Opportunities

Although Stateless Dignity is not presently hiring for paid positions, we do offer a number of highly flexible internship, fellowship, volunteer, and pro bono opportunities.

To apply for any position, please send a cover letter, CV/resumé, and brief writing sample (1-3 pages; excerpts from longer works are acceptable) to info@statelessdignity.org. In the subject line, please include the name of the specific position (if applicable) for which you are applying, followed by your name (e.g.: “Internship Application: Legal and Political Analyst: Jane Doe”). Please also specify your anticipated availability, time commitment, and any specific limitations thereon, as well as your preferred work location.

Finally, as we expand our scope of work, new opportunities—including for staff, students, and volunteers—will continue to become available. Please be sure to check back regularly to see the latest opportunities.

Staff

Stateless Dignity is not presently hiring, but looks forward to doing so in the coming months and years. In particular, as funding permits, we hope to hire for the following positions:

  • Development (Fundraising/Grant Management) Coordinator/Director;

  • Region- or Issue-Specific Program Coordinator(s)/Director(s);

  • Web, Social Media, and/or Public Relations Specialist; and

  • Administrative and/or Executive Assistant.

If you are interested in one day becoming a Stateless Dignity staff member, we encourage you to initially consider our internship, fellowship, volunteer, and/or pro bono opportunities. As funding becomes increasingly available, interested current and former participants will be considered alongside new applicants. And though preference will not be given to internal candidates, the quality of previous work will be considered in the hiring process.

Internships and Fellowships

Stateless Dignity is currently seeking interns and/or fellows in the following specific positions: Legal and Political Analyst, Web & Social Media Content Strategist, and Non-Profit Development Strategist. Depending on the your needs and availability, time commitments are flexible, and selected candidates may work remotely and/or at an agreed-upon workspace in New York. Stateless Dignity is also happy to provide academic credit in accordance with the sponsoring institution’s requirements. While we do not provide direct funding, we are happy to work with any outside institutions funding your work to ensure that any and all requirements are met.

Stateless Dignity is also happy to work with interested individuals to design an internship or fellowship experience uniquely tailored to your own experience or expertise, skills, interests, and other factors, and to work with you to craft an appropriate position title and position description. Areas and skill sets of interest to Stateless Dignity include (but are not limited to): marketing/publicity; web/social media management and optimization; web and graphic design; fundraising and grant management; event planning; non-profit administration and compliance; and accounting. Of course, knowledge of international legal/political considerations and/or geographic expertise is also a plus (and, depending on the position, a key factor) in any position.

Finally, please also note that—to the extent your institution permits and supports placements abroad, and the placement is safe—Stateless Dignity is happy to host fellows, interns, and volunteers who wish to be based in proximity to affected populations, relevant legal or political institutions, and/or other key stakeholders. (For example, a fellow focusing on the Rohingya Program may wish to be based in a location like Dhaka or Cox’s Bazar.) Although Stateless Dignity does not have offices in such locations, we are happy to assist in finding a dedicated workspace to host you, such as with one of our partner organizations (such as through Genocide Watch’s 70+-strong Alliance Against Genocide, of which Stateless Dignity is also a member).

While Stateless Dignity’s primary focus is presently on its Rohingya Program, we look forward to expanding our scope in the near future. The Legal and Political Analyst will thus be responsible for monitoring and assessing relevant international developments and legal/political considerations as they pertain to statelessness, citizenship, and refugees/IDP issues, and will provide recommendations aimed at honing future programming. In particular, the Analyst may be asked to identify and/or investigate the most current and pressing statelessness issues and affected populations, and to help strategize and shape Stateless Dignity’s future programs accordingly.

The Analyst may also work with, alongside, or potentially supervise the work of pro bono volunteers tasked with researching specific aspects of foreign and international law and politics (e.g., a given State’s refugee policies and immigration climate) with an eye to developing effective strategies and, in the long-term, direct services. Additionally, the Analyst may work with the Web & Social Content Strategist to provide relevant news tips for social media-based advocacy and sharing. S/he will also report directly to the Executive Director.

Finally, if the Analyst so wishes, we encourage interns to devote some time to drafting and working to publish one or more op-eds on a topic relevant to Stateless Dignity’s work and in line with the organization’s mission. To that end, we are happy to advise and provide support not only with regard to drafting and submissions, but will also feature published articles on our website as well as on various social media platforms.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be a law student (JD, LLM, or equivalent) or graduate student in a relevant field (e.g., international affairs, global politics, or human rights, among others). S/he will also possess:

  • Knowledge of relevant legal and political issues, and/or of applicable legal instruments and key international/multilateral institutions;

  • Deep-seated commitment to the Stateless Dignity mission and to building a healthy, sustainable organization;

  • Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills;

  • Keen attention to detail;

  • Demonstrated self-motivation and resourcefulness;

  • Strong capacity for working both independently and collaboratively;

  • An affinity for complex intellectual challenges and creative problem-solving;

  • Strong organizational, task management, and prioritization skills; and

  • Exceptional moral character and integrity.

The following attributes are also a plus:

  • Experience or expertise with regard to a specific region or issue relevant to the organization’s mission;

  • Foreign language skills; and

  • A sense of humor.

The Legal and Political Analyst will report directly to the Executive Director. For information on how to apply, please see the top of this page.


Web & Social Media Strategist

Stateless Dignity seeks a qualified candidate to hone and optimize its web and social media presences, including on its website (e.g., News & Updates), its various social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram), and/or through the development of well-designed elements such as a periodic newsletter, press releases, standard letterhead and other boilerplate design elements, and so forth.

The Web & Social Media Strategist will work alongside the Legal & Political Analyst, who may provide relevant news tips for social media-based advocacy and sharing. S/he will also report directly to the Executive Director. Depending on the selected candidate’s interest in and capacity for developing mission-specific content, s/he may do so, and/or the Executive Director and other members of the SDP team may provide such content. That said, to the extent the Strategist will work on social media, s/he must hone sufficient familiarity with relevant issues in order to identify and [re]publish regular, strong posts, news, and updates.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate or graduate student in a relevant field (e.g., marketing, public relations, web/graphic design, or communications, among others). S/he will also possess:

  • Experience with the social media platforms used by SDP, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn;

  • Excellent writing and editing skills (e.g., for website updates, social media posts, and drafting press releases);

  • Creativity to formulate new or improved design concepts or functionalities to bolster SDP’s web and social media presence;

  • Ability and willingness to identify existing areas that may benefit from improvements, and to voice such suggestions openly:

  • Strong capacity for working both independently and collaboratively;

  • Strong task management and prioritization skills; and

  • Exceptional moral character and integrity.

The following attributes are also a plus:

  • Interest in/familiarity with relevant issues, and the ability to select suitable content accordingly;

  • Familiarity with web-based tools like SproutSocial, SquareSpace, and MailChimp, among others;

  • Experience with software like Adobe CC;

  • Foreign language skills; and

  • A strong sense of humor.


Non-Profit Development Strategist

Stateless Dignity also seeks a qualified candidate to assist in honing its non-profit administration and development strategies and activities, including through identifying and helping to apply for relevant grants or other funding opportunities, drafting grant proposals (and, in the long-term, potentially grant reports), and assisting in fundraising event planning.

To the extent other aspects of non-profit management interest the selected candidate, s/he may also be asked to assist in matters such as: ensuring non-profit compliance; basic, routine accounting; drafting board minutes and other such documents; and so forth. To these ends, s/he may work with, rely on the advice of, and learn from Stateless Dignity’s consultants in the areas of non-profit formation, administration, and compliance, who are on retainer to assist in such matters.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate or graduate student a relevant field (e.g., public or non-profit administration, communications, or international affairs, among others). S/he will also possess:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills;

  • Familiarity and experience with software like Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and/or Pages/Numbers;

  • Interest in/familiarity with relevant issues, and the ability to draft relevant materials accordingly;

  • Strong capacity for working both independently and collaboratively;

  • Strong task management and prioritization skills; and

  • Exceptional moral character and integrity.

The following attributes are also a plus:

  • Existing connections and/or knowledge of relevant or potential funders/foundations;

  • Event planning (e.g., fundraiser) experience;

  • Foreign language skills; and

  • A strong sense of humor.

Volunteer and Pro Bono

Stateless Dignity is always happy to engage volunteers, both in the long-term and for individual pro bono assignments. To get a sense of some of our current priorities and needs, please see the internship opportunities listed above. As with internships, any volunteer or pro bono work may be tailored to your unique experience, skills, interests, and limitations.

For more information or to propose a role, please reach out using our Contact form or via email at info@statelessdignity.org.