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Available in International Sign via this link: https://vimeo.com/237523048

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is looking for a ‘Media and Communication’ intern for approximately three months between January and March 2018, to work at its office in Helsinki, Finland.

The WFD is an international non-governmental organisation, which promotes the human rights of deaf people around the world. Currently the WFD Office is composed of five full-time members and one intern/fellow.

An internship at the WFD provides a good opportunity to learn more about deaf people’s human rights, disability rights and linguistic rights.

This internship is meant for students who have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree in communication or a relevant field. Applicants with a secured internship grant from university will be given priority. Additional scholarship supplement by the employer can be considered.

Tasks and requirements:

Intern will assist the WFD staff in:

  • Further development of the WFD’s overall media strategy
  • Drafting and editing content for the WFD’s media platforms (website, newsletter and Facebook)
  • Updating the WFD’s website
  • Developing WFD marketing materials (both content and graphic design)
  • Media and communication activities in support of fundraising campaigns
  • Other tasks based on personal competencies and the intern’s interests.

We expect the intern to:

  • Have studied communications and/or media at an advanced level
  • Be resourceful, self-directed and motivated
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have excellent English writing skills
  • Have experience in updating websites
  • Have at least basic graphics editor skills (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, Mailchimp)
  • Be familiar with social medial tools and platforms
  • Have interest in working in a multicultural and multilinguistic working environment

We also appreciate:

  • Knowledge in human rights, with focus on deaf people
  • Sign language skills, especially knowledge of International Sign
  • Previous experience in using WordPress
  • Independent approach to work

Duration and working hours of the internship:

Maximum of three months, starting preferably 8 January 2018 (negotiable). Monday to Friday, office hours.

Internship location: World Federation of the Deaf Secretariat, Light House, Ilkantie 4, Helsinki, Finland

Application submission:

Following documents are required for your application to be considered:

  • Letter of application in which you shortly outline your motivation and how your skills correspond to the intern’s profile (tasks and requirements)
  • CV
  • Two letters of reference

Send the full application by 10 November 2017, 4PM Finnish time, via email to meri.hyrske-fischer@wfd.fi.

Inquiries on the internship: meri.hyrske-fischer@wfd.fi.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email.

More information on WFD’s work: www.wfdeaf.org

While interning at World Federation of the Deaf, in Helsinki, Finland, I learned some of the most valuable assets. With these assets in my skill set, I was able to secure a wonderful and enriching career at Communication Service for the Deaf. That experience with the WFD, I learned a wide array of skills—human rights, admin/secretarial work, and crowdfunding/fundraising. Human rights—I learned about the UN CRPD and how that document advocates for deaf persons all over the world. The admin/secretarial work prepared me in such that excelled in learning about data input and ensuring that information handled with the best of care. Crowdfunding/fundraising, I learned that this is very crucial in building a successful organization and letting people all over the world know that World Federation of the Deaf is here to support them. I got to apply the expertise learned in real time at the World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. Learning and applying what I learned from WFD was so very beneficial to me and my future.Claire Labry
World Federation for the Deaf Intern
I highly enjoyed and I am also thankful for the opportunity. In addition to this it was a great learning experience for me with project management and communications.Noora Saukkonen
World Federation for the Deaf Intern