Information about current openings with The Goodis Center is posted here: get involved.
This page contains additional information about internship and volunteer positions.
If you are interested in getting involved with The Goodis Center, submit an application. Due to the expansive needs of our organization, we are not currently posting ads for individual positions, but ask that candidates contact us to express their interest in interning or volunteering. Let us know how you see yourself fitting in with our programs, and we will see whether we have the capacity to supervise your work and ensure a great experience for everyone involved.
General Eligibility and Qualifications
Candidates interested in applying for our unpaid internships must be at least 16 years of age and must have reliable internet access. (Candidates under 18 must have parental consent.)
Because all intern positions are unpaid, there is no work-status or residency requirement. Interns may provide their services from anywhere in the world. You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen.
Applicants with recent or current academic experience should have a minimum 3.2 GPA or equivalent. Interns are expected to maintain that minimum GPA. Applicants may document extenuating circumstances in their cover letter.
Applicants must demonstrate an interest in human rights, human advancement, social justice, and some of the many topics addressed by The Goodis Center’s programs, website, and publications. Related work experience is not necessary.
Desirable Interests, Skills, and Experience
Of course, like any company, we are looking for self-motivated individuals who are goal-oriented and excellent communicators. However, we would much prefer to see your skills and accomplishments than to hear a list of your traits.
General RESEARCH Interests:
- human rights theory
- applied human rights
- international law
- globalization and international affairs
- immigration detention
- prisons and jails
- law, public policy, and social policy
- environmental matters
- disaster prevention and relief
- ethnic/racial/religious minority rights
- LGBTQ and women’s rights
- medical and psychological developments
- welfare politics
- civil, public, and community service
- U.S. and world news
- media analysis and critique
We will consider interns with no relevant subject-interests if their skills are specialized in a needed area.
Desired Skills, Specialties, Experience:
- advertising and marketing
- market research
- software programming and design
- advanced web design
- journalism: print and multimedia
- academic researching and reporting
- editing and copyediting experience
- graphic design and layout
- publications expertise
- film and videography
- art in its many forms
- dance, music composition, musical performance, theater, painting, drawing, studio arts, woodworking, metalwork, creative writing, poetry, etc
- grassroots organizing and outreach
- event planning and coordination
- field-specific/discipline-based analysis
- media and communications
- business management and operations
- fiscal planning and organization
- product and merchandise development
- diverse, unique, bold, and worldly perspectives and opinions rooted in actual life-experience
Payment and Rights:
Interns will not be paid for their work; however, some assignments for research- and arts- interns may be reimbursed for pre-approved expenses.
Interns will receive by-line credit for any original research or artistic creation they complete under assignment from The Goodis Center and will retain certain rights over all their original works, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
Interns and volunteers will be assigned to tasks based upon their individual interests, skills, and qualifications.
Research and arts interns will be expected to complete at least one research-intensive or artistic assignment for each issue of our Journal for Human Advancement published while the intern is with us. Assignments will be given as far in advance as possible. We are willing to work with schools, colleges, and universities to tailor your research or artwork so that you may receive academic credit for your work.
Business, logistics, organizational, and other administratively-themed interns will be expected to participate in regular communications to discuss business progress and potential. This may consist of emails, phone conferences, or in-person meetings. Administrative interns will be scheduled according to their availability. Business, finance, and economics students may be able to receive academic credit for this internship, and we are willing to customize your tasks to suit the requirements of your academic institution.
Service-based internships such as web-design, publications, secretarial, communications, advertising, marketing, community organizing, event-planning, graphic design, layout, editing, and so forth may also fall under a business, research, or art internship, depending on your needs. Tasks will be assigned based on skill-level, expertise, and interests. Tasks may range from website updates to overhauls, or comparable tasks for other specialized areas.
How to Apply
Before you go through all the trouble of preparing your transcripts, CV, writing samples and portfolio, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who you are and where you see yourself fitting in with our needs. If you want to send all of that stuff along with your first email anyways, go right ahead.
Expect a reply from us within 1-2 weeks. If you don’t hear back within that time, send us another message to check in – sometimes emails get lost.
Alternatively, to send your information to us by the Postal Service, use our address listed at the bottom of every page on this website.