Civic Space Intern

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship
  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

Civic Space Intern. Barcelona. Posting Date: 11/07/2019. Deadline: 11/28/2019

Are you thinking about a career where you can help make change in the world? We are seeking an intern based in Barcelona to support The Open Society Initiative for Europe and their work on civic space in Europe. The internship will commence on January 1, 2020 and end on June 30, 2020.

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Open Society Initiative for Europe Program (OSIFE) ( https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/who-we-are/programs/open-society-initiative-for-europe ) is focused on promoting active participation in democracy and uphold open society values-particularly in places where civil and political rights are at risk. The intern will play an important support role to OSIFE's Working Group on Civic Space as well as learn about and contribute to the implementation of the recently approved reserve fund Expanding Civic Space in Ireland and Germany.

As an intern at Open Society, you will:

  • Partake in desk research and writing assignments to support grant making initiatives under the supervision of program staff;
  • Analyzing grant concepts and proposals, drafting summaries, extracting key points, and contributing to team discussions;
  • Help coordinate and communicate with OSIFE colleagues on issues related to civic space and help keep track of the different issues that are linked to the topic across different portfolios and divisions.


What we are looking for:

  • Someone who is highly motivated, curious, resourceful, eager to learn
  • Someone who has demonstrated excellence in prior academic and professional endeavors;
  • Someone who has demonstrated ability to conduct qualitative desk research, write effectively, and analyze/synthesize complex information under deadlines;
  • Someone who has strong communication and interpersonal skills, working well with others but also able to work on tasks independently; and has excellent attention to detail and ability to learn quickly; a knowledge of German is considered a plus.


What we offer our interns:

  • Insight into the grant making strategies for civic space in Ireland and Germany and a deeper understanding of the phenomena of shrinking/narrowing space in Europe
  • Opportunity to create an online repository of good practices on expanding civic space orresisting the attempts of further limiting spaces for civil society in relevant geographies across Europe
  • An introduction to grant making as a tool at OSF and will learn the role of philanthropy in advancing social change.
  • We aim to provide the intern with access to Foundation Connect- a tool that will help them document and create a tracking system of the ongoing work of OSIFE in relation to civic space across the different portfolios as well as repository of good practices
  • A multicultural setting and exposed to diverse points of view and experience how active listening and peer learning help create a productive organizational culture.


If this sounds like the internship opportunity you have been looking for, please submit your application along with your CV and Cover Letter. We look forward to learning more about you.

Please note, this position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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