Monthly Archives: May 2008

U.S. State Department Spring 2009 Internships

The U.S. Department of State offers opportunities to get first hand
experience in the field of foreign affairs. Whether you work in the
U.S. or at one of 265-plus posts around the world, you will help the
Department create a more secure, prosperous and democratic world.
Students from all majors can make a real difference by helping build
and keep positive relationships between America and the rest of the
world.
Internships are excellent preparation for future careers in both the
Civil Service and the Foreign Service. The Department is looking
for students with a broad range of majors, such as Business or
Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information
Management, Journalism, and the Biological, Physical and Engineering
Sciences, as well as those majors more traditionally identified with
international affairs.
KEY REQUIREMENTS:
* A U.S. citizen
* A student, as defined in the Qualifications & Evaluation section
* In good academic standing in an accredited institution
How Interns are Selected
The Intern Coordinators Office receives all applications and reviews them to ensure that they are complete and that applicants meet the eligibility criteria. Applications are then forwarded to the bureaus identified by the applicant. Bureau representatives evaluate applicants based on the application materials.
Foreign language ability is an important factor in placement for internships abroad. Completing some academic studies relevant to the type of work you wish to perform increases your competitiveness.
The bureau or office to which the Intern Coordinators Office submits the applications may make a verbal offer to an applicant. However, the offer is not “official” until selectees receive written notification from the Internship Program’s Office. This notification is a tentative offer to participate in the internship program. A final offer is contingent upon complete investigation and issuance of a security clearance. Those who are not selected for internships will also be notified. So that we may contact you as soon as possible, please make sure that any changes of address after you apply are updated immediately in your applicant profile.
How to Apply
We are now accepting applications to the 2009 Spring Internship Program. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2008.
All applications are submitted online through the “Gateway to State” system, which also screens applications to make sure that they are complete, and that applicants meet the eligibility criteria.
Click here for a link to further information and application.

Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) Internships (Washington D.C.)

For more than 30 years, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a major tax-exempt, nonprofit and nonpartisan national research and information organization, has offered internships in Washington in the fields of U.S., Latin American and Canadian relations. These internships provide entry level practical experience in dealing with a variety of hemispheric political, economic, diplomatic and trade issues. They also provide young scholars with an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the policymaking process.
COHA is seeking highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students, and those who already have earned degrees. During its existence, almost 1,000 successful candidates have interned in COHA’s Washington office. COHA internships, which are available throughout the year, are entirely voluntary and are awarded on a highly competitive basis (with summer positions being the most sought after). Schedules for the 18-week internships (14 weeks for summer internships) can be arranged to meet the individual’s needs, although full-time and full-term applicants are usually given preference in the selection process.
When contracting for its professional staff, COHA always limits its search to its former and current personnel who have served distinguished internships. COHA’s activities (in which interns play an integral role), include: issuing statements and providing commentary to the print and electronic media; submitting articles for publication under the intern-author’s by-line on hemispheric issues to regional and national media; monitoring human rights and press freedom violations, promoting constructive U.S. policy initiatives and activities throughout the hemisphere and formulating viable alternatives that seek a diplomatic rather than a military solution to disputes; attending briefings by visiting Latin American dignitaries and other regional events; and surveying legislation which affects the area, and promotes, rather than detracts from, the goals of social justice and the expansion of authentic democratic institutions.
Qualifications
Intern candidates should have some knowledge and/or interest in U.S.-Latin American affairs or international relations, and should display impressive research and writing skills. Language ability in Spanish or Portuguese is desired, although a track record in journalism, English or one of the social sciences may be substituted for the normal background requirements. Candidates who lack these qualifications are at times selected if they exhibit proven research and writing skills. Ideal internship candidates should be highly motivated and, under the guidance of the staff, will be expected to show initiative and a capacity for innovation in an office renowned for its productivity. Interns (or “research associates”, as they are officially designated) quickly become fully integrated into COHA’s research activities and also select modest administrative tasks that they are expected to fulfill along with their research and writing assignments.
For more information and an application, please see our web page at www.coha.org; or contact our Washington offices by phone (202) 223-4975, fax (202) 223-4979, or email coha@coha.org.

Latin America Working Group Internship (Washington D.C.)

The Latin America Working Group seeks interns year round to assist our advocacy efforts. (See application procedure below.)
Fall Semester (Sept – Dec) Application Due: July 20
Winter Semester (Jan – May) Application Due: November 11
Summer (June – August) Application due: March 20
The Latin America Working Group is a coalition of over sixty-five religious, human rights, grassroots, policy and development organizations. Since 1983, the coalition has worked to influence US policy so that it promotes peace, justice and sustainable development in Latin America.
The LAWG regularly convenes meetings of the participating organizations to analyze developments in Washington and Latin America and to craft common positions and effective strategies for action. The LAWG staff assist organizations in designing and implementing coordinated advocacy efforts and public education campaigns. Our staff provide information to nongovernmental organizations, the US Congress, the media, and citizens interested in US policy toward Latin America.
DUTIES: Interns are responsible for assisting LAWG constituents, keeping up to date on Latin American issues, delivering educational packets to Capitol Hill, attending meetings and congressional hearings, and assisting the director and staff with daily and weekly projects. The internship is fairly flexible, so if there is a special project an intern would like to work on, he or she is encouraged to do so.
PROGRAM: Interns can work up to five days a week, with flexible hours. Interns work closely with the staff, doing what is necessary as it arises. The staff communicate frequently about current events, regional transformations, and the timing of legislation in Congress. The office functions at a fast pace but staff are friendly and helpful. Dress is casual.
SKILLS: A general understanding and interest in politics, economics, social issues and human rights in Latin America; a desire to learn about the federal government; basic office skills; and curiosity about grassroots political organizing.
COMMENT: LAWG is an ideal place to gain experience in advocacy work for any issue and provides a thorough introduction into how human rights and peace groups influence and shape US foreign policy. Unfortunately, LAWG cannot offer financial compensation to interns; however, the LAWG staff is willing to assist interns on independent projects in order to receive academic credit.
TO APPLY: Send a resume, cover letter, short writing sample (2-3 pages), and the names and daytime telephone numbers of two references to:
Latin America Working Group
Attn: Intern Coordinator
424 C St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-7010
(202) 543-7647 (fax)
Email your application to: lawg@lawg.org

GLAAD Fellowship Opportunities in LA and NY

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Fellowship was created to develop new leadership in the movement for LGBT equality and provide a unique opportunity to build experience in media activism by working nearly full time in GLAAD offices and being supervised and mentored by GLAAD’s staff in Programs and Communication. GLAAD Media Fellows have worked in our National News Media Program, People of Color Media Program for Asian Pacific Islander Communities, and Public Relations. Fellowships are also available in entertainment media and Spanish Language Communications.
GLAAD Fellowships run from January through December and are available in New York and in Los Angeles. GLAAD Media Fellows are paid a monthly stipend of $1600. GLAAD Media Fellows are responsible for their own housing and living expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at least half-time as a graduate or undergraduate student, or have successfully completed a graduate or undergraduate degree within the 12 months preceding the application deadline.
To apply please email resume and cover letter to volunteers@glaad.org or fax to (323) 933-2241 in October for consideration. Interviews are normally held in November, December.

D.C. United Hispanic Communications Internship (Washington D.C.)

REQUIREMENTS
* Written and oral fluency in Spanish
* Journalism and Communications background preferred
* Soccer (Futbol) knowledge- International and Latin American Football
* Writing samples in English and Spanish are helpful
* Ability to translate content from English to Spanish and vice versa
* Possess interpersonal and public speaking skills
* Produce content for the Spanish section of the website
HOW TO APPLY
Please e-mail a resume, cover letter and writing sample in both English and Spanish to Boris Flores (bflores@dcunited.com) to apply for the Hispanic Communications Internship.
ABOUT D.C. UNITED
Although soccer is still considered by many to be a “niche sport” in United States, more Americans are being converted to fans of the glorious game as each year passes. With the birth of Major League Soccer in 1996, the U.S. once again had a top-flight league, allowing soccer-hungry fans across the country to watch the world’s most popular sport in their own backyard. As a charter member of MLS, D.C. United first stepped onto the pitch in 1996, and the team from the Nation’s Capital would quickly set the standard for excellence in the league on the field and in the stands. In its short, eight-year history, D.C. United has earned more domestic and international honors than any other American side, done battle against some of the world’s most famous clubs and built a fiercely loyal and dedicated fan base that understands and appreciates world-class soccer.

Bilingual Promo Content Services Coordinator for Universal Music Logistics in CA

Universal Music Logistics (UML) is currently seeking a Bilingual Promo Content Services Coordinator for the Universal City, CA location.
This is a computer-intensive position based around digital distribution of promotional audio and video assets. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Digital Business Support, the Coordinator will handle the day-to-day fulfillment of promotional product, in support of UMG North American labels. The Coordinator will also assist in projects as defined by the Senior Director of Digital Business Support.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
Perform fulfillment of promotional product (audio and video) across UMG owned and distributed labels (including Canada and Mexico); including developing client/label relations and supporting UMG initiatives to reduce promotional product costs.
Create custom HTML emails that serve as notification of new promotional assets.
Maintain digital release tracking and data reports; create on demand release activity reports for content owners; update daily digital list activity reports.
Assist with testing on various UMG and third party systems.
Address user questions and issues (provide customer service) on these systems.
Design/assemble internal department collateral, presentations, and reports.
Develop a thorough understanding of the existing business processes (across labels and departments) and various systems used by them.
Requirements
Experience in the digital audio and video business preferred
Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, HTML, and Photoshop
Strong written and verbal communication skills with an emphasis on diplomacy
Customer service attitude
Fluent in Spanish both written and verbal (THIS IS REQUIRED)
Understanding of web-based applications
Ability to multitask and manage competing priorities/deadlines
Self-motivated/Independent thinker
Detail-oriented and excellent follow-through required
BS degree
For more information: http://www.careers-umusic.com/umusic/jobboard/

Democracy Now! Seeks e Manager for Spanish Language Content

Democracy Now! is a daily, non-profit, national, independent news hour
based in New York City. In 2005 we launched Democracy Now! en español to
produce, market and distribute Spanish language translations of
Democracy Now! content. Today, 180 stations broadcast either our daily
headlines or our Resumen Semenal, an hour-long weekly round up of top
headlines.
Building on this strong foundation, the DN!e Manager will lead our
committed team in a period of new growth, bringing more Spanish language
Democracy Now! content to bigger audiences worldwide.
RESPONSIBILITIES
• Coordinate and participate in the translation of audio, video and
print content from English into Spanish.
• Market Spanish language content to stations, websites, publications, etc.
• Manage and recruit remote and new york city based staff, interns and
contractors.
• Update content and develop new features for Spanish section of website.
• Manage database of station, publication and website contacts.
• Increase audience for Spanish language content through outreach and
publicity.
QUALIFICATIONS
In-depth knowledge of Democracy Now!
Bilingual
English to Spanish translation and/or interpretation experience
Managerial experience
Publicity and/or marketing experience
Familiarity with Spanish language media networks
Extremely well organized
Flexible
This is a full-time New York City based position with benefits and salary based on experience. Democracy Now! is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to job@democracynow.org with “Spanish Manager” as the subject. No phone calls.