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IWGIA is looking for a Communications Intern

Are you motivated by driving social change through communication? Are you interested in human rights and want to work with Indigenous Peoples while developing your communication skills? Do you enjoy working independently within a small, dynamic team? Do you want to be part of producing the most comprehensive annual resource documenting the state of Indigenous Peoples and their rights around the world? 

If so, then perhaps you are IWGIA’s new Communications Intern.

IWGIA is looking for a dedicated and skilled intern to help update our website content, help drive our social media presence and assist with the production and promotion of our bilingual annual flagship publication: The Indigenous World 2021. IWGIA’s yearbook, published since 1986, is a global report on the situation of Indigenous Peoples and functions as a go-to reference for the work of UN-diplomats, academics, policy-makers, civil society organisations, and Indigenous Peoples themselves.

Tasks as Communications Intern

Your main tasks as our Communications Intern will be to:

● Create and update content for the website, including writing and researching your own articles 
● Craft effective social media messages across our platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
● Assist with the launch and promotion of The Indigenous World 2021

There will be other related communications ad-hoc tasks as needed.

You will be reporting to the Documentation & Communications Manager. 


You are ideal for the job if you:

● Have experience working with websites and CMS
● Have experience crafting messaging for social media channels for a variety of audiences
● Work in a structured manner and always deliver high-quality outputs
● Are able to work and communicate effectively and respectfully in a multi-cultural environment
● Are passionate about promoting human rights and want to work in the development sector
● Are proactive and like to work independently, but also have the drive to be part of a small, dynamic team
● Are interested in learning more about Indigenous Peoples’ rights
● Are based in or can commute daily to Copenhagen
● Are fluent in English and Danish
● Are studying a relevant field, preferably Communication, Journalism, Anthropology, Political Science, Spanish or English

It is an advantage if you:

• Are fluent in Spanish
• Have experience with digital storytelling and data analysis


As a learning organisation we value knowledge sharing, innovation and creativity. Therefore, we appreciate any feedback and ideas. Additionally, we offer:

● The opportunity to contribute to a global project 
● The chance to implement and develop your own ideas
● A broad international network of committed colleagues and employees
● A thorough knowledge of working with Indigenous Peoples’ rights and related issues within climate change, international processes and land rights
● An open, dynamic and professional work environment with recognition, respect, dialogue and constructive feedback
● Flexible work hours with time needed for university assignments

For IWGIA, it is important that our interns learn as much as possible. Therefore, you will have independent responsibilities with relevant support from other team members.

Application Details

The internship runs January-May (specific start and end dates tbd with the candidate). The internship is full-time (37 hours per week). IWGIA can give proof of your work if the internship is a part of your studies. The internship is unpaid. The candidate must be based in Copenhagen and have the right to stay and work in Denmark.

Internship duration: January 2020 to June 2020 (exact dates tbd with candidate)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until 1 December 2020

Please send a short motivation letter in English, your CV in English and examples of previous editorial/writing/design work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please write “Communications Intern” in the subject line of your mail. Interviews will take place on a regular basis until a suitable candidate is found. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the internship, please contact the Documentation & Communications Manager Dwayne Mamo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More about The Indigenous World

Our annual global report, The Indigenous World, documents the state of Indigenous Peoples' rights in countries on all continents with detailed country reports authored by experts, Indigenous activists and scholars. The Indigenous World is an advocacy tool used and praised by human rights defenders, academics and indigenous organisations. All content is user-generated by voluntary contributors from around the world. The Indigenous World 2021 will be the 35th annual edition of this important resource.

Find out more here >> 


IWGIA is an international human rights organisation promoting, protecting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights. We document Indigenous Peoples’ situations, the violations of their rights and analyse trends; we empower Indigenous Peoples through organisational support and projects on the ground and by supporting human rights institutions to advance Indigenous Peoples’ rights; and we conduct advocacy with and in support of Indigenous Peoples towards key duty bearers at international, regional and national levels.

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IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

Contact IWGIA

Prinsessegade 29 B, 3rd floor
DK 1422 Copenhagen
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
CVR: 81294410

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