Communication and Award Intern to Civil Rights Defenders
Civil Rights Defenders

Are you passionate about human rights and at the end of your academic studies?

Do you want to work with communication and event planning in an international environment with colleagues all over the world? Then you might be the person we are looking for.

About the role

Civil Rights Defenders’ communication work aims to engage people to stand up for democracy and human rights, actively support our global network of human rights defenders, and increase awareness about Civil Rights Defenders, in Sweden and globally. Since 2013, Civil Rights Defenders annually award one human rights defender with the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. The recipient is a person who, despite the risk to their safety, continues their fight for the respect and protection of civil and political rights. Read more here.

As Communication and Award Intern, you will join the Communications team, in organising one of our flagship events, the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award ceremony, and associated activities. The work includes a wide range of communication activities, such as planning events and advocacy activities, writing articles, supporting our media work, contributing to the production of digital and print material among other things and requires excellent language skills in English AND Swedish. You will gain first hand insight into the communications and fundraising work of an international NGO.

During the internship, we will offer the opportunity to participate in external events, seminars and meetings, and internal workshops about our work. The internship is adapted depending on your skills. You will work closely with our Award and Communications Officer, who will help, guide and train you during the internship.

About you

To be suitable for this internship you have:

  • Excellent knowledge of speaking and writing in English and Swedish.
  • Good communication skills, with experience of writing news articles or other texts for publication in traditional or digital media.
  • Good understanding of social media and how to work with content production.
  • A keen interest in planning and organising events.
  • A solution-oriented mind set.
  • The ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Excellent knowledge of speaking and writing in English and Swedish.
  • Some skills in WordPress, Adobe Creative suite or easier video editing for social media, and an eagerness to develop your skills within these tools.
  • An ongoing or just completed bachelor’s or master’s degree in communications, journalism, media production or equivalent.
  • A genuine interest in human rights and a basic knowledge about the issues that Civil Rights Defenders works with
  • Previous experience from working with communications and event planning is considered a merit.
About the internship

The internship takes place at our head office in Stockholm or remotely from January to June 2023, or in accordance with your education plan. As an organisation, we strive for diversity and we see your background, experience and personality as a contribution to the organisation. Civil Rights Defenders only accepts interns who have an internship as part of their formal education, if the internship takes place during the study period or is in direct connection with completed studies. The internship is full-time and unpaid, with the possibility of compensation for travel expenses.

Last day of application is November 20, 2022. Please apply as soon as possible as we recruit on an ongoing basis.For more information about the internship, please contact: Maria Granefelt, Communications Director:

About us

Civil Rights Defenders is a politically and religiously independent international human rights organisation. We defend people’s civil and political rights in some of the world’s most repressive regions. We partner with and support human rights defenders in more than 300 organisations in 50 countries on four continents. Together with our partners, we hold those in power accountable when people’s civil or political rights are violated. We also act as Sweden’s civil rights watchdog. Civil Rights Defenders has around 100 staff members working in various functions towards our vision – a world of democratic societies in which we all enjoy our civil and political rights. Our headquarter is located in Stockholm, and we have eight branch offices around the world. Learn more about our work at

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