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Opening: Stephen Coats Memorial Fellowship

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers' ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at

The Stephen Coats Memorial Fellow is a nine-month fellowship to promote workers’ rights in Latin America. This position will require knowledge of international labor rights and the challenges related to their application in Latin America. An ideal candidate is one who has worked with a labor union and/or is interested in working with a small, fast-paced NGO and is an independent, innovative and driven individual.  Applicant must be fluent in Spanish and English, possess strong writing skills in both languages, and work effectively in diverse coalitions.


  • Work directly with union and NGO partners in Latin America to challenge labor rights abuses in selected strategic industries, including bananas, palm oil, and apparel
  • Travel in the region to conduct research and strengthen ILRFs relationship with allies
  • Write blog posts and newsletter articles highlighting the work of USLEAP and partners
  • Assist ILRF legal and policy staff to prepare various non-judicial complaints against governments and corporations who violate or are complicit in the violation of workers’ fundamental rights
  • Monitor the performance of the social auditing industry on enforcing labor rights in the region, including publicizing the certification of union-busting companies as “sustainable” producers
  • Represent ILRF in various coalitions promoting labor and human rights in Latin America
  • Engage and grow the USLEAP program’s supporter base
  • Grant proposal writing and reporting


  • At least one year of travel and/or work experience in Latin America
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and lead work streams
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively within coalitions
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, written and oral
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Preferred: graduate student or graduate degree.

This is a Washington DC-based fellowship providing a stipend of $20,000 for 30 hours/week for nine months. To apply: Email cover letter, resume, and a sample of policy-related writing or a copy of a report to employment [at] This position was posted on October 20, 2016 and is open until filled.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.


We welcome inquiries for federal work-study positions and from students receiving funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. Please email internships [at] (subject: enter%20position%20title%20here%20%2B%20first%20name%2C%20last%20name) with:

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in interning at ILRF and your areas of interest and skills, how many hours per week you are available and for how many months, whether you are applying for a federal work-study or other position, and whether you are located in Washington, DC or in a different city
  • Your resume / CV
  • A copy of any of the following that you have produced, as relevant to your inquiry: research paper, published article, campaign-related writing, graphic design sample, or video
  • If you are indicating language fluency in your application, then please include a writing sample in that language in addition to your English writing sample

Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. These are some of the skills that we seek in interns:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Corporate research
  • Legal research
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Publications layout
  • Video production and editing
  • Data entry
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional phone demeanor
  • Native-level fluency and professional-level writing skills in Bangla, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Uzbek.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.