Call for International Advocacy Internship

RFSL is seeking applicants to intern with the International Advocacy Team.

Internship Description: RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights is seeking applicants to intern with the International Advocacy Team. The Stockholm-based internship will focus on the activities of the advocacy team during autumn of 2017 targeted at various United Nations (UN) processes. According to RFSL’s priorities, the Advocacy Team centers its work on several processes, including Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030; the Commission on the Status of Women; Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies as well as Human Rights Council. The Advocacy Team also participates actively in broader coalitions of national and international civil society organizations to ensure that both the UN system and governments take action to address human rights concerns of LGBTIQ persons.

The International Advocacy intern will work with RFSL’s staff as an integral part of the team by:

  • Monitoring developments at the UN, via meeting observation, websites and reports
  • Supporting advocacy efforts of the team by providing desk-based research support
  • Drafting communications and advocacy materials related to the UN processes relevant for and prioritized by RFSL
  • Organizing advocacy meetings and side events
  • Providing administrative support, including database maintenance, record keeping and filing
  • Producing content for external communication, such as articles for the RFSL webpage

Ideally, the candidate will intern during autumn 2017 starting in September and be able to work five days a week with flexible working hours. A full-time working week is 40 hours.

This internship is unpaid. However, if work related travel occurs, the costs, incl. per diems will be covered.

The working language at the International Unit is English.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be graduate students, or law students with a demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular interest in social justice, human rights, and/or LGBT issues with strong writing and communication abilities in English. The successful applicant will be a strong team player with an ability to work independently when needed. Knowledge of the UN system would be an asset.

How to Apply: Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. Please apply immediately or by July 9th by e-mailing a letter of interest, a resume or CV, including 2 references and a brief max 3 pages, unedited writing sample to Please use “International Advocacy Internship” in the subject line of your email.

Subsequent Employment: There is no expectation of employment with RFSL following the internship.