Internships

Interested in interning for Genocide Watch?

 

Genocide Watch Internships- PLEASE NOTE: Genocide Watch is suspending its intern positions until further notice. Please contact greghstanton@gmail.com should you have any questions. 

 

Genocide Watch, Inc., the world’s first anti-genocide NGO, and the founder and Chair of the Alliance Against Genocide, offers unpaid internship positions for current students and recent graduates every Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Genocide Watch works from offices in the affiliated School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, near the Virginia Square Metro-GMU stop on the Orange and Silver Lines, making it unnecessary for interns to own a car.

 

The http://www.genocidewatch.org archive is the deepest in the field and has received over 55 million hits from 2000 through 2013. It is relied on by genocide scholars and activists around the world. Since 2014, Genocide Watch has used its new website (http://www.genocidewatch.net) to better connect website users to Genocide Watch’s social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. Our Alliance Against Genocide website (againstgenocide.org) is a connector for over fifty organizations that belong to the Alliance Against Genocide, the first and largest alliance of anti-genocide organizations in the world.

 

Genocide Watch interns attend meetings in Washington, DC with other NGOs and government officials. They also attend programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Woodrow Wilson Center and other think tanks.

 

Genocide Watch offers the following three internships:

1. Legal Director: Justice in the Middle East

2. Webmaster and Early Warning Analyst

3. Operations Manager, Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator, and Fundraising Director

 

Internship schedule:

The Genocide Watch office at George Mason University’s Arlington, Virginia campus is open four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the school year, internships have hours and start dates depending on the intern’s internship program and course schedule. The Winter term internship is intended to fill the period from the end of the Fall semester to the beginning of the Spring semester, from mid-December to the third or fourth week of January, with a break for the week of Christmas and New Years.

Application deadlines:

○ Winter (December 2015 – January 2016): December 20, 2015

○ Spring (January – May): January 25, 2016

○ Summer (May – Aug): April 30, 2016

○ Fall (August – December): September 1, 2016

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following by the deadline for the term for which you are applying:

○ Cover letter

○ Short writing sample (2-5 pages – an excerpt from a longer paper is fine)

○ Resumé, including foreign language skills

○ Transcripts (may be unofficial)

○ Recommendation letter(s) (optional)

Applications should be emailed to Dr. Gregory Stanton at president@genocidewatch.org. In your subject line please put your name as well as “Website Builder and Early Warning Analyst ” or “Legal Director” or “Operations Manager and Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator” or simply “Internship” if you are interested in any open internship. Questions may be directed to president@genocidewatch.org.

Interns are selected based on language and computer skills, work experience, academic performance and enthusiasm for promoting Genocide Watch’s mission. Interns may apply for one of the accredited internship programs that give academic credit for their work, or Genocide Watch will cooperate with colleges, universities, or professional schools for graded academic credit. Genocide Watch will contact applicants to schedule interviews, if possible by Skype.

 1. Legal Director: Justice in the Middle East

Genocide Watch has been asked by American leaders of Middle Eastern descent to coordinate an international effort by distinguished jurists and policy makers to bring leaders of ISIS to justice before the International Criminal Court. The Legal Director will assist Professor Stanton in organizing this effort.

DUTIES

○Contact international jurists willing to work on the project, develop relationships with other organizations working on the project and maintain a network for communications among them.

○Draft plans, proposals and working papers for the project.

○Set up meetings for the participants, facilitate their contacts with government and UN officials, and serve as Genocide Watch’s Director for the Project, tentatively named Justice in the Middle East.

○Arrange and attend meetings with Congressional offices, State Department, and National Security Council officials or their staffs.

The cooperating organizations in the project will divide up its tasks. The Legal Director may draft legal documents outlining the case against ISIS, how the ICC should be given jurisdiction, and what steps need to be taken to gain the support of the members of the UN Security Council for a referral to the ICC.

QUALIFICATIONS

○ Ideally a law student, preferably in the second or third year, or a law graduate or a student in a program for the LLM. If you are applying for the Legal Director position, please include any legal training or experience that you may have in your application resumé and letter.

○ Ability to work independently and take initiative.

○ Excellent legal research and writing skill.

○ Excellent attention to detail and organizational skill.

○ Efficient work ethic.

Credit for the internship can be arranged with the intern’s law school. Candidates who have finished law school and have interned with an international tribunal should highlight those facts in their applications. Law students in their second or third years may also be qualified for this position.

If not enrolled in law school or employed, the Legal Director should expect to work four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays 10 AM to 5 PM. If the intern is enrolled in law school, the expected hours will be reduced to fit the student’s class schedule. No funding is yet available to pay interns, and Genocide Watch recognizes this is a competitive disadvantage compared to legal internships or jobs in law firms. However, Genocide Watch is currently unable to promise remuneration for this internship.

 

2. Webmaster and Early Warning Analyst

 

The Webmaster will focus on maintaining Genocide Watch’s two websites: genocidewatch.net and againstgenocide.org, including maintaining the websites and social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. The Early Warning Analyst will draft Genocide Alerts and Update Country Reports.

DUTIES

○ Add daily news articles to the Genocide Watch website and the Alliance Against Genocide website;

○ Update Country Reports for the 2016 Countries at Risk Report;

○ Draft Genocide Alerts on situations at risk of genocide or other crimes against humanity. The Alerts are published on the websites, are sent to members of the Alliance, and are sent directly to key policy makers in the US, UK, French and other governments on the UN Security Council, to key UN officials such as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide, and to Members of the United States Senate and Congress.

○ Maintain all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) and update them regularly.

○ Update Country Reports, which are the basis of Genocide Watch’s annual Countries at Risk Report.

QUALIFICATIONS

○ Ability to work independently and take initiative.

○ Experience with high-level internet research.

○ Knowledge of social media platforms and Microsoft Office.

○ Experience with WordPress is a plus, but training will be provided.

3. Operations Manager, Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator, and Fundraising Director

DUTIES

○The OperationsManager will work with the Genocide Watch team to manage the organization.

○The Manager will develop Genocide Watch’s accounting system and manage its donation entry, tracking, and thank you process.

○The Manager will assist the President and accountant in preparing the annual 990 tax return.

○The Manager will organize special events for Genocide Watch, such as film showings, speaker presentations, and organization of conferences in cooperation with other Alliance member organizations.

○The Manager will work with the Webmaster in posting articles to the genocidewatch.net website and in updating Country Reports.

○The Alliance Coordinator will contact members of the Alliance Against Genocide and develop stronger communications among Alliance members.

○The Alliance Coordinator will post communications from Alliance members on the appropriate pages of the Alliance website, againstgenocide.org.

○ The Fund Raising Director will develop fundraising strategies for Genocide Watch with George Mason University S-Car fundraising director, in cooperation with S-Car’s Genocide Prevention Program.

○The Fund Raising Director will identify potential donors and funding sources for Genocide Watch, build and maintain strong relationships with foundations, organizations, and individual supporters, and analyze trends in donations, gift giving, and fundraising.

○ The Fund Raising Director will assist with grant proposals, including researching potential grants, tracking submission deadlines, and drafting proposals.

○ The Fund Raising Director will maintain the database of funding opportunities and gifts.

QUALIFICATIONS

○ Interest and experience in non-profit management and operations.

○ Experience with fund raising.

○ Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

○ Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

○ Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and ability to learn basic accounting programs.

○ Design experience is a plus for designing publicity for Genocide Watch sponsored events.

 

In the coming months, Prof. Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, will concentrate on completion of a short textbook for secondary school students, entitled The Ten Stages of Genocide. His ten stage model of the genocidal process is already paradigmatic in many secondary school curricula in the US, Rwanda, and other countries. It is hoped that Dr. Stanton’s forthcoming short textbook will be adopted in many states, translated into numerous languages, and distributed free on the internet. Interns may be involved in some of the research and business arrangements for publication of the book.