Communications Internship (Human Rights Defenders Program).

Internship Description

Are you a passionate content creator & networker looking for an internship with social impact? And would you like to contribute to the protection of human rights defenders? Then this might be the opportunity for you!

To support our communications, we are looking for a:

Communications Intern
(Human Rights Defenders & Security Program)

36 hours from June 2024 (+/- 6 months)

Within our Human rights defenders & Security program are 2 of our initiatives, Shelter City and Artists' Safe Haven. Shelter City is a global movement of cities, organizations and people who stand side by side with human rights defenders at risk. Shelter City provides human rights defenders at risk a temporary place for three months where they can feel safe, rely on solidarity and receive support tailored to their needs. We enable them to re-energize, engage with allies and develop their skills, knowledge and resilience. Artists' Safe Haven is a tailormade program intended for artists or art practitioners who, as part of their artwork, address or promote human rights in non-violent ways, and are threatened or otherwise under pressure due to their work or activism that typically includes rest, capacity building, networking, artistic outreach, advocacy and other activities.


  • You will be responsible for creating new content for the Human Rights Defenders program of Justice & Peace. You will handle all communication about the program on offline and online channels, including the Shelter City website, such as social media posts, e-newsletters, articles and stories, publications, taking photos and videos, flyers and advertisements. You will schedule posts and update these (online) channels on a weekly basis;
  • You tailor content to the various target groups of Shelter City and support in developing content for the different target groups;
  • You ensure that all content is created within the framework of our brands, brand guidelines, and communication strategies, and contribute to the implementation of the Shelter City brand;
  • You monitor the performance of the Shelter City website and social media channels and identify opportunities for Shelter City;
  • You contribute to the logistics, organization, and promotion of (fundraising) events and the creation and implementation of (fundraising) campaigns;
  • You support the organization of meetings involving Justice & Peace's partners in the Netherlands and internationally;
  • You organize and communicate about outreach events such as lectures, documentary screenings, school visits, exhibitions, film screenings for human rights defenders and/or artists;
  • You will be involved in monthly Justice & Peace communication and fundraising meetings, to ensure consistency in organizational and program communication;
  • You monitor international developments, policies, and events in the field of human rights and temporary relocation;
  • You support other activities that may come up during the internship, that contribute to either programs or the general mission of Justice & Peace.

We are looking for candidates with the following competencies and background:

  • You are creative and have an affinity and experience with content creation;
  • You have an educational background relating to media/communications (or similar), or a discipline related to (international) human rights and experience with communications;
  • You can demonstrate skills in organizing events, writing and content creation, such as the creation of engaging social media posts and texts, news articles, photography, video and photo editing, brochures and other print materials, and website editing using WordPress. Campaigning and/or fundraising experience are beneficial;
  • You have experience with content creation programs such as Canva, Adobe Creative Suite (basic level);
  • You are able to translate complex information into clear and appealing communications tools, messages and campaigns to various target groups;
  • You have excellent oral and written skills in English and preferably a second language (not mandatory), such as Dutch, French or Spanish (for different target groups);
  • You are able to work together in a team and independently;
  • You bring energy to the team, take initiative, flexible, can manage your time, and work on multiple deadlines at the same time.

Note: Hired individuals may be exposed to trauma-sensitive environments.

We offer you:

  • A fee of €500 gross per month (based on a full working week of 36 hours);
  • Full reimbursement of actual travel expenses for daily commute in the Netherlands up to 100km (2nd class public transportation);
  • A part-time work place at our office in The Hague city center;
  • A great atmosphere in a small and dedicated team, where working hard and having fun go hand-in-hand;
  • The opportunity to meet with and learn from international human rights defenders and organizations and institutions working in the field of human rights, human rights defenders, development, and migration.

Justice & Peace Netherlands is a non-profit organization in The Hague that is committed to promoting human rights and social justice worldwide and in the Netherlands. To achieve this, we focus on innovative, positive and impactful approaches at the local level. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all individuals who may bring diversity to our team.

Are you interested?

Send your cover letter (max. 1 A4), your CV, and a portfolio/examples of your design/written work (e.g. social media posts, posters, flyers, newsletters, articles etc.) in PDF by April 30, 2024 To Marinah Rahmat, Program & Communications Officer at va******@ju*************.nl, citing "Communications intern (HRD Program). Please make clear in your cover letter your ideal start and end date for the internship. For more information you can email the above address. Interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentatively scheduled to take place in the week of May 6.

Note: Candidates are not required to be a university student. Candidates must have a residency permit, work visa, or be a citizen of a European Union country to be able to work in the Netherlands immediately. Justice & Peace is unfortunately unable to support you in acquiring this. Candidates must also be able to come to the office in person at least three days a week, and have a suitable remote working arrangement.

  • 1-6-2024
  • 30-9-2024
  • 30-4-2024
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