Media Advocacy/Social Justice Intern- Sierra Leone (Flexible start date, two positions available)

The Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) seeks to promote a just society for all persons in Sierra Leone through monitoring institutions of accountability, outreach, and advocacy for institutional transparency, capacity building and empowerment of citizens. CARL has its origin in the Special Court Monitoring Group (SCMG), which was established in May 2004 as a partnership project of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability (COJA) to exclusively monitor and produce objective reporting on proceedings before the court for both the local and international community.

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in some or all of the following areas: human rights, social justice, media advocacy, and monitoring of the justice system. Interns should be working towards (or have completed) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Journalism, English, Law, Business, International Development, Non-Profit Management, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution, Media Advocacy etc. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Human Rights, International Law, are preferred with special preference given to those with experience in police work or police monitoring.

Since this position includes a significant amount of editing and writing, mastery of the English language is required, and each candidate is required to submit a brief writing sample for review.

Basic Responsibilities:

1. Accompany staff in monitoring and recording proceedings of high profile court cases in the Sierra Leone special courts, high courts, and criminal courts. These court buildings are not always in the best condition, so interns should be duly prepared.

2. Work with the Director and accompanying staff to write and edit reports of court activities, to ensure that courts remain accountable to the general public and that justice has been upheld.

3. Edit and help write reports for use within CARL, and for publication within their newsletter, The Monitor.

3. Design effective media strategies, utilizing CARL’s existing framework (newsletter, radio and tv outreach) as the basis for expansion. This includes developing targets based on increased website traffic, surveys of community/regional knowledge of CARL’s activities and court cases, as well as overall listener base.

4. This position may include travel to the provinces (expenses to be covered by CARL) where the intern will be expected to attend court trials, hear community cases, and work with trained community monitors in cases related to domestic abuse and gender violence, child abuse, political violence, and anti-corruption cases. You will be expected to record these cases and if necessary, to bring transcriptions and accurate accounts to regional courts. Therefore, the highest standards of accountability and professionalism are required for this position.

5. Any other duty as assigned.

This is an opportunity to engage with the local community and business leaders, becoming more familiar with what it takes to lead a successful media campaign in a country with limited infrastructural development.

Any intern must be well versed in CARL’s mission and goals and most importantly, be energetic and outgoing.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.


Documentary/Photojournalism Internship with a Public Health Organisation (Flexible start dates, one position available)

The Health For All Coalition (HFAC) is a Civil Society Network Organization with a specific focus on health and related issues. HRAC advocates for health care services that are accessible, available, affordable, and of high quality. It does this through monitoring, advocacy and community education. They are involved in community mobilisation, creating demand for services, building awareness of community needs and also helping health services to reach vulnerable communities. As an organisation, they seek to foster innovative approaches to community health planning and monitoring. Currently the Coalition has over 380 community volunteers in districts, Chiefdoms and wards to monitor free healthcare drugs and supplies, healthcare service delivery, mobilisation and sensitisation of communities on health issues.

Interns are expected to present a competitive portfolio of photojournalism, video, or documentary experience. Interns should have, reflected through the CV and cover letter, a sustained interest in media advocacy. It is preferred that interns be working towards (or have completed) a degree in Media, Communications, Photography, Videography, Journalism, or a related field. Interns will be expected to bring their own video equipment, as equipment is not available in Sierra Leone. The specific types of equipment needed will be discussed and decided upon after hiring, but do not necessarily need to include full video/photo lighting, etc. Interns are required to bring their own laptop, which should have video editing software. Interns are expected to have a basic understanding of website operations (enough to embed the video) and should be comfortable with youtube, vimeo, and other online video platforms. HFAC’s offices have broadband internet access, air conditioning, printers, photocopiers, and refrigerators.

Basic Requirements:

  1. Create a documentary for HFAC’s community activities and programming.
  2. Create short videos for outreach programmes and community use.
  3. Video and record health conditions and feedback from communities as a means of monitoring the progress or challenges facing HFAC’s mandated objectives and focus areas.
  4. Post these videos and promote them via social media, websites, etc.
  5. Use these videos and photos to design effective media strategies and to increase the media presence of HFAC in the aims of increasing partnerships, knowledge/understanding, and funding.
  6. Any other duty as assigned.

All work created will be credited to the intern and the intern may use the work as an addition to their professional portfolio. All material must also be credited to HFAC and ACIPP- West Africa.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

**Depending on volume of applicants, the most skilled applicant will be designated as producer/director with up to 4 assistantships possible**