Internships with HAI

Heartland Alliance International (HAI) offers volunteer opportunities and unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the year. Internships are offered at the Heartland Alliance main office in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago. These internships offer students meaningful opportunities for professional growth and mentorship while learning about HAI’s programming on a range of global human rights issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. When applicable, we can offer school credit for these opportunities.

In general, an internship may include the following activities:

  • Administrative support to programs that provide mental health and psychosocial support to victims of violence, access to justice to marginalized communities, stigma-free health care to key populations, and address other human rights issues;
  • Managing HAI’s social properties, including developing and updating a social media editorial calendar that highlights HAI initiatives, acknowledges awareness days, and promotes HAI events;
  • Assisting in the preparation of proposals and related supporting documents for submission to US Government agencies, UN agencies, foundations, and other bilateral and multilateral donors
  • Conducting research and developing blog posts, eNewsletter content, fact sheets, and other print and digital materials highlighting human rights issues and HAI’s programs and impact;
  • Supporting HAI events, including panel discussions and presentations;
  • Performing administrative tasks as identified by HAI staff.

HAI accepts applications for internships on a rolling basis. Currently, the following teams are looking for interns for summer 2018, however other positions may also be available.

  • Middle East and North Africa Region seeks an intern to conduct research and help support the development and maintenance of a website about a regional juvenile justice initiative in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
  • Operations seeks an intern to help with event planning for an upcoming symposium on torture treatment in mid-October, supporting the logistics necessary for an event hosting up to 150 people.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be detail-oriented;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently;
  • Excellent research, oral, and written communications skills in English;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel;
  • Must be comfortable working with issues surrounding sexuality;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish, Arabic, or French language skills;
  • Experience working with people from backgrounds differing from your own;
  • An interest in mental health, access to justice, gender parity, HIV/AIDS, or other international human rights issues

To apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and completed application form to Johanna Sharrard (contact information below).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, although we do encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Applicants interested in more than one program or team may specify the areas of interest in a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

Send applications and questions to:

Johanna Sharrard
Heartland Alliance International
208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60604