INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Research Intern, Disability Rights Fund

Posted on 27 November 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Human Rights, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities |

Research Intern

Description: Building on the momentum of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Fund is a grantmaking collaborative designed to address the human rights of persons with physical, sensory, psycho-social and intellectual disabilities. The Fund is a unique partnership between disparate groups of funders and the disability community to enlarge the resources available for realization of rights in the Global South and in Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union at country level.

During its launch phase, the Fund seeks an intern to help conduct research and analysis of the disability legal, policy and social environments in countries around the world in the context of the new disability rights treaty. The intern will work remotely under the supervision of a disability rights expert working with the Fund. It is expected that the project will take 2-3 months and the ideal candidate will be able to commit 10 hours a week to this project. This position is unpaid.

The project will be broken into two stages:

  1. Development of human rights and other criteria to identify countries with “political will” and civil society capacity to implement the new Convention. Such criteria might include existence of disability-specific legislation, ratification of the Convention, inclusion of a disability focus in national human rights institutions, strength of the disabled persons organizations (DPOs) in that country, and evidence of a working relationship between DPOs and government; and
  2. In-depth analysis of about 15 countries (such as Bangladesh, Kenya, Lebanon and Mexico) to provide a snapshot of the disability legal, policy and social environments. The analysis will synthesize the criteria identified above and how they relate to each country.


  • A demonstrated interest in disability rights and international human rights law.
  • Graduate student working towards a degree in law, international relations, international development, disability studies, or related field
  • Outstanding research, including internet-based, and writing skills and the ability to synthesize large amounts of information. (Assumed fluency in English.)
  • General knowledge of disability rights issues and the UN human rights apparatus.
  • Ability to work independently under the guidance of remote staff.
  • Previous NGO experience (experience abroad is a plus).
  • Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: We seek to hire this intern as soon as possible, so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to:

Diana Samarasan
Fund for Global Human Rights—Disability Rights Initiative
55 Court Street, Ste. 520
Boston, MA 02108
fax: 617.426.2849

Thanks to Diana Samarasan for submitting this internship announcement to We Can Do.

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who makes a reseach with out a credit,mind u i wrote this because i was surprised to ;do me a research,i won’t give u a credit,spare 10 hrs of your time…..


Interns are usually recruited from among students. Students are usually able to earn academic credit for their academic programs for internship placements that are appropriate to their academic majors. Students are often eager to take on internship placements with the right organizations (yes, including unpaid internships) because they are then able to gain work experience in their chosen field, which helps boost their resume (c.v.) when they are ready to start applying for jobs. Doing internships can also be a valuable way of making contacts in the new field. Most student internships are unpaid.

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