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5 in 5 with Amy Fealy, Volunteer Coordinator at IJDH

April 18, 2013

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and its Haiti-based affiliate, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), have over 17 years of demonstrated success enforcing Haitians’ human rights, in Haiti and abroad. They with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice, and human rights by pursuing legal cases, distributing information on human rights conditions in Haiti, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad.

The organizations’ successes include spearheading the Raboteau Massacre trial, considered Haiti’s most successful complex litigation, and Yvon Neptune v. Haiti, one of the most important human rights cases in the Americas and the first Haiti case to be decided by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and four precedent-setting rape cases in 2012. The New York Times called the BAI’s Mario Joseph “Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer.” You can find more information on Facebook and Twitter.

Amy Fealy is the Volunteer Coordinator at IJDH. (Fun fact – She found this position through Amy is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at Boston University as a psychology major and will be graduating in May. She plan to relocate to Los Angeles after graduation and further her career in non-profit organizations.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

Amy Fealy

Amy Fealy, Volunteer Coordinator at IJDH

Growing up, my parents had always stressed the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. My passion for the field really grew when I participated in my first non-profit internship while I was studying abroad in Australia. If someone is interested in the non-profit field, the best way to start is with an internship. Discover what you’re passionate about by volunteering with a few different organizations – don’t be afraid to put yourself in unknown situations, it’s the best way to discover your career path.

2. What’s the future of your industry or job?

The direction of NGOs is changing – organizations are looking to listen to the needs of communities and work with them to create sustainable change. IJDH does this by working with Haitians to provide them with the tools they need to build their own futures – a just political system, security in their own homes and the means to recover from natural disasters.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

One of the most important things that we look for is someone who is passionate about our cause or has had experience in like-minded organizations. They appreciate and understand our work more, and they can express it better in their work ethic.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

Interns who exhibit a high level of self-confidence always make the best impression. Show potential employers that you are a worthy candidate, who can take on any project that comes your way and you’ll most likely get hired.

5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…

I often find myself inspired by the other interns that come into our office. We’ve had interns from Canada, Nepal and South Korea relocate to Boston and work full time because they heard about IJDH and were passionate about working with us. I think it takes a very unique organization to inspire people like that.

Interested in interning for IJDH? They’re currently offering a Volunteer Coordinator internship! Apply now.

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