Are you interested in working for human rights and social justice worldwide? San Francisco-based Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. We take a holistic approach to creating change, and as an education and action resource center, we advance our vision by working to ensure our members and constituents are empowered locally and connected globally to create a just and sustainable world.
Global Exchange’s success is largely due to the involvement of dedicated interns and staff. Since we are a grassroots organization, volunteers in our office are critical. Your help is needed!
Interns work directly with a Global Exchange staff person but are expected to be self-motivated, creative, and willing to make a set time commitment based on project needs. We request a minimum commitment of two months for the summer months and a one month commitment for other times of the year. Interns must be available a minimum of 15 hours/week during regular business hours, but a commitment of 20 hours/week is preferred. Interns are expected to assist with basic office work.
Please find a list of open intern positions below.
If you’d like to be part of our team, please complete this online application form. 
End the Drug War Caravan of the Americas Intern(s) - Immediately through June 2016
We are looking for interns to help prepare and organize the End the Drug War Caravan from Honduras to New York City for the United Nations special session on global drug policy in April 2016. A principal goal of the caravan is to make visible the ever growing wave of popular discontent with the drug war, while forging a coherent message about the alternatives, including a health, human rights and harm reduction model that puts legal, regulation and national autonomy on the table.
We seek an intern to support the project director’s work in our San Francisco office.
The position entails working in support of our organizing efforts aimed at aligning broad networks of Central American, Mexican, and U.S. peace, justice, religious, civic, public health, academic, and civic organizations that have come to understand that failed drug war policies are fomenting a vast, ongoing humanitarian crisis throughout the region.
• Strong research and organizing skills
• Good speaking and writing skills in English and Spanish.
• Working knowledge of current affairs in one or more of the target countries (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, or the United States).
Latin America Reality Tours Intern
Global Exchange Reality Tours has a vision that meaningful, socially responsible travel, can and does, change the world. By offering experiential educational tours, Reality Tours has connected people to issues, issues to movements, and movements to social change. The idea that travel can be educational and positively influence international affairs motivated the first Global Exchange Reality Tour in 1989. Reality Tours sends over 1,000 delegates each year to over 20 countries. Within a strong framework of socially responsible travel, our travel delegations inspire individuals to become advocates of social and environmental justice. We hope Reality Tours participants will recognize their own capacity and responsibility to impact US foreign policy and commit to social change.
We are looking for someone who can commit to 15-20 hours (or more) per week, for at least two months (with the possibility of staying longer).
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- Assist in the coordination of international travel delegations, with a particular focus on Latin America
- Update trip descriptions, country profiles and resource packets based on research and current events
- Support returned delegate engagement by researching and networking with social movements and campaigns that connect to the themes of current Reality Tours
- Help strategize and implement creative outreach, including identifying markets and opportunities with universities, schools, community groups etc.
- Perform administrative duties as needed, including documenting trip and participant information in computer database, checking flight information, responding to inquiries and emails, updating country orientation packets, etc
- Help create ideas for new trips and themes/topics
- Help create content for the blog and other social media platforms
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
• Interest in history and politics, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean
• Strong research and writing skills
• Dedicated interest in human rights, social justice and responsible travel
• Experience in and/or a desire to be involved in outreach/marketing
• Detail oriented; you have a burning desire to get all the small things correct
• Highly motivated, creative and organized
• Social media savvy – a pro at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
• Spanish skills a plus