Intern/Volunteer

Interested in taking your activism for freedom and human rights to the next level?
We’re all about that at SFT!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SFT is powered almost entirely by volunteers – both at the SFT international headquarters in New York and on the grassroots level. Volunteers are an essential part of the work that takes place at SFT’s headquarters in New York City and are vital to our strength as an organization and our effectiveness in fighting for Tibet’s independence.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this form.

SFT Volunteer Form

If you are not in New York but would like to volunteer with us, please email grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Take your activism for freedom and human rights to the next level as an Intern at Students for a Free Tibet. Interns are an essential part of the work that takes place at SFT’s international headquarters and are vital to our strength as an organization and our effectiveness in fighting for Tibet’s independence. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most effective grassroots organizations in the field of political activism.

See below for descriptions of the internship opportunities and qualification requirements. Internships are available every spring, summer, and fall. And don’t forget that you can always get involved through our volunteer network!

Events & Programs Internship

Students for a Free Tibet is seeking an intern to work closely with the Programs Director in organizing SFT’s major events and fundraisers. The Events & Programs intern will have the opportunity to contribute to many different projects, including Tibet Fest, Longsho Nite, Momo Crawl, and Art for Tibet.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in planning and carrying out of events
  • Research and coordination with event venue
  • Procure and organize supplies for event
  • Recruit and manage event day volunteer crew
  • Social media maintenance and event-related outreach
  • Assist with web content
  • Brainstorm new event and fundraising opportunities

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS

  • Strong interest and passion for human rights, activism, and grassroots organizing
  • Strong organizational, budget management, and project management skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast paced environment
  • Can pitch and execute creative new ideas
  • Flexibility to work evenings or weekends
  • Experience organizing in the New York area is highly recommended

COMMITMENT:
Applicants are expected to commit at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.

COMPENSATION:
This internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to help you receive class credit. This internship will provide you the opportunity for skill development and work experience in the nonprofit sector; references from senior staff upon successful completion of the internship; unique learning experience in one of the most effective grassroots organizations in the field of political activism.

To apply for the Events & Programs Internship position, please send your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for two references to grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org with “Events & Programs Internship” in the email subject line. Please do not send attachments – send with Google Drive or Dropbox, or put the text of your application in the body of your email. No phone calls, please.

Media & Communications Internship

Students for a Free Tibet is looking for a creative and proactive intern to support SFT’s communications and social media strategy and mobilize people to take action for Tibet.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Draft social media content
  • Draft statements, press releases, and other documents
  • Contribute to creative outreach, including videos, infographics, newsletter, etc.
  • Research social network trends and strategies
  • Assist with website upkeep

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:

  • Strong interest and passion for human rights, activism, and grassroots organizing
  • Strong verbal/written skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast paced environment
  • Can pitch and execute creative new ideas
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Experience with photoshop/illustrator is a plus

COMMITMENT:
Applicants are expected to commit at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.

COMPENSATION:
This internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to help you receive class credit. This internship will provide you the opportunity for skill development and work experience in the nonprofit sector; references from senior staff upon successful completion of the internship; unique learning experience in one of the most effective grassroots organizations in the field of political activism.

To apply for the Events & Programs Internship position, please send your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for two references to grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org with “Media & Communication Internship” in the email subject line. Please do not send attachments – send with Google Drive or Dropbox, or put the text of your application in the body of your email. No phone calls, please.

Campaigns Internship

Students for a Free Tibet is seeking a Campaigns Intern who is passionate about human rights advocacy. This intern will work closely with the Campaigns Director and will have the opportunity to learn about advocacy and lobbying, campaign strategy, and key issues in Tibet.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Monitor news on Tibet
  • Research opportunities for Tibet engagement at UN
  • Update campaign materials and resources
  • Manage campaign information on the website
  • Help launch SFT’s Summer Canvassing Program
  • Support urgent response actions

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Strong interest in and passion for human rights, activism, and grassroots organizing
  • Knowledge of Tibet is a huge plus
  • Research skills
  • Students working towards an undergraduate degree in such as Political Science, Government, or any relevant field are strongly encouraged to apply.

COMMITMENT:
Applicants are expected to commit at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.

COMPENSATION:
This internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to help you receive class credit. This internship will provide you the opportunity for skill development and work experience in the nonprofit sector; references from senior staff upon successful completion of the internship; unique learning experience in one of the most effective grassroots organizations in the field of political activism.

To apply for the Campaigns Internship position, please send your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for two references to grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org with “Campaigns Internship” in the email subject line. Please do not send attachments – send with Google Drive or Dropbox, or put the text of your application in the body of your email. No phone calls, please.

USA Grassroots Internship

Students for a Free Tibet is looking for an intern to play a key role in grassroots organizing. The USA Grassroots Intern will assist the Programs Director in overseeing our extensive network of student and community chapters across the US. This internship is an opportunity to learn about empowering activists, developing leaders, and mobilizing people around the country.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Organize community outreach events
  • Assist in the development of grassroots materials
  • Maintain accurate chapter records
  • Mail Chapter Kits and distribute information

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong interest in and passion for human rights, activism, and grassroots organizing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to pitch and execute new ideas
  • Experience with SFT chapters is a plus

COMMITMENT:

Applicants are expected to commit at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.

COMPENSATION:

This internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to help you receive class credit. This internship will provide you the opportunity for skill development and work experience in the nonprofit sector; references from senior staff upon successful completion of the internship; unique learning experience in one of the most effective grassroots organizations in the field of political activism.

To apply for the USA Grassroots Internship position, please send your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for two references to grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org with “USA Grassroots Internship” in the email subject line. Please do not send attachments – send with Google Drive or Dropbox, or put the text of your application in the body of your email. No phone calls, please.

Graphic Design Internship

Students for a Free Tibet is looking for an intern to help produce creative and dynamic image and video content across social media platforms and the SFT website. This is an opportunity to work closely with SFT staff members across departments to create compelling and impactful content.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design print and web designs for events, campaigns, and grassroots outreach
  • Manage basic upkeep of website

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

  • Strong interest in and passion for human rights, activism, and grassroots organizing
  • Highly proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Basic knowledge of HTML & CSS, and experience in web-design
  • Past experience with Adobe Premiere Pro and video editing is a plus
  • Attention to detail, and ability to multitask between multiple projects

COMPENSATION:

This internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with you to help you receive class credit. This internship will provide you the opportunity for skill development and work experience in the nonprofit sector; references from senior staff upon successful completion of the internship; unique learning experience in one of the most effective grassroots organizations in the field of political activism.

To apply for the Graphic Design Internship position, please send your resume, cover letter, portfolio of your work, and the names and contact information for two references to grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org with “Graphic Design Internship” in the email subject line. Please do not send attachments – send with Google Drive or Dropbox, or put the text of your application in the body of your email. No phone calls, please.

If you would like to apply for an internship, please send your resume, cover letter, and two references to grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org. Please note: SFT will not accept applications with attachments due to online security concerns. Send your resume and cover letter in the body of an email, or send files through Google Drive or Dropbox.

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