Summer 2014 Internships

Global Exchange operates a structured internship program during the summers. Interns work closely with program staff on campaigns and programs and are expected to bring some knowledge and experience to the organization. Interns should be able to offer 20-40 hours per week from June-August.


Our summer interns work closely with program staff on campaigns and programs and are expected to bring some knowledge and experience to the organization. Interns should be able to offer at least 20 hours per week for 3 months, and be eager to participate in all aspects of their department.

The summer program is structured and includes weekly intern workshops featuring various campaigners, staff members and guest speakers to provide the opportunity to learn about issues we work on and new skills. We also include other fun activites throughout the summer including an intern project. 

Global Exchange devotes staff time to raising awareness among staff about issues of privilege and diversity and how these issues affect our work environment and our campaigns. We seek candidates who have an openness to engaging these issues and a commitment to incorporating an analysis of privilege and different forms of oppression into their work.
 
Deadline to apply: Application deadline for the 2014 summer internship program is: March 7, 2014
We aim to make all final decisions by April 1st if not sooner.
 
To Apply:
Send a cover letter, stating: 1. Why you are interested in interning at Global Exchange and 2. What strengths you could bring to the organization. We also ask that you complete the enclosed Internship Application, and provide us with a résumé and two letters of recommendation and/or three references.


 
Please mail to:
Global Exchange
Attn: Internship Coordinator
2017 Mission St., 2nd FL.
San Francisco, CA. 94110
 
We do not accept email applications unless you are outside of the country in which case you may email your application packet in a word document to: interns@globalexchange.org

The following jobs are available:


Global Exchange Top 10 Corporate Criminals researcher


Join the Global Exchange to highlight and challenge corporate criminals! If you are in the CA Bay Area this Fall and looking for an internship, read on!

Global Exchange is looking for a self-motivated intern to join us this summer to research and produce our ‘Most Wanted: Top 10 Corporate Criminals List’. We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized individual with strong research and writing skills to learn, grow and work with us.



Desired Qualifications:

  •   commitment to the goals of Global Exchange;
  •   high attention to detail with ability to multi-task;
  •   strong understanding of the ills of corporate power the human rights violations caused by corporations;
  •   ability to work with social media and CMS websites;
  •   energy, enthusiasm, and creativity;
  •   ability to work independently as well as part of a team;

 

Responsibilities:

  •   Work on Global Exchange's Most Wanted: Top 10 Corporate Criminals list, to be launched in August;
  •   Review, research and present draft list;
  •   Finalize list, write descriptions;
  •   Draft launch schedule, write and edit blog posts on Wordpress

 

To Learn More:

 

To meet Global Exchange's 2013 intern who worked on the Most Wanted list: http://www.globalexchange.org/blogs/peopletopeople/2013/08/22/the-summer...
 


Community Rights Organizing


Community Rights Organizing: Placing the rights of Communities and Nature Above Corporations. From water withdrawal to mining, GMOs and refineries, the corporate few wield the law against our communities, endangering our heath, safety and the environment. WE CAN CHANGE THAT! A new framework is emerging: Rights-based organizing! Confronted by corporate harms, more than 120 communities have decided to do something different, enacting cutting edge laws that place the rights of communities and nature above the claimed "rights" of corporations. This organizing stems from a new understanding about the origins of corporate power and our current structures of law, learned in Democracy School. Now taught in 23 states, this empowering weekend-long training teaches dramatic new ways of confronting the power and rights used by corporations to deny the rights of people and nature. Communities across the US have utilized these lessons to stop working defensively against the corporate harms and take courageous action to assert their rights to make governing decisions where they live!


Global Exchange is bringing this organizing to communities around California and beyond. We are also working with our allies and communities internationally to introduce Rights of Nature at the UN level. Help Global Exchange make history! Please check out the website for more information on this work: http://www.globalexchange.org/programs/communityrights

The community rights intern will engage in the following activities:

  • Assist the program assistant and director in empowering communities to challenge corporate power and establish community self-rule
  • Research CA community struggles against unwanted corporate projects and assaults as well as research around laws, and the rights of nature
  • Outreach: Be a point of entry and ongoing contact to local communities to inform them of our unique approach and establish connections for possible organizing state wide, and work with GX staff to help organize communities throughout the state
  • Organize and schedule speaking and media opportunities
  • Manage rights-based website and develop and manage a growing list-serve and database of contacts research for publication in journals and media placement, with the potential for some writing including the GX newsletter, conducting interviews and other opportunities
  • Design flyers and outreach materials
  • Help with the distribution of our new book, The Rights of Nature, by managing and responding to book requests and being in contact with individuals and media interests.
  • Otherwise support this cutting edge work with other duties as assigned based on skill set, and your goals!


The community rights intern will learn/hone the following skills:

  • Essential community organizing skills including identifying and breaking ground with potential new community activist partners, and actual on the ground organizing.
  • Through participation in community rights trainings and via other avenues, learn about the basis of rights-based organizing including learning the history of corporate power, about people's movements for RIGHTS; and the cutting edge work started through rights-based organizing to recognize the rights of nature (which has now become the basis for Ecuador's constitutional rights of nature provision)
  • Research, verbal and written communication skills
  • Learn to design outreach and campaign materials
  • Develop skills in event planning including potential conferences and strategy summits for activists engaged in work to advance community and nature’s rights.
  • Learn about local, state and federal law in the process of developing cutting edge ordinances that deny corporations' constitutional "rights" learn (or broaden) your skills at developing and managing web and list serve content much much more!

Global Exchange Social Media Intern

If you are looking to gain hands-on, in-demand non-profit social media experience, this is the internship for you!
 We're looking for an intern interested in keeping Global Exchange in the mix of tweeting, face-booking, blogging & more. He or she will gain practical online community management experience and learn about the latest trends in social media marketing and outreach strategies.

The goal of this internship is to provide the intern with real-world social media experience and skills while increasing the effectiveness of Global Exchange’s social media efforts. The Social Media Intern will work closely with Global Exchange’s Director of Social Media on the communications team and take an active role in various projects.
 So apply today for a chance to join our communications team and gain new skills while helping to promote Global Exchange’s campaigns, events, actions and programs, plus our Reality Tours and Fair Trade Stores.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing & editing skills
  • Superb communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Familiarity with online organizing tools such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
  • Experience using WordPress is a big plus

 

Responsibilities:

  • Manage/monitor social media networks
  • Write and edit blog posts
  • Take ownership of specific projects with support and guidance from Social Media Director


Experience & Skills the Social Media Intern Will Gain:

  • Write and edit blog posts and website content
  • Create and manage social media content utilizing a social media dashboard and editorial calendar
  • Manage & grow social media channels and online audiences
  • Use a social media work plan to capitalize on opportunities and track ROI

 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore, follow & “like” Global Exchange’s social media channels before applying, which include:

 


Fundraising Intern

Join Global Exchange's development team to learn the 'ins and outs' of fundraising and help build the progressive movement from the ground up. Work in a friendly office setting with our committed and experienced staff. The development department partners with all areas of the organization to raise the funds necessary to carry out the critical work of Global Exchange. Fundraising is widely considered the most marketable skill you can bring to a career in the non-profit sector.

We are looking for talented, detail-oriented individuals who can commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week to bolster our fundraising efforts through event planning, research of prospective funders, editing and submission of grant proposals and database management.

As a Fundraising Intern you will:

  • Become familiar with the inner workings of non-profit organizations
  • Learn event planning, database management and outreach skills
  • Develop promotional materials to build interest around the work of GX
  • Have the opportunity to attend events in the community to engage new members
  • Keep our existing members and donors informed on GX's work
  • Research and evaluate prospective foundation and individual donors
  • Carry out clerical tasks in support of members of the development department
  • Learn the basics of donor relationship maintenance and correspondence, developing project budgets, and reporting deliverables
  • Edit/Proof and edit donor proposals, reports and appeals
  • Become familiar with the inner workings of non-profit organizations
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of Global Exchange's mission and campaigns

 

Who we are looking for:

  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented individuals
  • Some office experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Passionate about human rights and social justice
  • Interested in learning more about the non-profit sector

 

Students may have the option of earning academic credits for their time. Please indicate which of the two development internships (grants internship or fundraising internship) you are interested in on your application. If you are interested in either position simply write development department as your choice, and we will place you where you best fit within the department.


Grants Intern

Join Global Exchange's development team to learn the 'ins and outs' of fundraising and help build the progressive movement from the ground up. Work in a friendly office setting with our committed and experienced staff. The development department partners with all areas of the organization to raise the funds necessary to carry out the critical work of Global Exchange. Fundraising is widely considered the most marketable skill you can bring to a career in the non-profit sector.

We are looking for talented, detail-oriented individuals who can commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week to bolster our foundation fundraising efforts through research of prospective funders, editing and submission of grant proposals and database management.

As a Grants Intern you will:

  • Become familiar with the inner workings of non-profit organizations
  • Learn how to develop an annual foundation fundraising strategy
  • Research and evaluate prospective foundation and individual donors
  • Update existing records and files for current foundation funders and prospects
  •  Learn the basics of donor relationship maintenance and correspondence, developing project budgets, and reporting deliverables
  • Edit/proof and edit donor proposals, reports and appeals as needed
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of Global Exchange's mission and campaigns

 

Who we are looking for:

  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented individuals
  • Some office experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Passionate about human rights and social justice
  • Interested in learning more about the non-profit sector


Students may have the option of earning academic credits for their time. Please indicate which of the two development internships (grants internship or fundraising internship) you are interested in on your application. If you are interested in either position simply write development department as your choice, and we will place you where you best fit within the department.


Cuba Reality Tours and Reality Tours Outreach/Marketing Intern

Reality Tours takes you to places in the news. The idea that travel can be educational and positively influence international affairs motivated the first Global Exchange Reality Tour in 1989. For over 15 years we have promoted alternative, educational travel as a way to replace feelings of apathy and helplessness with a deeper understanding and sense of empowerment.
Reality Tours now sends over 1,000 delegates each year to over 30 countries. Within a strong framework of socially responsible travel, our travel delegations inspire individuals to become advocates of social and environmental justice. We hope citizens of the Global North will recognize their own capacity and responsibility to impact US foreign policy and commit to social change.

Work description for interns:

  • Assist in the coordination of tours
  • Update tour descriptions, itineraries, country profiles and news updates on the RT website
  • Update collateral material including flyers and background readers for each destination
  • Perform administrative duties as needed, including documenting trip information in computer database, translating information from in-country trip leaders, inputting registration information, checking flight information, copying, faxing, mailing, answering emails, etc.
  • Help research and conduct outreach for upcoming tours, including identifying markets and opportunities
  • Help strategize creative outreach for Global Exchange Reality Tours
  • Help write materials for the Global Exchange Reality Tours blog and other social media platforms

 

Desired qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong writing skills, especially in blog format
  • Experience in and/or a strong desire to be involved in outreach and marketing for socially responsible travel


Mexico Human Rights Program Research and Organizing


The Mexico Program seeks an intern to support staff who work with like-minded Mexican and U.S. organizations to challenge the destructive assumptions and policies that used to justify and prolong the failed and counter-productive war on drugs. 
Our work involves providing support to human rights and democracy advocates and organizations; building US coalitions that support ending prohibition, advocating for policies aimed at stopping those trafficking guns to Mexico's criminal cartels; as well as opposing pernicious aspects of "Plan Merida" and Pentagon efforts to "assist" Mexico's army and police. 


Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong speaking and writing skills in both English and Spanish
  • Extensive knowledge of Mexican current affairs
  • Strong research and organizing skills


Responsibilities:

  • Support staff in organizing efforts and coalition building around the issues of peace, justice, and human rights in Mexico
  • Research around relating issues including but not limited to; US and Mexico drug policy, gun trafficking, militarization of US/Mexico border, immigration reform, and the peace movement in Mexico

 


Please check out the Mexico Human Rights Program webpage <http://www.globalexchange.org/programs/mexico>  for more information and our current work.
 


Administration intern

Work in the world of non-profit administration and learn how things are run from the inside out. The Administration team is the internal heartbeat of the organization, which you can learn all about in this “inside” position to the non-profit world.

We are looking for a talented, highly motivated, detail-oriented individual who can dedicate 15-20 hours per week throughout the summer.

As an administration intern you will:

  • Become familiar with the inner workings of non-profit organizations
  • Learn how to manage a front desk and gain hands on receptionist skills
  • Learn how to apply for and manage our state form charity applications
  • Help create new systems of organization in the office
  • Assist with other administrative duties as needed


Desired Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated and self driven
  • Detail oriented
  • Some customer service experience
  • Passionate about human rights and social justice
  • Interested in learning more about the non-profit sector

Website Update and Content Writing Intern

Join our Communications team and help promote Global Exchange’s campaigns, programs, Reality Tours and Fair Trade store information as well as push out information about events, Days of Action and urgent alerts. We’re looking for interns interested in detail and design. You will gain hands on experience and learn all about our website and content management systems.

Interns will be working on updating our site with new content, writing new content for consistency and make real impact to our online presence.  Familiarity with HTML is a plus.
 


Global Exchange Fair Trade Intern

Join the Global Exchange Fair Trade team! If you are in the Ca Bay Area this summer and looking for an internship in the Fair Trade movement, read on!

Global Exchange is looking for a self-motivated intern to join our Fair Trade team to gain hands-on experience with our Fair Trade campaign AND Fair Trade stores. We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized individual with strong writing skills to learn, grow and work with us.

Desired Qualifications:

  • commitment to Fair Trade and the goals of Global Exchange;
  • high attention to detail with ability to multi-task;
  • strong social media and computer skills (Photoshop and Wordpress a plus);
  • energy, enthusiasm, and creativity;
  • ability to work independently as well as part of a team;

Responsibilities:

  • Work on Global Exchange's Fair Trade Your Holidays projects  
  • Respond to requests for information by Fair Trade supporters
  • Provide support to Global Exchange's Fair Trade stores
  • Manage and post online petitions (for eg on Causes)
  • Write and edit blog posts on Wordpress

To Learn More:

  • To learn more about Global Exchange's Fair Trade Campaign:http://www.globalexchange.org/fairtrade/campaigns
  • To learn more about Global Exchange's Fair Trade Stores:http://www.globalexchange.org/fairtrade/campaigns/stores
  • To learn more about Global Exchange's Fair Trade blog: http://www.globalexchange.org/blogs/fairtrade/