IWGIA is looking for an intern

Do you have a passion for human rights and are extremely structured to help organise events? Do you enjoy assisting with logistics and networking? And do you have a communications background?

If it sounds like you, we want to hear from you.

Human rights internship

IWGIA is looking for a dedicated and skilled intern for assisting us with the preparation of our 50th anniversary in September, where the highlight is a conference about how to better protect human rights defenders around the world. Soon we will be celebrating achievements and discussing future challenges with our global network and we need help with event coordination and communications.

The tasks

As part of the conference team, you will get a unique opportunity to follow the entire process beginning to end and meet committed human rights defenders, indigenous organisations and UN officials.
Since our conference and celebration involves very different logistical and communication efforts, there will be a set of related tasks you will be expected to carry out. We imagine that you will assist us with some of the following and/ other ad hoc tasks - based on interest and qualifications:

  • Assist with travel arrangements for participants
  • Organise sightseeing activities for international guests
  • Maintain close contact with international participants during their stay
  • Logistical support to project lead before and during the conference
  • Help to organise IWGIA 50th year anniversary gala dinner
  • Making interviews with participants that can be used in social media and for campaign purposes and make updates for social media
  • When the conference is over we expect you to help us with diverse communication tasks, including our report The Indigenous World: https://www.iwgia.org/en/resources/yearbook

You will be referring to our Senior Advisor and project lead on the conference & our Press and Communication Manager and assisting them in planning, promoting and following up on the project.

Your qualifications:

You are studying a relevant education, preferably Development, Communication, Journalism, Anthropology, Spanish, English or alike, and you are motivated to communicate human rights and change.

Since our conference will be bilingual (English and Spanish), we are looking for a candidate that has strong communication skills in English and Spanish.

Apart from that it is a plus, if you:

  • Have experience with event management and have good interpersonal skills
  • Are familiar (or want to be familiar) with human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples
  • Have experience with assisting in communication tasks
  • Have the drive to be part of a small and dynamic team.

We offer

As a learning organisation we value knowledge sharing, innovation and creativity. Therefore we appreciate any feedback and ideas. Apart from that, we will offer:

  • The opportunity to be part of a project you can influence
  • The chance to implement and develop your own ideas
  • A broad international network of committed colleagues and employees
  • Regular coaching and feedback

For IWGIA, it is important that our interns learn as much as possible. Therefore you will have independent responsibilities with relevant support from other team members.

The internship runs through August-January and you are expected to work 37 hours a week. IWGIA can give proof of your work if the internship is a part of your studies. The internship is unpaid.

Application deadline: 23 July 2018. Please send a short motivation letter and your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Interviews will take place on a regular basis.

More about our conference

Conference Defending the Defenders - New alliances for protecting indigenous peoples’ rights

Human rights defenders are dying, attacked and criminalized all over the world. This is happening at an increasingly alarming rate. In 2017, 197 people were killed while protecting their community’s land or natural resources. Approximately 40 per cent of these were indigenous peoples.

The main aim of the conference is to understand why in particular and increasingly indigenous peoples from developing countries are being killed or persecuted. The conference will examine the key drivers behind this global phenomenon and discuss context-specific cases, and what can be done to change the current situation.

Read more about it here.


IWGIA is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. We document indigenous peoples’ situations, the violations of their rights and analyze trends; empower indigenous peoples through organizational support and projects on the ground and by supporting human rights institutions to advance indigenous peoples’ rights; and we conduct advocacy with and in support of indigenous peoples towards key duty bearers at international, regional and national levels.


IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. Download here.

Contact IWGIA

Prinsessegade 29 B, 3rd floor
DK 1422 Copenhagen
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
CVR: 81294410

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