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As the University of Dayton continues to be at the center or a global, dynamic research and advocacy community, the UD Human Rights Center (HRC) has set in motion programs and projects with diverse partners to deepen our vital commitment to advancing human rights. 

OpenGlobalRights (OGR) is an initiative that supports rights-based NGOs, donors and scholars to develop publicly supported, effective strategies through critical exchanges. OGR is a multilingual online forum on which human rights scholars and advocates publish short op-Ed style articles by human rights practitioners and experts worldwide, with special emphasis on contributors from the Global South. Since its launch in June 2013 as a section of the openDemocracy, OGR has published over 1700 articles and translations in 29 languages. These have been authored by over 700 authors from more than 60 countries and read by millions of readers worldwide. OGR receives 15-20 thousand reader visits each month and periodically launches new series topics, often in partnership with leading human rights activists and organizations.

In 2017 and 2019, HRC teamed up with OpenGlobalRights (OGR) to promote the center’s biannual conference The Social Practice of Human Rights (SPHR)”. In 2021, HRC will be hosting the next Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, Between Peril & Potential: Human Rights Advocacy in the Wake of a Global Pandemic. 

The UD Human Rights Center is seeking a student intern to support this partnership. 


The support of the part-time undergrad student will be integral to the success of HRC and OGR’s partnership over the coming year. The student intern will be housed at the HRC (on-campus, Keller Hall) and will work remotely with OGR under the supervision of HRC staff. The student intern will be involved in:

-          Strengthening partnership efforts between the HRC and OGR around SPHR and other opportunities

-          Supporting the OGR team in exploring and developing new educational mediums and platforms for OGR content

- Promoting OGR readership and engagement across its social media channels 

- Supporting  the OGR team with gathering qualitative and quantitative feedback data on its progress from its readers, advisors, and supporters;

-          Periodically tracking OGR readership and social media engagement data for reporting and marketing purposes;

-          Preparing various types of marketing materials to promote OGR’s work, partnerships and publications; 

-          Supporting management of OGR’s social media platforms;

-  Promoting HRC and OGR’s partnership around the SPHR conference to facilitate audience growth and engagement through HRC platforms and OGR’s multilingual social media channels on Facebook and Twitter

-          Other administrative tasks as they arise; and

-          Other tasks as assigned by UD HRC.

Required qualifications:

-          Highly proficient in MS word and Excel.

-          Strong English language editing and drafting skills

-          Proficient in working on social media (especially Facebook and Twitter);

-          Highly organized and detail oriented;

-          Be able to work both independently and as a strong team player; and

-          Able to work flexible hours.

  • Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, issues concerning human rights globally and on the UD campus

Preferred qualifications:

-          Interested in and/or has background in global affairs and/or human rights

-          Intermediate or Advance knowledge of Spanish, French, and/or Arabic

-          Experience with web-content management and design (e.g. on websites, blogs, etc.)

-          Experience working on a team remotely.


Work Hours: Working hours are flexible, with some regular time during weekly business hours. We expect weekly hours to be approximately 10-15 hrs/week.

Length of Position: 2021-2022 Academic Year with possibility for renewal by semester.

Proposed Start Date: August 2021

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About the Job

The UD Human Rights Center (HRC) seeks a student leader eager for an opportunity to gain vocational experience and learning in the areas of human rights and sustainable development research, education, communications, marketing, design and administrative management. The student intern will contribute to and lead on design, marketing and communications tasks, student engagement projects and programs of the Center. The intern will also provide assistance to the communications coordinator, and at times, the senior administrative assistant and faculty/staff in the office.

Undergraduate students from any major on campus with the relevant qualifications are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to design, communications or marketing students.

Primary Areas of Responsibility

Assist with social media content creation, organization, posting, engagement and overall strategy implementation

Develop student engagement projects related to human rights education, research and advocacy on campus and in the community

Aid and collaborate with MarComm team on the blog: pitching ideas, organizing content, creating outlines, and editing

Assist with website updates, which includes: learning browser-based content management system, minor editing of current project & initiative webpages, and creation of new webpages

Support on other communications tasks as needed such as: email newsletters, video creation and campus outreach

Prepare surveys, data coding, internet research, library research, editing and formatting, production of presentations

Complete various tasks such as: answering telephones, scanning, filing correspondence, running errands on campus, stuffing envelopes and making copies, greeting office guests, answering questions and directing to the proper individual(s)

Help plan and prepare for upcoming events including the 2021 Social Practice of Human Rights, which would include taking posters to offices on campus, greeting and driving special guests, preparing name tags, and set up

Attend weekly HRC meetings and undertake other administrative duties or special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications/Skills

  • Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, issues concerning human rights globally and on the UD campus
  • Basic graphic design skills with the willingness to learn 
  • Desire and enthusiasm to learn and gain vocational experience as part of the HRC team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to multitask well with an attention to detail
  • Familiar with MS Office and Google Suite (word processing, spreadsheet, calendar,...)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in generating visual presentations, designing promotional and educational material in both print and electronic form
  • Experience using multiple social media platforms with an enthusiasm to learn and incorporate new social media marketing strategies
  • Experience in editing and proofreading with a focus on web and social content
  • Basic familiarity with research software such as Excel, SPSS, ArcGIS

Position Information

Work Hours: Working hours are flexible, with working time during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) We expect weekly hours to be up to 20 hrs/ week.

Length of Position: Fall semester 2021 with possibility for renewal by semester.



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Position Summary 

The Human Rights Center (HRC) creates positive change through education, dialogue and research for and about advocacy. As part of a University for the common good, we are committed to bridging the gap between theory and practice in order to advance human rights and sustainable development locally, nationally and around the world.

Projects supported by the Human Rights Center integrate interdisciplinary academic and experiential learning with human rights and rights-based research and advocacy outcomes. These multifaceted projects are undertaken with partner organizations to enable students to gain and apply learning to human rights and development practice at home and abroad. The Center creates an enabling environment for faculty, students and partners to engage in transdisciplinary research for and about human rights advocacy and education. A range of targeted fellowships, scholarships and affiliations provide opportunities for deepening applied knowledge, experience and evidence in the field of human rights and rights-based development across the University. Key initiatives of the Center aim to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between scholars and practitioners. By drawing scholars, practitioners, and top notch organizations to the University, the Center catalyzes critical reflection and innovation in the field of human rights, and celebrates institutions and individuals who have significantly contributed to combating injustice.

The position would support all facets of HRC partnerships, outreach and engagement, reporting to the Executive Director and working collaboratively with faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students of the Center. It is considered a core staff member of the HRC and will be expected to contribute their creativity and knowledge in support of HRC programs and activities. The position contributes to the strategic direction of the HRC, maintaining its core partnerships and supports the Executive Director in all outreach and communications to donors, stakeholders, students, partners and the Executive Advisory Committee. This position may require working unconventional hours during HRC events or activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, English, art and design, history, sociology/anthropology, political science, human rights, international studies or related field.
Two years of experience in non-governmental or related sector including with writing, editing or producing a variety of communication and advocacy pieces or Masters degree in relevant field.
Knowledge of or affinity with human rights or social justice issues.
Proven excellent written communication skills, including accuracy and sensitivity to audience.
Capacity to oversee others’ work and collaborate with others.
Experience developing and maintaining an online presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and Youtube) using management tools and platforms.
Knowledge of monitoring, assessment or evaluation tools or techniques including web analytics.
Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, Adobe Acrobat, or similar programs.
Experience or familiarity with graphic design software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, or similar programs including newsletter management platforms (Mailchimp, Cerkl, etc.)
Familiarity with events organization and management.
Familiarity with donor engagement, fundraising or community outreach and organization.

Preferred Qualifications 

Demonstrated proficiency in the use of content management systems.
Demonstrated successful experience collaborating with others to develop communication or advocacy materials or projects.
Demonstrated successful experience creating audio-visual content across multiple platforms.
Demonstrated successful experience initiating and seeing projects to completion.
Proven ability to develop and implement workplans spanning multiple priorities.
Demonstrated ability to create novel, creative or innovative communications or advocacy products.
Experience developing, promoting and focusing brand identity.
Experience working in an academic institution or NGOs/think-tank environment.
Experience in professional writing and editing.
Respect for diversity and stated commitment to contributing to an environment of inclusion and equity.
Expressed willingness to engage with Catholic and Marianist educational values.

Closing Statement

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Job No: 498720
Work Type: Staff Full Time (1500 hours or greater)
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: University Staff
Department: Human Rights Center - 208710
Pay Grade: A - Exempt
Applications close: 

Apply by June 7th

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