Rutgers has worked with young people on sexual and reproductive rights for more than 50 years. In 29 countries, we work on sexuality education and information, access to contraception and safe abortion and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. At Rutgers, we talk about sexuality openly, positively and practically. We want young people to be free to enjoy their sexuality and relationships while respecting the rights of others in a gender-inclusive society. Our mission is to connect, support and engage with young people and those around them to make this a reality. Our organisation consists of 130 passionate professionals in the Netherlands and Indonesia.
In many countries sexual and reproductive rights are under pressure from strong counter-movements that seek to undermine the progress that has been made. Social media plays an important role in this. We witness a lot of online fake news and campaigns against our work. In particular, when it comes to abortion and LGBTI+ rights audiences are purposefully misinformed and misled. To address and oppose this counter-movement, Rutgers wants to strengthen the ways it monitors and responds to opposition online.
For our international programs department, we are looking for an enthusiastic intern supporting us to deal with opposition against the sexual reproductive health and rights around the world.
What you will do
For this assignment your main task will be to pilot and explore different tools to monitor opposition online. The aim is to learn about the usability of such tools in responding timely and effectively to opposing content. We also want to learn how we can best share this information with our partners. In consultation with colleagues and one of our partners, you will pilot the tools around specific international Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SSRHR)-related events. You will capture your observations and findings in a brief report. The report should include learnings on how information retrieved through such tools can be beneficial to Rutgers and our partners. You will also come up with recommendations on the usefulness of each of the tools and identify opportunities to use them in our work.
There is plenty of opportunity to bring in your own qualities and interests into the assignment. You will get to know and work with colleagues from different departments and disciplines. You will also have the chance to liaise with one of our partners.
What we are looking for
We are looking for candidates who recognize themselves in the following criteria;
- You are a third or fourth-year HBO or WO student in a field of study relevant to this assignment (international relations, social sciences or other),
- You are in possession of a proof of residence for the Netherlands (visa, EU citizenship, etc.),
- You like to take initiative and can work well independently,
- You have a good command of the English language (both orally and in writing),
- You have digital skills and preferably experience with social media listening tools,
- You have experience with report writing,
- You are enthusiastic, non-judgmental and open-minded,
- Preferably you are available from the beginning of October onwards for a duration of about 4 months for around 16 hours a week
- You think promoting sexual health is as important as we do.
What we offer
The opportunity to make a practical contribution to improving SRHR in an international working environment. A chance to work with passionate and enthusiastic colleagues in a positive and professional atmosphere. Rutgers offers a flexible and interesting workplace close to Utrecht Central Station and with the possibility to work in the centre of Amsterdam. Working from home is also one of the possibilities. During your time with Rutgers you will be guided by one of our colleagues working on ‘dealing with opposition’. You will also receive an internship allowance of €357,-.
How you can apply
We want to create a more inclusive and diverse organization that values individual differences and ensures that everyone feels welcome and safe. Does that resonate with you? Then we invite you to apply no later than the 26th of September. The selection interviews will be tentatively scheduled on October 6 and 7. Please take these dates into account.
Responding to this vacancy can only be done via the link to the online application form in the relevant vacancy at www.rutgers.international/vacancies. For additional background information on Rutgers, please consult www.rutgers.nl and www.rutgers.international.
If you have any questions, please contact Rosalijn Both, PMEL & Research Adviser, via firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the vacancy number "2022-26".