Intern (Current Employee) – London – 30 January 2018
Soon after finishing my masters of human rights degree, I began work in the research department (specifically the GTI programme) of the International Secretariat. As an intern in this department, I felt valued and part of the team and was given critical research work on the range of the investigations that the team was conducting.
I was paid enough to live in London (just about), which is great/unusual for an internship, and found it a friendly, driven and dedicated environment to work in. The application process was lengthy and competitive, involving multiple stages, however this made me appreciate the job more upon getting it.
My only complaint (and this is not specific to Amnesty) is that the contract was short term - 6 months - meaning relative job insecurity. While as intern you have the ability to apply for internal roles, it is down to how your luck falls as to whether or not a position becomes available for which you can apply/move in to.
Nevertheless, with such an amazing position and organisation on the CV it shouldn't be too difficult to find work after your time there.
Dedicated, hard working, learning curve, surrounded by the best, ability to speak up and take the initiative, generous paid leave, good working hours/work-life balance
Promoter (Former Employee) – Provincia di Roma, Lazio – 18 October 2017
Interact with people was the first thing to learn while i've worked for Amnesty International as a promoter. I've learnt not to give up in front of rudeness and indifference, and to focus my attention on the target the company gave us.
Street Fundraiser (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – 11 April 2017
Working as a Street Fundraiser for Amnesty International was a wonderful experience and one that I will cherish for a long time. What I learnt while I was there was how to interact respectfully and engagingly with the public, as well as how to work together with others in order to make a difference in the lives of others, in that I was able to discuss human rights and stress their importance on a daily basis at work. As part of a team, I found it easy to rely on my colleagues and to ensure that they could rely on myself in return. It was often a united and comfortable working environment in which I enjoyed working with others.
On a typical day at work, I would meet and engage with a vast array of people, often making each day fun and unpredictable. The most enjoyable part of the job was the satisfaction that came from knowing that I was able to help Amnesty International make a difference by informing others of the aid that they could provide for human rights campaigners by becoming a member of this organisation.
Student Director (Current Employee) – London, Greater London – 16 February 2017
The job entails the following responsibilities: • Organise talks with prominent speakers • Manage monthly booths promoting current Amnesty International campaigns • Write blog posts on the BPP Human Rights blog
Voluntary Research Assistant (Former Employee) – London – 24 September 2016
Working in the Strategy and Evaluation team I gathered an understanding of the goals and roles of each member when in the process of an international project. I encountered previous and present projects that the gender and sexuality team have organised and discovered the issues and problems that these projects face in different cultural and conflict areas.
Press Officer (Former Employee) – London – 17 July 2016
AI is a critically important organisation, and now more than ever as abuses of human rights become widespread. AI is a great place to work but work life balance is hard to maintain. The organisation was having serious industrial relations issues culminating in strikes and protests. Management culture was problematic when I worked there but the people especially the research teams were devoted and selfless. I gained so much by working here and have no hesitation in recommending AI, notwithstanding the issues I highlighted.
Street Fundraiser (Current Employee) – London – 29 November 2015
Being out of your comfort zone and pushing yourself. Learning numerous different skills in terms of communication and pitching. Having to adapt your methods constantly due to the huge variety of people you approach.