Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Promote Indicorps overseas in Australia, West Indies, Africa, and Europe by contacting youth organizations, Indian associations, college career centers, companies and via online social networking sites (Facebook, My Space, etc.)
* Write press releases about Indicorps for international outlets
* Collect and publish Indicorps articles on ‘reconnecting the Diaspora through service’ in the US, Canada, Australia, Africa, and Europe
* Edit and publish public columns, written by fellows in the field, in local and international periodicals, on news sites and blogs
* Write alumni profiles for Indicorps website
* Manage Indicorps Challenge Blog
* Collect articles for and assist publishing of Indicorps Newsletter
* Coordinate speaking engagements for Indicorps alumni to discuss their fellowship experience and recruit for the next fellowship cycle
* Introduce innovative, creative ways to use newspapers, blogs, online social networks, and other media to share learnings and experiences of Indicorps fellows
* Handle administrative duties, including maintenance of contact databases and files
* Prior experience in media relations strongly preferred
* Understanding of how to pitch stories to media, how to write articles for news publications, and new media outlets
* Outstanding oral and written communication skills
* Ability to work independently or in a team environment
* Familiarity with MS Office applications a must (especially MSWord and MSExcel); experience with other publishing software a plus
* Ability to multitask effectively
* Strong relationship-building skills
Length of Internship:
4-6 months flexible
Indicorps encourages aspiring young leaders of the Indian Diaspora to engage in intense grassroots development opportunities that explore the promise of leadership and help leverage their skills and talents to address India’s pressing needs. The organization encompasses several programs, including Volunteer Ahmedabad (VA!), capitalizing on the spirit of volunteerism of Ahmedabad citizens; Ahmedabad Ultimate, promoting the spirit of fair play and competition through Frisbee; and the flagship Indicorps Fellowship Program. The Fellowship emphasizes public service and personal growth, seeking to nurture and inspire a new brand of socially conscious leaders through structured one – and two-year grassroots service opportunities in India.
Your internship and Indicorps:
As an intern, you support the backbone of Indicorps, strengthening organizational capacity and growing initiatives. The Indicorps space encourages you to be innovative and challenge yourself to contribute in a constructive manner. You will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from many people in the NGO sector in India. While not a field-based internship, you will serve a critical role in supporting fellows, encouraging others to serve, and effecting change. Regular learning opportunities will offer you the chance to process your internship and share insights. Your primary commitment will be with your internship project, but you will be able to contribute to other Indicorps activities, including the Young Professionals Service Initiative, VA! and Ahmedabad Ultimate. For more information about Indicorps, please visit us online at www.indicorps.org.
Orientation (one week) – An intensive, one-week orientation with your internship class will introduce you to the Indicorps philosophies and working style and provide you with background on Indian history, governance, and economic structures. Speakers and NGO site visits will give you more insight about the development sector in India. You will also have the opportunity to orient yourself with Ahmedabad city and learn more about how to contribute to your space.
Accommodations – Indicorps will provide housing for orientation week. If you do not have family or friends in Ahmedabad with whom you can stay for the duration of the internship program, the Indicorps team will be happy to assist you in finding affordable housing. Finding housing should not take more than a few days and can happen simultaneously with orientation week. Housing options may include an all-boys or all-girls group flat or a home-stay situation.
Documentation – You will be required to provide weekly assessments about the progress and development of your project(s). Writing opportunities will provide time to reflect on your internship as well as your contribution to service in India.
Thursday Learnings – Regular learning opportunities each week will offer you the chance to share your reflection writings, practice your language skills, attend a lecture, or interact with people from the NGO sector. As an intern, you will also be encouraged to create opportunities for the Indicorps team.
Learning Journeys – You will join in at least one off-site initiative, giving you a chance to immerse yourself in rural communities in India and participate in a service project.
Fellows Workshop – The August 2008 fellowship class will meet for its second workshop in March 2009. As an intern, you will contribute to the workshop and also have a unique opportunity to interact with young Indians in the midst of their year-long service projects.
DEADLINE: 15 November or until positions are filled. Interns must confirm by 30 December 2008.
For more information, please see our website www.indicorps.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
More about internship: http://www.indicorps.org/volunteer-work.php?page_id=74
To apply online: http://survey.indicorps.org/public/survey.php?name=jan2009