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Internship opportunity – Education Intern – IHRTP

Title : Education Intern– IHRTP (several positions to be filled)

Location : Montreal and Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada

Duration : 8 weeks, between May and July, 2023

Paid internship: 18$/hour, full-time

Deadline to apply: February 12, 2023

Be a part of positive social change

Imagine working for an organization whose primary mission is to advance equality, social justice and respect for human dignity. Imagine that your work aligns with your personal values and that you participate every day in creating positive social change through transformative human rights education programs. Alongside 55 like-minded colleagues in Canada and partners around the world, you could help empower people to address inequality and discrimination, and work to build more inclusive and rights-respecting communities with Equitas. 

The Opportunity

Each year in June, Equitas organizes its three-week, intensive International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) at John Abbott College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, where approximately 90 human rights workers from over 50 countries come to gain knowledge, skills and strategies related to human rights education.  Equitas is seeking a highly motivated Education Intern to support the implementation of the program by supporting the IHRTP education team and facilitation team. 

Under the supervision of the the Senior Education Specialist and in close collaboration with the IHRTP team, this person’s main tasks will be the preparation of educational materials and participant’s individual plans, and support to plenary sessions. The intern’s responsibilities will also include a variety of tasks before, during and after the IHRTP, related to running and supporting a major international event in an intercultural context. 

Before the Program:

  • Support the education team’s document translation needs 
  • Support the preparation and review of Program manuals and materials  
  • Support the compilation and analysis of the pre-training assignments using a database 
  • Update the daily plans (French and English) 
  • Support preparation and review of evaluation tools  
  • Support the preparation of the online interactive communication tool, the Equitas Community, for the IHRTP   
  • Prepare facilitators’ and education team materials and supplies 
  • Support and prepare the facilitators orientation session  
  • Perform other duties as determined in consultation with the IHRTP Education Specialist 

During the Program (June 11-30, 2023):   

  • Under the direction of the Education Specialist, provide on-site support to the Education team and the facilitators in various aspects of the preparation of the Program: 
  • Preparation of daily plans (French and English) 
  • Support administration, compilation, analysis and data entry of IHRTP evaluations  
  • Preparation of various documents (posters, articles, schedules, etc.) 
  • Attendance at the facilitator debriefing sessions  
  • Communication with Resource People  
  • Preparation and translation of PowerPoint presentations  
  • Support with other translation needs where required  
  • Preparation and management of audiovisual equipment used during the Program  
  • Attendance at plenary sessions and preparation of proceedings (in collaboration with the Research and Education Assistant) 
  • Support the preparation of the Culture of Human Rights Tree 
  • Support the organization of the Open Space Technology (OST) activity 
  • Assist the Education team in preparing materials for activities  
  • Support participants in using the Equitas Community and uploading documents to the Community   
  • Perform other duties as determined in consultation with the IHRTP Education Specialist 

After the program:  

  • Compile and analyze the Individual Plans 
  • Complete remaining data entry from evaluation questionnaires; support the Education team with the analysis of the evaluation data 
  • Prepare and submit an activity report 
  • Perform other duties as determined in consultation with the IHRTP Education Specialist 

About you

You are passionate about human rights and social justice. You are motivated by and strongly committed to Equitas’ mission, vision and values. You are motivated to foster an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of the Equitas community.  

What is essential for role

  • Eligibility to work in Canada. 
  • Ability to communicate orally read and write in French and English (it’s OK if one language is stronger than the other). 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to take initiative and work autonomously with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to work in collaboration with others (i.e. staff, interns, volunteers) 
  • Excellent research and computer skills (Word, Excel and SharePoint) 
  • Excellent work habits: organized, efficient time management and prioritization skills, able to meet deadlines, flexibility 
  • Availability on week-ends and evenings when necessary  
  • Strong interest in human rights 

What is an asset to the role

  • Experience in international events or contexts 
  • Experience in human rights or social justice sector 
  • Familiarity with Survey Monkey 
  • Ability to drive a car is an asset. Please indicate in your cover letter.  

What we offer

  • We offer the chance to be a part of and make up a diverse and engaged team that are all meaningfully contributing to positive social change in Canada and around the world in their own way. 
  • We value self-care, inclusion, and empathy towards all team members and place a strong emphasis on work-life balance. The intern will work primarily at Equitas’ office in Montreal and at John Abbot College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, with the possibility of also teleworking as well. 
  • We have a centrally located office with a magnificent view of Mont Royal. 
  • We believe in trust and openness and offer a flexible work environment. 
  • We believe in creating space for everyone to lead and offer opportunities within our governance structure to allow for individuals in all roles to take on opportunities for leadership. 


Join us!

Given the nature of our work, Equitas strongly encourages applications from any candidates who have experienced marginalization, in particular, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ21 people, and people living with disabilities. Candidates who wish to do so may self-identify in their application. Equitas offers a competitive salary and benefits package in the NGO sector. 

At Equitas, we do not tolerate harassment, discrimination, violence, or abuse of any form. All employment offers are conditional on the signing of Equitas’ Human Resources Policy, our Policy on Preventing Sexual Violence, Harassment and Discrimination, and satisfactory references. 

Equitas thanks all applicants for their interest. However, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


How to Apply

Please send by email in one PDF document your CV and a cover letter. Send your application package by January 31, 2023 by email to the attention of: 

Hervé Boudou 

Senior Education Specialist  

E-mail to pifdh-ihrtp@equitas.org