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Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO
888 16th Street, NW, Suite 400
DescriptionThe Solidarity Center is a non-profit organization that assists workers around the world who are struggling to build democratic and independent trade unions. We work with unions and community groups worldwide to achieve equitable, sustainable, democratic development and to help men and women everywhere stand up for their rights and improve their living and working standards.
• The Solidarity Center and its union partners promote democracy, freedom, and respect for worker rights in global trade, investment, and development policies and in the lending practices of international financial institutions.
• Our programs raise public awareness about the abuse of the world's most vulnerable workers.
• Above all, our programs help the world's workers secure a voice in the developing global economy, and thus in their own future.
In response to partner requests, the Solidarity Center provides a wide range of education, training, research, legal support, organizing assistance, and other resources to help build strong and effective trade unions and more just and equitable societies. The Center's education programs feature training in basic human and worker rights, union skills, advocacy, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, and civic and voter education. Our programs are designed for workers, unions, and community organizations in developing societies, particularly those seeking to promote democracy and play an essential role in creating public policies in their countries.
The Solidarity Center is offering unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students during the fall semester 2012 in Washington, DC. Solidarity Center internships provide a great opportunity to work for social change and promote international solidarity with the global labor movement.
ResponsibilitiesPosition Description: The intern will assist the Asia regional department on the following topics (but is not limited to):
1. Migration and Trafficking
2. Bonded Labor in Supply Chain Research
• Review, edit and write portions of reports.
• Carry out research from primary and secondary sources, including Internet research.
• Attend and/or assist with meetings, workshops and seminars on relevant topics relating to our work.
• Prepare briefing materials on relevant topics.
• Logistical support for field offices
Requirements• Demonstrated excellent writing skills
• Good qualitative and quantitative research skills
• Very good computer skills including word processing and Excel
• Meeting deadlines, working under short deadlines and quick turnaround
• Familiarity with economic development issues
• Basic background knowledge of Asia– the culture, history, and the political, social and economic situation
• Good communication and inter-personal skills
• Good judgment and ability to think creatively