Wanted: enthusiastic and energetic interns
Are you enthusiastic about ending gender inequality in Singapore? Would you like to experience life in an advocacy organisation? Learn more about our work by contributing to it firsthand – through an internship with AWARE.
Find out more:
We are seeking interns in the following departments. Interns will typically work primarily with one department, but may be asked to assist with some tasks and events with other departments.
- Research & Advocacy (R&A): Our research teams use both quantitative and qualitative methods to produce reports, position papers, and policy submissions on a wide range of issues with an impact on women’s rights and welfare, and gender equality.
- We Can! Campaign: This campaign aims to end violence against women by tackling community attitudes and behaviours that enable it.
- Programmes & Communications (P&C): Media work including social media keeps AWARE’s expertise and perspectives in the public eye, helping to mainstream feminist views.
- Support Services (SS): AWARE provides a number of services to women who need support – a helpline, counselling, legal advice, befriending and specialised services for women who experience sexual assault. Interns with SS should have a background in social work, psychology or social services.
What will you be doing?
Typically, interns work on some of the activities listed below, though this varies based on office needs and your particular interests and skills.
- Helping to put together our newsletter
- Writing and preparing content for website, powerpoint presentations or marketing materials
- Organising and managing AWARE events
- Assisting with volunteer management and writing fundraising proposals
- Assisting with research, and the AWARE Training Institute (ATI)
- Assisting with general administration
- SS interns will help with managing and analysing data, and with befriending and staffing the helpline.
What’s in it for you?
- $10 per day as lunch allowance
- Enormously interesting and meaningful work
- Lots of learning and guidance, great discussions and friendships
- A letter of recommendation will be provided on successful completion of the internship
What do we look for?
Our ideal interns have included people with a range of ages and experiences – from school students to fresh graduates. The following gives an idea of the kinds of skills and interests we look for in interns:
- Good research skills
- Ability to work well with others
- Organisation skills
- Good writing skills
- Enthusiasm about using advocacy to promote gender equality in Singapore.
- Resourcefulness and creativity in addressing unexpected challenges.
- Interest in a range of social issues with a bearing on gender equality.
- Ability to think analytically and communicate ideas effectively.
How do you apply?
- No working experience required
- Subject to vacancy and interview
We welcome interns all year round – simply specify in your application when you will be available and for how long.
If you would like to join us as an intern, please write a short answer (in no more than 500 words) to the question, ‘Has gender equality been achieved in Singapore?’. Send your cover note with CV or summary of skills to Sumithri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What former interns say:
“Despite a longstanding interest in social justice, I often found myself lost on how to act on the outrage I felt. Interning at AWARE has shown me how non-governmental organisations here work to effect change through various channels, be it advocating for amendments in the law or directly supporting women who need help. Moreover, through the research I worked on, I learnt a lot about the gender-based challenges and discrimination that women here face, and the structural impediments that need to be eradicated. My internship here has taught me more about the society I live in, and given me the encouragement to do what I can to introduce a little more equality and inclusiveness into Singapore”
– Tan Yan An, Wellesley College
“Interning at AWARE was a deeply meaningful and fulfilling experience where I had the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day running of a non-governmental organisation in one of Singapore’s foremost women’s organisations and one of its most established civil society organisations. I was also given the invaluable chance to learn about feminism and women’s rights from veteran members of the organisation. I would strongly recommend an internship at AWARE for anyone passionate about gender equality and social justice.”
– Emily Lim, National University of Singapore
“Despite a short internship with AWARE, the experience has been enjoyable and insightful. Albeit (only) being an intern, the responsibilities entrusted and opportunities to learn were aplenty. When in doubt! The team at AWARE (which exemplifies positivity and buoyancy) is always ready to guide and share their knowledge. For anyone who is interested in advocating gender equality and social justice, AWARE is the place to join.”
– Grace Ke, Murdock University