Internships

ORAM – Research Intern – December 2018

ORAM is currently seeking an intern with exquisite research and citation skills to assist with ORAM’s ongoing publications.

ORAM is a world-leader in providing support for the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.

This internship is for 3 months and will be based in our Berlin office. The two main works in this internship will be ORAM’s (1) Guide to Training on Culturally Contentious Topics and (2) Guide to Credibility Assessment in Asylum & Refugee Claims based on Sexual Orientation & Gender identity. This will be an excellent opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the cutting-edge pedagogical, psychological, and sociological questions underpinning these fascinating fields.

You MUST be a native English speaker.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Very strong written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent English prose (nonfiction) writing skills;
  • Ability to convey complex topic simply and intuitively without sacrificing content;
  • Experience of editing documents;
  • Preferred background in social sciences or other field that requires extensive research;
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications (especially Word & Excel),
  • Excellent research and organizational skills;
  • Self-motivated and a stickler for detail;
  • Ability to adhere to tight deadlines;
  • Adaptable; ability to handle and prioritize tasks while meeting these deadlines.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Researching information, content and sources for publications and other communications;
  • Checking citations and supporting evidence as needed;
  • Working with graphic design/layout professional to prepare works for publication;

To apply for this internship please submit the following items to internship@oramrefugee.org:

  • CV;
  • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the role and your eligibility;
  • A non-fiction writing sample (academic).

Candidates will complete a writing test in real time during the interview.


 

ORAM is seeking highly qualified and dedicated interns to assist us with our research, legal work, communications, and organizational management. ORAM’s internships provide exceptional educational content and help prepare interns for careers in the refugee field and non-profit sector. All interns are fully integrated into our staff and are exposed to all aspects of ORAM’s work.

 

Types of internships available:

  • Legal & Research
  • Non-profit Administrative Internship

A. Legal & Research Internship

Description

Interns will conduct legal research, analysis, and writing under the supervision of an experienced attorney to improve the capacity of judges, lawyers, legislators, and other stakeholders to adjudicate the claims of refugees and asylum seekers requesting protection based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Internships will take place in Berlin and are for a minimum of 10 weeks for a minimum of 35 hours/week. Some flexibility is possible.

Selection Criteria

Applicants for the legal and research internship must have:

  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate legal studies or at least one year toward a graduate law degree;
  • A proven commitment to the field of refugees or forced migration;
  • Strong English language oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent legal research and analytical skills;
  • The ability to prioritize and manage their time effectively;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and Internet research;
  • A positive, can-do attitude; and
  • Fluency in Arabic, French, German or Spanish an advantage.

Responsibilities

Legal and research interns will conduct research, analysis, and writing for various projects related to refugee and asylum policy and advocacy, in support of ORAM’s international programs. Interns will also provide direct assistance to refugees and asylum seekers through ORAM’s virtual hotline and through its legal casework, depending upon availability.

Educational Benefits:

ORAM’s internships are highly regarded for their educational content and their preparation of interns for careers in the refugee field. Interns will gain an understanding of the functions, goals, and workings of a refugee NGO. Subject to approval by their academic institution, interns may be able to satisfy academic paper requirements through their ORAM research and writing project. Throughout 2017, we are pleased to work with external funders and schools offering academic credit.

To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in interning with ORAM to internship@OramRefugee.org. Please include “2018 Legal Internship Application” in the subject line of your e-mail. Please indicate fluency in languages in addition to English in your application. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. All applications should be submitted electronically. Thank you.

 

B. Non-profit Administrative Internship

Description

ORAM is currently seeking a Non-profit Administrative Intern to assist with administrative and financial tasks and to help coordinate training programs. The intern will perform general office duties to ensure the efficient day-to-day operation of the office. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of office administration while working for a well-established nonprofit organization. Position is available in Berlin.

The ideal candidate must be a high-level or native English speaker seeking experience working for a non-profit. S/he must possess the following qualities:

Selection Criteria

  • Strong English-language oral and written communication skills. German and other languages at working proficiency is a strong asset.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications (Word & Excel especially), database systems, social networks, and Internet research.
  • Excellent organizational skills, self-motivated, able to use own initiative, attention to detail, and the ability to handle and prioritize tasks while meeting deadlines
  • Tech savvy.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform various administrative and office support activities for multiple supervisors, though mainly under the supervision of our Training Coordinator and our Finance Manager.
  • Duties may include organizing office databases, word processing, creating spreadsheets, data entry, and filing of office documents, records and reports.
  • Depending on the candidate’s language skills, proof reading of publication and other communications.
  • Compiling reports of financial records on a regular basis under the supervision of our Finance Manager.

Interns are expected to work a minimum of 3 to 4 days per week, for at least two months. Hours can be flexible as long as they overlap with staff hours, between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm.

Educational Benefits

ORAM’s internships are regarded for their educational content and their preparation of interns for careers in the refugee field. Interns will gain an understanding of the functions, goals and operations of the non-profit sector, specifically in the area of refugee advocacy. Throughout 2018, we are pleased to work with external funders and schools offering academic credit.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in working with ORAM to internship@OramRefugee.org

Please include “2018 Administrative Internship Application” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Please indicate fluency in languages in addition to English in your application.