SOS Children's Villages - USA, Inc.
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  • New York, NY, USA
  • 15.00-15.00 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Internship

Advocacy Intern (25 to 30 hours a week)

International Office, Liaison, Advocacy, and Strategic Partnerships

Location: New York, U.S.A

SOS Children's Villages International is one of the largest development and child rights INGOs working in 135 countries with communities, governments and other partners to provide family strengthening programmes and quality alternative care for children in need. We advocate for every child's right to quality care and protection, as well as the right of children and young people to speak up and participate in decisions affecting them. For more info on SOS Children's Villages International please visit:

The intern will join a global team of advocacy experts with offices in New York, Vienna, Brussels and Geneva. Under the supervision of the Advocacy Advisor in New York, the intern will assist with internal and external communications, tracking outcomes on children's rights from various UN processes; conducting research on child rights, SDGs and other development related topics; and support with logistics, event preparations, and outreach activities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support the development of content for internal and external communication:
  • Write blogs and news posts for the Advocacy hub of our internal collaboration platform about the advocacy and stakeholder engagement of the NY office.
  • Develop summary reports of UN events.
  • Gather and organize information from colleagues across the world on UN engagement.
  • Support social media content for key events.
  • Provide support for the organization of webinars, meetings, and other events.
  • Assist with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Assist in organizing events, including the development of event materials, maintaining RSVP lists, responding to information inquiries.
  • Support logistical arrangements for speakers, participants, and others.
  • Create templates for fliers, info graphics, save-the-dates and other promotional materials.
  • Support with youth engagement and participation activities.
  • Upload engagement opportunities to our Youth Speaks platform and track request for participation form young people around the world.
  • Coordinate with the Youth Speaks team and share feedback and user experience on the platform.


  • Must be pursuing or have completed Undergraduate degree in International Relations, International Development, Social Sciences, Political Science, Public Administration, Human Rights or related field.
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills with the ability to synthesize detailed and technical information.
  • Good communications skills, including social media savviness.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of French, Spanish or other UN official language is a plus.
  • Must possess a strong connection with the cause of child rights and inclusion of the most vulnerable populations.
  • Possess an understanding and some experience with the UN system is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and with young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), email and calendar applications.
  • Must legally be able to work in the USA. SOS Children's Villages International cannot sponsor a visa or working permit for this position.

Start date and location:

  • The position is expected to start as soon as possible and no later than May 30, 2023, for a duration of minimum 4 and maximum 6 months, working 30 hours a week (negotiable but minimum 25 hours a week). This is an on-site position at SOS Children's Villages International office in New York, USA. While presence in the office will be required some days, flexibility is offered to work remotely at given times.

Benefits and wages:

  • Paid internship
  • Certain flexibility in schedules and working times.
  • Insight into the functioning of an international NGO in the field of child rights and development.
  • Knowledge and practical learnings on advocacy and representation at the UN.
  • Interaction with a great network of professionals working on development issues at the United Nations.

SOS Children's Villages International is an equal opportunity employer, drug-free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable. All applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, physical/mental disability, medical condition, military/veteran status, genetic information, marital status, ethnicity, alienage or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. By completing this application, you are seeking to join a team of hardworking professionals dedicated to consistently delivering outstanding service to our customers and contributing to the financial success of the organization, its clients, and its employees. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all qualified persons. Those applicants requiring accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should contact a management representative.

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