The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is offering different internships at the Headquarter and at its Regional Offices to promote human dignity. Choose the best for you!
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Organization: The World Youth Alliance (WYA) began in 1999 when 21-year-old Anna Halpine stood up for human dignity during a conference at the United Nations. Since then, WYA has grown to include tens of thousands of members around the world with six regional offices, all dedicated to the defense of the dignity of the person through education, culture, and advocacy. While observing the 1999 Conference on Population and Development, Anna Halpine witnessed a group of thirty two young people make a statement. Claiming to represent all three billion of the world’s youth, they demanded that the following policies be put into place: abortion as a human right, sexual rights for children and the deletion of parental rights.
The group of young people characterized these as necessary for development, but ignored basic needs such as clean water, education, and employment. This spurred Anna to action. The next morning, she returned to the Commission with a few others and distributed bright pink flyers offering a more holistic view of the human person and human needs.With human dignity as her focus, Anna called on delegates to discuss topics addressing basic human needs and rights. Her statement was so well-received by delegations that she was asked to maintain a permanent presence at the United Nations and work with youth from developing countries. Today, WYA works at international institutions such as the United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of American States, as well as with young people from around the world to build a culture that supports and nurtures the dignity of each human person. The organization brings young people to international conferences and into dialogue with ambassadors, diplomats, and political leaders, focusing on international policy and human rights, economic development, social development, global health and education.
Duty Station: Multiple
Open To: Candidates who meet the requirements
Timeframe: It depends on the internship. See the schedule.
Deadline: The deadlines depend on the type of internship.
For further information see the schedule.
Job description: The World Youth Alliance Internship Program provides opportunities for young people who are inspired by the ideas and work of the Organization to gain professional skills working on projects and a substantive learning experience on WYA’s core ideas. Projects are designed to enhance each student’s specific academic background and interests. Interns receive mentorship and training from WYA staff members. The organization offers different types of internships:
- Regional Internship available in all of the organization regional offices including Nairobi, Manila,Brussels, Mexico City, Beirut and New York.
- Headquarters Internships for young people of varied educational and expertise backgrounds. There are different type of Headquarters Internship, such as:
- WYA Global Internship that lasts for three months and gives young people an opportunity to gain first-hand training and experience in managing WYA’ global projects and leading membership campaigns. Interns work directly with the WYA president. Interns will have the chance to be mentored in planning and executing WYA’s annual global projects such as the International Solidarity Forum, Manhattan International Film Festival, WYA Birthday Ball and International Summer Camp. WYA Headquarters interns may also lead fundraising projects and social media campaigns.
- WYA Marketing Internship is a 3-month program. Marketing interns support WYA’s Director of Communication. The WYA Marketing Internship will include projects from WYA’s 6 regional offices. A marketing intern’s’ responsibilities may include social media management, design and layout of WYA publicity materials, video production, photo documentation and marketing campaign development.
- WYA Advocacy Fellowship is related to international advocacy efforts. Depending on current needs and the interns’ skills, work may involve: representing WYA at the UN; communicating WYA’s work, viewpoint, and mission to our members and/or to possible allies who are delegates or members of civil society; research and writing; and developing advocacy materials.
- FEMM Internship related to FEMM Foundation, WYA’s sister organization is looking for leaders with a strong desire to promote authentic women’s health and empowerment through the provision of the FEMM program. FEMM Interns support the development, execution and expansion of FEMM programs, particularly FEMM Teacher Training (TT). Tasks may include Teacher Training education support, presentations on FEMM, research, materials development, website maintenance, promotion/marketing/social media and database tasks.
- Strong desire to protect and promote human dignity while making a positive impact on societies
- Be proactive, self-driven, resourceful, detail-oriented, and humble individuals with a willingness to learn
- For the Global Internship:
- Experience and strong interest to be involved in project management and public relations
- For The Marketing Internship :
- Undergraduate students or young professionals majoring in Marketing, Design, Fine Arts or Advertising
- For the Advocacy internship must have:
- Education and/or experience in international relations and law/policy
- Command of core principles of international law
- Good analytical abilities
- Excellent oral and written English
- A degree in law is an advantage
- An advanced degree in international relations is an advantage
- Spanish/French language skills are an asset
- For the FEMM Internship:
- Leadership abilities
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
- Familiarity with social media platforms
- A passion for sharing FEMM with others
Wage/Fees: Not specified
- For the Regional Internship, send via email to the region chosen (see useful links), the completed regional application form, Resumé or Curriculum Vitae, Two letters of recommendation and only if you are a new member, your signed copy of the WYA charter
World Youth Alliance Headquarters
228 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
Phone: +1212 585 0757
Fax: +1 917 463 1040
edited by Martina Di Giovanni
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