Pasantía/Internship

OBMICA/Dominican@s x Derecho

Communications Intern

Fall 2014

OBMICA is a think tank focusing on migration flows affecting the Dominican Republic (DR), launched as the Observatory Caribbean Migrants in 2009 in Santo Domingo. It functions with a structure of five salaried personnel as well as an annual average of 10 – 12 research associates and interns based locally and internationally. OBMICA has maintained its position as a respected source of information and has made contributions towards improved public policies and their application in the Dominican Republic through dialogue with a wide array of stakeholders including church organizations, migrant organizations, social media, trade unions, academic institutes, international organizations (the European Union, the UN system, the OAS, and the international financial institutions), NGOs and diplomatic missions in the DR and, perhaps most significantly, through the empowerment of civil society organizations. Lobbying is carried out with Dominican politicians and government ministries on the basis of a spectrum of activities spanning research, the compilation of data, the organization of and participation in seminars, workshops, and conferences and the publications of the results of these.

Dominican@s por Derecho (Dominicans for Rights, a.k.a DxD) is a platform supported by OBMICA and collaborating with a number of different NGOs, think tanks, social movements and individuals who defend the rights of Dominicans of foreign ancestry impacted by the ruling 168-13 dictated by the Constitutional Tribunal (TC) of the Dominican Republic. For more information, our website: https://dominicanosxderecho.wordpress.com/

OBMICA is currently seeking applicants for the Fall 2014 Communications Internship. Please note that all interns are unpaid. The duration of the internship is flexible, but we expect at least 8-10 weeks of availability.

Responsibilities

–       Work closely with the Communications officer at OBMICA.

–       Work and regularly connect with the organizations who are part of DxD.

–       Update and maintain the DxD’s social media platforms and website, particularly the English content.

–       Support the organization and diffusion of DxD events and projects, including but not limited to making documentaries, campaigns, tours, and large-scale events.

–       Possibility of participating in other areas of OBMICA, such as research, publications, writing, grant writing, translation, watchdog campaigns, etc.

–       Possibility of creating personal projects and campaigns related to the subject of migration.

Qualifications

–       Demonstrated interest in at least some of the following areas: migration, human rights, international and/or local law, development, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Caribbean, Latin America.

–       Excellent written and oral communication skills both in English and Spanish required. Knowledge of other languages (French, Creole, etc.) highly appreciated.

–       Experience working with social media/journalism/communications preferred. Graphic and web-design experience appreciated.

–       Independent, able to take initiative, detail-oriented, and the ability to efficiently multitask with minimal supervision.

Current undergraduate and graduate students in a relevant field (i.e. communications, journalism, international relations, Latin American studies, etc.) as well as recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Application

Applicants need to submit a cover letter and a resume in English and/or Spanish indicating your availability (approximate total working hours per week and approximate start/end date) toinfo@obmica.org AND dominicanosxderecho@gmail.com.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but the final deadline is July 30, 2014. Applying earlier is highly encouraged as the position may fill up quickly. Please include “Fall 2014 Communications Internship – Full Name” in the subject line of your email.

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