The Social Science Research Council seeks an Intern for two programs devoted to building research capacity in Africa, the Africa Peacebuilding Network and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable communications, research, and administrative experience.

Description

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. For more information, please visit our website: www.ssrc.org.

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program (Next Gen) are funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and support independent research by African scholars and practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding, security, development, and related areas through fellowships, grants, publications, and public engagement. The APN focuses on conflict-affected countries and neighboring regions of the continent and the integration of African peacebuilding knowledge into global policy communities. The APN facilitates research projects and networking activities involving African academics, policy analysts, and practitioners working on peacebuilding issues by offering competitive research grants and other forms of targeted support. The Next Gen program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development of early-career faculty in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The program assists fellows in developing research opportunities and skills, obtaining doctoral degrees, and participating in robust research communities.

The Intern will contribute to program activities—which include research, networking, and communication with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers largely based in Africa—while gaining valuable research, communications, and administrative experience. This internship will be approximately four days per week for three months. A stipend will be provided.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or humanities or current enrollment in a degree program; an interest in international relations, peace studies, or other related fields is ideal.
  • Experience with communications and publicity efforts, including through social networking services.
  • Proficiency with web publishing platforms and internet resources; familiarity with HTML a plus.
  • Interest in and knowledge of Africa and/or peace, security, and post-conflict development issues.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation, adaptability, and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in MS Office; familiarity with database and web management software is desirable.

 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with program staff on communications strategy and publicity efforts.
  • Manage social networking and email campaigns to promote noteworthy project developments.
  • Help to expand and organize our network of contacts in academia, the media, and the public at large.
  • Contribute to research, copyediting, and editing according to standards of the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Assist in proposal and report writing and editing.
  • Assist in the planning of workshops, meetings, and outreach activities.
  • Other duties and additional responsibilities and projects as directed, depending upon interest and capacity. 

                                                                                            

The Social Science Research Council is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are dedicated to equal employment opportunity and to cultivating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce.  SSRC maintains a policy of non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment.  All aspects of employment with the Council are made on the basis of competence, skill and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, creed, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin/ancestry, ethnicity, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital or domestic partner status, medical conditions (including pregnancy and/or genetic information) or physical or mental disability, citizenship status or any other categories prohibited by law.

 

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