Law this summer. The Institute seeks to inspire motivated students from underserved communities entering high school to pursue careers in law and to strive for educational excellence. Thirty-two students from underserved NYC public junior high schools will be selected for each Institute. You will be trained to teach them a criminal justice and trial process curriculum, chaperone field trips, welcome prestigious guest speakers, and run a mock trial competition before federal and state judges.
Coordinators will work with an attorney supervisor to prepare for the Institute during the month of June by participating in an experiential classroom training program on educational methodology, developing lesson plans on substantive criminal law topics and trial advocacy skills, and organizing an itinerary of guest speakers and field trip visits. Then, from July 5 – August 5, coordinators will implement the five-week Institute and teach law lessons daily to the 32 participating students, fulfilling the objectives of the Institute through a set schedule of classes, events, speakers and trips. The last week of the job will be spent evaluating the program and its participants.
Coordinators will be paid $4,500 over the 10-week period.
Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to: Stephanie Shemin Feingold, Director of Legal Education at (type “SLI Coordinator Applicant - Name” in subject field).
Cover letters should include a detailed statement of interest in the position and an indication of whether the applicant has funding for the summer (not a requirement).
Deadline: March 1, 2011 (although we evaluate candidates on a rolling basis).

International Health and Development Intern at Global Health through Education, Training and Service in Massachusetts

Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health outcomes in developing countries through innovations in education and service. GHETS enhances local infrastructure by providing start-up grants to health care professionals and training institutions in the developing world, and the technical support to launch and improve programs that prepare and support healthcare workers in rural and poor communities. We believe that well-trained and supported doctors, nurses and allied health workers are key to creating sustainable change.
GHETS is recruiting summer interns (undergraduate or graduate students) who can commit to working approximately twenty hours a week (exact dates flexible). Interns will assist with program coordination, research, and administration in the GHETS office, which is easily accessible by MBTA commuter rail from Boston or Providence. While individual projects vary depending on the needs of our program partners, past interns have had the ability to specialize in a research project, social media outreach (newsletters publication and maintaining twitter and facebook feeds), development (grant writing, event planning) or program planning (program evaluation, new program partner research and outreach).
This position demands strong communication and organizational skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a small team, flexibility, and a desire to learn the basics of non-profit management. The ideal candidate will also possess prior experiences in cross-cultural settings, field experience in a developing country, foreign language skills, and a background or demonstrated interest in public health, development, media, or education.
Start date and days/week are flexible. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to working during the summer and for part of the fall. Our annual Network Conference is in Graz, Austria in September, and the ideal candidate will join us for this event. In the past, interns have joined us for conferences all over the world and benefited significantly from the experience.
It is expected that all applicants review our website,, in depth before applying. Please email a 1-page resume and cover letter (as attachments) describing relevant interest in GHETS and experience with health justice to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1st. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Special Assistant to the Deputy for Policy and Strategy Position at National Endowment for Democracy

Position Summary: The Special Assistant to the Deputy for Policy and Strategy provides administrative, research, and operational support to the Deputy to the President for Policy and Strategy, with secondary responsibilities as assigned.
Policy and Strategy:
• Assist with the preparation of evaluative and analytical plans for policy and strategy development.
• Prepare institutional and programmatic policy materials and recommendations for supervisor.
• Conduct research to obtain background information on various projects. 
• Format, edit, proofread, reproduce and distribute materials for internal and external audiences. 
• Occasionally lead or moderate discussions and working groups, especially among peers in organizations related to development of policy, strategy, and institutional integration.
Administrative Support
• Provide administrative support to the Deputy including scheduling regular and ad-hoc meetings, responding to phone and email correspondence, making travel arrangements, and providing follow-up on any action items or assignments. 
• Coordinate correspondence, file reports, and preserve vital records as needed. 
• Help plan and coordinate the logistics of meetings and events, internally at headquarters as well as for visitors and Core Institute staff. 
• Masters degree preferred, or equivalent work experience
• Minimum of two years of relevant experience in a non-profit organization
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work and collaborate in a team environment 
• Excellent interpersonal relations, oral and written communication skills 
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; familiarity with SharePoint a plus 
• Ability to handle multiple demands, prioritize and produce high-quality work under pressure 
• Commitment to accuracy in all tasks, attention to details is extremely important 
• Enthusiastic with a capacity and willingness to learn; anticipate needs by being proactive.
To apply, please send an email to, with your name and Special Assistant - Job #1101 in the subject line. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three references. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information please visit our website at Please no phone calls.

Central Eurasia Project Internship in New York

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each Foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities. The mission of the Central Eurasia Project (CEP) is to promote social progress and respect for human rights in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Mongolia. Through grantmaking, operations, research, and advocacy, CEP supports initiatives that help raise awareness among policymakers and the public about issues in the region involving human rights, democratic governance, and economic and social development.
• Research assistance for the Program Officer in the area’s of CEP’s mission (geographic coverage: Southern Caucasus, Central Asia, Mongolia, Pakistan; issue coverage: human rights, labor migration, transparency and consumer protection, military and security cooperation);
• Assistance to programmatic staff in developing, contracting and editing CEP’s Occasional Paper series;
• Preparation of a literature reviews and other background documents on matters related to CEP’s mission;
• Occasional administrative support to the Program Officer and Program Coordinators;
• Other projects as assigned.
• Undergraduate or graduate student in political science, international affairs, policy studies, regional studies (former Soviet Union);
• Ability to learn quickly and to work independently;
• Strong understanding of relevant political, social and economic issues of Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus;
• Proven excellent research and writing skills;
• Ability to communicate in Russian;
• Standard MS office applications proficiency;
• Ability to work under pressure and to manage workload, to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks, and to meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment;
• Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills; superior organizational skills; and strong interpersonal skills;
• Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition when interacting with colleagues at all levels, attorneys, external contacts and the general public;
• Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, colleagues, and the general public;
• Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle confidential matters.
• Availability to work up to 19 hours/week.
Upon acceptance, interns will need to provide a letter from his/her university indicating that he/she is receiving credit and/or funding for the internship.
DURATION: Spring Semester; February – June 2011
Please email resume and cover letter before February 25, 2011, to: Include job code in subject line: CEP/Intern
Open Society Foundations
Human Resources – Code CEP/Intern
400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
FAX: 212.548.4675
No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Center for Global Prosperity Interns in Washington, D.C.

Hudson Institute's Center for Global Prosperity’s internship program offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the annualIndex of Global Philanthropy and Remittances through research, writing and data analysis. Interns will have the chance to work with CGP’s editor and write articles for CGP’s annual Index. Interns will also conduct research and data analysis on different international development issues, meet with experts in the field of international development and play an integral role in the Index’s production. CGP interns have gone on to work for the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, the Academy for Educational Development, the Koch Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the United States Institute of Peace, the U.S. Department of State, the Catholic Diocese and the Whitaker Group. 
Responsibilities include:
  • Identifying successful development projects, conducting interviews with key program staff and publishing results in the 2010 edition of the Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances,
  • Researching international philanthropy, remittances and international development,
  • Assisting staff with research projects and presentations, and
  • Assisting with administrative tasks, event planning and execution.

CGP interns are self-starters with a strong interest in what creates economic growth in the developing world. Candidates should be able to work autonomously as well as be part of a team, manage their time wisely and meet deadlines. Candidates must be reliable, professional, and possess 
excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills. Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
Compensation: Unpaid
  • Fall Semester: September -- December
  • Spring Semester: January -- May
  • Summer Semester: May -- August

Application instructions: If you would like to apply for the Summer 2011 Semester please send a resume and cover letter including your availability to Application deadline for Summer 2011 is March 31st.

The Americas Outreach Intern at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court

This internship is with WFM's Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) project. The intern will assist with the CICC’s ratification and implementation campaign in the region. The intern will assist and report to the CICC Outreach Liaison for Latin America and the Caribbean. The internship is full-time (1-3 days per week) and must be for a period of 3-4 months. Please note that this internship is unpaid.
  • Please note that this internship includes administrative work. However, supervisors will make a concerted effort to see that there is a balance of programmatic and research-related work*
    • Supporting outreach efforts for the CICC’s regional team, including efforts to increase ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute for the ICC in the particular region in collaboration with civil society, governments, and the media.
    • Monitoring developments on the International Criminal Court and international justice in the region, including contacting NGOs, government officials, academics, parliamentarians, media who are working on ICC and related issues in the region
    • Performing legal research as required
    • Monitoring and researching human rights situations in the region
    • Coordinating communication with CICC members in the region and collaboration with leading international human rights organizations and regional organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
    • Conducting membership outreach, including updating the membership database
    • Undertaking special projects and assignments as needed
• Advanced undergraduate or graduate student working towards a degree in Law, International Relations, History, Political Science, Area Studies or related field
• The intern MUST have excellent written and spoken English. NATIVE or equivalent language ability in Spanish is REQUIRED. 
• Excellent research and writing skills
• Knowledge of the ICC and/or Human Rights issues of the region preferred
• Proficiency using Microsoft Office software
• Ability to work independently and within the constraints of tight deadlines
• Interest in CICC’s mission
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, references and a brief writing sample (3-5 pages maximum) on a related topic. Please include the name of the internship in the subject of the email (if applicable) and in the cover letter.
Application Deadline
Summer Applications: April 1st
Fall Applications: August 1st 
Spring Applications: Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis
Applications can be emailed or faxed to:
Fax: +1 212 599-1332
No phone inquiries please

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

International Education and National Political Leadership Article

International Education and National Political Leadership

by Donn M. Kurtz II

January 25, 2011

Only two American presidents studied at foreign educational institutions.  John Quincy Adams attended Leiden University while his father John Adams served as a diplomat in Europe.  Bill Clinton spent two years at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.[1]  In contrast, large numbers of heads of governments around the world pursued at least part of their education outside their own country. Evidence supporting this observation comes from an examination of the experiences of a recent group of national executives.
Understanding this aspect of the educational background of political leaders offers insights into their international orientation, their appreciation of politically valuable credentials and experiences, and the educational opportunities in their home countries.  In 2010 twenty-eight chief executives came to office and twelve, or 43%, studied in a country other than their own.[2] The relevant information on these leaders is as follows:

Chile: President Miguel Juan Sebastian Pinera. Harvard, M.A. and Ph. D.
Columbia: President Juan Manuel Santos. University of Kansas, probably undergraduate degree; London School of Economics, masters; Harvard, M.A.; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Masters.
Costa Rica: President Laura Chinchilla. Georgetown, Masters.
Finland: Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi. High school exchange student in Germany.
Guinea: President Alpha Conde. Institute d’Etudes Politique de Paris (Sciences Po), advanced degree.
Honduras: President Porfirio Lobo Sosa: University of Miami, B.A.; courses at Patrice Lumumba University, Moscow.
Hungary: Prime Minister Victor Orban. Oxford, half year at Pembroke College.
Niger: Chairman of a military council. Salou Djibo. Ivory Coast, Morocco, and China, military training.
Slovakia: Prime Minister Iveta Radicova. Oxford, post-doctoral work.
Suriname: President Desire Delano Bouterse. Netherlands, military training.
Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Norwood Technical College (now South London College), B.A.
Tuvalu: Prime Minister Willi Telavi. Northern Territories University (now Charles Darwin University), Australia, M.A.

The internationally educated executives represent twelve different countries, half of which are in Latin America.  They pursued their education in fifteen countries with the United States and the United Kingdom being the most frequent destinations. It is not surprising that Harvard and Oxford lead the list of universities attended given their previously documented role in international education.[3]  Nine of the future executives, almost a third of those who came to office in 2010, studied at the university level.  The three exceptions were Finish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi who went to Germany on a high school exchange program and the leaders of Niger and Suriname who received military training.

Four leaders listed who came to office in 2010 had somewhat unusual university affiliations.  Prime Ministers Willi Telavi (Tuvalu) and Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Trinidad and Tobago) attended the University of the West Indies and the University of the South Pacific respectively.  Both of these institutions are regional schools established and administered by a number of governments in the areas.  The universities could be considered either national or international. The other two are President Roza Otunbayeva and Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan both of whom earned degrees from institutions in Moscow.  They are not included in this analysis because they studied in Russia when Kyrgyzstan was still a part of the U.S.S.R.

A combination of four factors accounts for so many leaders studying in countries other than their own, especially in contrast to political figures in the United States.  A foreign education carries considerable cachet in other political systems. Aspiring America politicians often cite their extensive and long-standing local connections as a significant element of their resumes.  Elsewhere a foreign degree is more politically advantageous than it is here.

Distance may be another factor.  I sometimes believe that American students who attend an out-of-state university consider the experience to be nearly the equivalent of studying abroad.  They have a point.  In many instances those out-of-state students would be further from home than a European student who studying in another European country. Five of the twelve executives travelled less than 3000 miles for a part of their education. A Seattle student attending a school in Miami would be about 2700 mile from home.

A relative lack of indigenous educational opportunities contributes to students seeking entry into a foreign school.   Eight of the states in this study have a population of less than five million,[4] and a per capita Gross National Income of less than $2000.00.[5]  The figures for the United States and the United Kingdom where seven of the twelve executives studied are 310 million and 62 million in population and $33,000.00 and $24,000.00 in GNI.  Smaller poorer states cannot offer the wide range of universities and programs available in larger more affluent states.

Finally, the educational patterns described here reflect the fact that English is the international language. Eight of the twelve leaders studied in an English speaking institution in the United States (4), the United Kingdom (3), or Australia (1). Six of them came from countries with no connection to England or the English language.
None of these considerations – the prestige of a foreign education, distance, demographic realities, and the prevalence of English – will change, with the result is that future chief executives from around the world will continue to seek an international education.

[1]   John F. Kennedy is often credited as having attended the London School of Economics but in fact he left after three weeks due to illness. E-Mail from Sue Donnelley, Archivist, Library, London School of Economics and Political Science, January 24, 2011.
[2]   For another analysis of this group of national leaders see “Changing the Guard: Executive Transitions in 2010,” The Public Record. January 21, 2011.
[3]   See the author’s “Oxford and Harvard: The World’s Political Universities,” Foreign Policy Journal, May 9, 2010.
[4]  Costa Rica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tuvalu.  See Web: 13 January, 2011.
[5]   Columbia, Guinea, Honduras, Niger, and Suriname.  See Web: 13 January, 2011.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Refugee Mentor Program Internship in Albany

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants seeks an intern to coordinate the Refugee Mentor program and help raise awareness about refugee resettlement in the Capital Region. The position includes outreach, facilitating meetings, administrative work, direct contact with clients and community members, and close collaboration with staff.

This is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable families in your community, and to gain experience in program management, volunteer coordination, and the field of refugee resettlement.
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has been helping people flee war and persecution since 1911. USCRI addresses the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.

Through its network of resettlement field offices and partner organizations, USCRI provides refugees and immigrants across the United States with the support, services and opportunities they need to rebuild their lives and enrich their communities.

The USCRI field office in Albany opened in 2005 and now resettles hundreds of refugee families every year in the Capitol Region of New York State. The largest populations served by the Albany field office are Burmese, Iraqi, Afghan, Congolese, and Bhutanese refugees.

The Albany field office also has an immigration and asylum services program that serves not only refugee clients and their families, but asylum seekers and immigrants from the wider community as well.

The Refugee Mentor Program pairs newly-arrived refugee families with volunteers from the Albany community. The RM Program Intern will:
- Recruit volunteers via events, web outreach, social networking, and other avenues
- Help run orientations for new volunteers and process volunteer applications
- Pair volunteers with a refugee family or pass on application to other program coordinators
- Keep in touch with volunteers via phone and email and contribute to volunteer e-news
- Assist with collection and processing of Volunteer Service Records
- Help organize workshops for Refugee Mentor ‘Professional Development’
- Create materials to assist mentors in understanding the needs of refugees and strategies for supporting them
- Represent USCRI at community and college events to recruit volunteers
- Other activities are possible based on the interests and skill set of the intern

• The internship is for a minimum of 10 weeks, with preference given to candidates who can work full time for 12 weeks or more. Minimum of 15 hours per week during school year, 35 hours per week in the summer.
• The internship is unpaid. USCRI will support interns in their pursuit of external grants or funding.
• Interns are responsible for all living expenses during the internship period.

• Acquiring or having already acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences, international relations, law/justice, human rights, or related field required.
• Must speak, read, and write English fluently and at a university level.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Windows applications and have experience with Internet research and databases.
• Must have excellent organizational, time-management, follow-up, and administrative skills with a strong attention to detail.
• Must have excellent communication skills on telephone, via email, and in person
• Must be capable of working in a fast-paced, multicultural office environment, take initiative, and be able to handle multiple assignments at once and meet deadlines.
• Commitment to the human rights and general welfare of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants.

• Strong candidates will have previous internship experience in non-governmental or inter-governmental organizations.
• Strong candidates will be fluent in a second language in addition to English. Preference will be given to speakers of: Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, and French.
• Solid understanding of international relations, immigration law, refugee law, human rights and public interest legal work.
• Experience with victims of torture or torture-related issues.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jen Barkan, Resource Manager, at
Please indicate in your cover letter the time frame and number of hours per week you would be available for the internship. If you are interested in being considered for more than one internship with USCRI Albany, please indicate this in your cover letter; there is no need to submit multiple applications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.