The Global Switchboard views educating and helping to provide practical work experiences to students as an integral part of our mission. We value the skills, ideas and energy that motivated, passionate interns bring to our vision of creating an interconnected global community where all people can freely engage to build a more socially just and equitable world.
To the greatest degree possible we will provide substantial work experiences and work with candidates to develop an internship that is mutually beneficial to the student and to The Global Switchboard.
Please keep in mind that while our internships are unpaid we do receive a significant number of applicants for a limited number of positions. Applicants are interviewed and hired on a rolling basis for opportunities in the fall, spring and summer. If you are interested in an internship please apply promptly and according to the instructions listed.
Our office environment is small and informal, but fast paced. A successful intern is someone who is independent and confident in his or her work. He or she must be willing to take on and learn new things.
The internship involves a wide variety of tasks and skills, requiring someone who is adaptive and dependable. The intern will gain firsthand experience both developing new programs and executing established programs as well. This position involves activities such as event planning and fundraising, marketing and promotion, as well as outreach to local student, community and professional groups. Another aspect to this internship is the social media efforts of The Global Switchboard, which includes the use of Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, MailChimp, etc., along with blog writing.
Specific activities and tasks may include:
- Representing and speaking on behalf of The Global Switchboard at different events, meetings, conferences
- Organizing Switchboard led and co-sponsored events
- Social media management and marketing
- Researching local groups, organizations, events, etc.
- Supporting staff on-site at events, presentations
- Database, website, and social media management
A background in human rights, political science, international relations, community organizing or global studies is recommended, but not necessary. Social media management and/or email marketing is preferred. Any graphic / web design or website management skills (ie: Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress) are welcome, but not required. A minimum of 12 hours a week is required to be considered for this internship during the academic year, and 15 hours a week for the summer semester.
In order to be considered for an internship, please attach a current resume and cover letter detailing your interests in our programming, relevant experiences, and your qualifications to the email address listed below.