internships

Interested in interning for Genocide Watch?

 

 

​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 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 Washington, DC area interns to own a car.

 

The http://www.genocidewatch.org and http://www.genocidewatch.net archive is the deepest in the field and has received over 70 million hits from 2000 through 2018. It is relied on by genocide scholars and activists around the world. Since 2016, Genocide Watch has used its new website (http://www.genocidewatch.com) to better connect website users to Genocide Watch’s social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. ​Our Alliance Against Genocide page is a connector for over seventy 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 Washington, DC think tanks.

 

Genocide Watch offers the following three internships:

1. Legal Associate

2. Webmaster and Early Warning Analyst

​3. ​Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator

 

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:

           ○ Fall (August – December): September 30, 201​8​ ​

○ Winter (December 2018 – January 2019): December 20, 2018

○ Spring (January – May): ​January 25, 201​9​

○ Summer (May – Aug): ​April 30, 2019

Application Instructions:

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

○ Cover letter

○ Short writing sample (2-3 pages – an excerpt from a longer paper is fine)

○ Resumé, including foreign language skills

○ Transcripts (may be unofficial)

 

Applications should be emailed to Dr. Gregory Stanton at president@genocidewatch.org. In your subject line please put your name as well as “Webmaster and Early Warning Analyst ” or “​Legal Associate” ​or “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 Associate

Genocide Watch has been asked by European and Iraqi leaders to coordinate an international effort by distinguished jurists and policy makers to bring leaders of ISIS to justice before an international tribunal. The Legal Associate will assist Professor Stanton in organizing this effort.  Genocide Watch is also pursuing ways to bring perpetrators of Myanmar's genocide against the Rohingya to justice.

 

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.

○Work with members of the Genocide Working Group on a Mapping Project to precisely locate ISIS crimes and perpetrators.

○Set up meetings for the participants, facilitate their contacts with government and UN officials. 

○ The Legal Associate may draft legal documents outlining the case against ISIS and what steps need to be taken to gain the support of the members of the UN Security Council or UN General Assembly for creation of an international tribunal.

 

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 Associate 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 Associate should expect to work forty hours per week.  If the intern is enrolled in law school, the work hours will be arranged to fit the student’s class schedule​.  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 website: genocidewatch.com, including maintaining ​the website and social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

DUTIES

○ Add daily news articles to the Genocide Watch website;

○ Update Country Reports for the 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, Instagram) and update them each time a new article is published on the website.

QUALIFICATIONS

○ Ability to work independently and take initiative.

○ Experience with high-level internet research.

○ Knowledge of social media platforms and Microsoft Office.

○ Experience with WIX, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is a plus, but training will be provided.

3. Alliance Against Genocide Coordinator

 

DUTIES

           ○ Add daily news articles to the Genocide Watch website;

           ○ Update Country Reports for the Countries at Risk Report;

○The Alliance Coordinator will post communications from Alliance members on the appropriate pages of the Genocide Watch website.​

QUALIFICATIONS

○ Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

○ Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

○ Experience with high-level internet research.

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

○ Experience with WIX, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is a plus, but training will be provided.

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.