IRIN 2017 Summer Internship


Start date: 3 July
Location: Flexible - remote work
Contract length: 3 months
Status: Full-time
Compensation: 500 USD/month
Deadline for application: 18 June 2017


IRIN is the world’s leading source of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises. Our journalists report from 70 crisis zones around the world about everything from conflict to natural disasters, from migration to pandemics to amplify the voices of those most affected and encourage better responses by the international community. 
 
After 20 years as part of the United Nations, we recently spun off to become an independent media non-profit, headquartered in Geneva. Our journalism has prompted public petitions, donations and charity telethons, new aid programmes, debates in local parliament and changes in UN policy. You can find out more about us here.
 
IRIN is looking for a three-month summer intern who is smart, hard-working, passionate about journalism and humanitarian issues, and wants to be involved in something meaningful.

Depending on skills, the role may include:

  • Managing social media feeds
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Making tailored promotional material (GIFs, quote cards, myth busters)
  • Layout and visual presentation
  • Editing content for different platforms (Storify, Medium)
  • Data visualisation (word clouds, charts, interactive maps)
  • Freedom of information requests
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Media monitoring and pitching ideas at the daily editorial meeting
  • Writing original copy (strong writers will be given at least one byline)
  • Conducting interviews
  • Reporting on events/conferences

 
Applicants with investigative, data journalism and/or HTML/JavaScript skills will be favourably considered, as will applicants with additional languages.

Additional internship details: 

We are looking for a smart, hard-working individual who can become a core part of a small, effective virtual team based around the world. This is a chance to get plenty of hands on experience and to work with very experienced journalists covering one of the most serious beats: life and death. Interns are considered an important part of IRIN’s operations and are given significant opportunities to grow (IRIN’s current Director is a former IRIN intern!). 
 
Published work produced by IRIN interns includes:

 
Because of IRIN’s de-centralized nature, interns will work remotely, connecting with the team on a near-hourly basis through Skype and our virtual newsroom on the messaging platform Slack. We are looking for a commitment of three months over the summer (July to September). IRIN offers its interns a monthly stipend of 500 US Dollars. 

How to apply

Please send your CV, cover letter and samples of relevant work to [email protected] with the subject "2017 summer internship", by 11:59 GMT on 18 June 2017. 

Note: Switzerland-based applicants must be students or recent graduates.