Minerals Initiative Intern

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As You Sow
1611 Telegraph Ave., Suite 1450
Oakland, CA
Application Deadline: September 28, 2014
Position: Part-time, Paid
Timeframe: 10/10/14 — 12/10/14 (Flexible)

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Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) a project of the nonprofit organization, As You Sow (www.asyousow.org), is dedicated to ending human rights abuses and forced labor associated with the raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders including investors, companies, and human rights advocates. Currently RSN works with network participants to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from the Congo and forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan to create positive change for brands, consumers, and the impacted communities.

The Minerals Initiative for the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) seeks an intern to assist with tracking corporate disclosures and managing a multi-stakeholder network. Over the past few years, electronics companies have had an increased focus on how minerals used in their products have contributed to the current conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo), resulting in “conflict minerals.” As a result, a number of initiatives have been developed by the NGO, industry, and government communities to address conflict minerals.

The 15-year conflict in the Congo has taken more than five million lives and resulted in hundreds of thousands of rapes. We are now encouraging more corporate involvement to ensure they are not purchasing conflict minerals, are contributing to bringing peace to the region, and are supporting efforts to have certified conflict-free minerals exported from the region.

We encourage all applicants to review our website www.sourcingnetwork.org before applying.
Send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in the position to interns@asyousow.org no later than September 28. Include “Minerals Initiative Intern” in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


• Assist in managing the minerals multi-stakeholder group (MSG)
• Follow the progress of a new EU regulation in Europe and support the MSG’s policy working group in making statements about the draft text
• Support collecting information on corporate actions relating to the Congo and update a Salesforce database with information
• Assist in collecting information on current initiatives, how they fit together, and their pros and cons
• Collect information on NGOs in the Congo and their activities
• Contribute to RSN blog and social media


Candidates should:
• Be pursuing a graduate degree or an advanced undergraduate (junior or senior) in public policy, human/labor rights, government, or international law
• Have excellent research, analysis, writing, and communication skills
• Be comfortable reviewing detailed documents and reports
• Be able to prioritize tasks and work independently
• Have good organizational and time management skills, with an excellent attention to detail
• Be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be committed to excellence
• Be proficient in internet research and the Microsoft Office Suite
• Interest in human rights, labor rights, and/or social issues
• Interest in corporate responsibility and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Experience with Salesforce or other database management system is a plus

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