Title: Intern – International Humanitarian Law
Employee Working Location: Remote /Virtual (Ottawa)
Employment Status : Summer / Co-op / Intern
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) – one of the most inspirational not-for-profit organizations on this planet and an awardee on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers 2022 – is seeking an Intern – International Humanitarian Law to join our Global Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy (GRHD) Team at the National Office in Ottawa team.
We are guided by our Fundamental Principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. We help people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience.
Starting with the hiring process, we are committed to having an accessible, diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free work environment where everyone can reach their full potential. We encourage all qualified persons who share our values and want to contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace to apply.
The incumbent will work in professional projects, assignments and activities during their tenure with assigned staff. There is currently one internship position available for the summer term (January 10- April 30, 2023).
In this role, you will:
- Conducting research and preparing written briefs on humanitarian issues and trends.
- Supporting the Unit and the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Network with event preparation and with the development of educational or communication materials.
- Providing extra note-taking and administrative capacity.
- Fulfilling other tasks based on the needs of the team.
What we are looking for:
- Successful candidates will have a strong record of academic achievement, a sense of professionalism, as well as a demonstrated commitment to humanitarianism.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary academic program in which the internship experience will be credited.
- Preference will be given to law students, however, candidates in other related areas may also apply (i.e., policy, international affairs, conflict studies, etc.).
- Strong research and written communication skills in English (French is an asset).
- Ability to work collaboratively within a team but also independently on projects.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Applications are evaluated based on their academic background and work/volunteer experience. The GRHD Team will select applicants who best suit the project goals for the internship assignment period.
- Duties will be performed remotely with a work schedule mutually decided by the candidate and CRC. This arrangement may be renegotiated.
- You must commit to a minimum of 21 hours of work per week. Where possible, attempts will be made to align the nature of the internship with the background, studies and interests of the successful candidate. Like all members of the GR&HD Team, applicants must be prepared to take on their fair share of administrative tasks
- limited unpaid credited internship positions for students currently enrolled in a university program to gain experience in a professional office environment.
- Applicants must be enroled in a course for which the internship experience will be credited.
- Please attach all of the following documents to your resume in one single Microsoft Word or pdf document: i) resume/CV; ii) a one-page cover letter stating why you are interested in the position; iii) a minimum of three references and iv) a 1-3-page writing sample. References may be submitted in the form of reference letters or contact details for references. Candidates should ideally submit a mix of both academic and professional references.
- Eligibility to work in Canada: At this time, we welcome applications from candidates eligible to work in Canada. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, we encourage you to carefully review your visa to find out whether you are eligible to work in the job you are considering applying for. Refer to our FAQ for more information.
- If you are selected for this role, you will be required to complete a successful pre-employment screening process which includes a satisfactory Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC).
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for this position and operation (the CRC will however adhere to its duty to accommodate those who are unable to be fully vaccinated for a reason related to a human right protected ground).
- Relocation funding is not available for this position.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible – those who apply after the selection process has started may be held for a second review if needed OR reviewed for alternative roles. We appreciate the time and effort it takes to apply and thank you in advance.
If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please notify us as soon as possible. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.