Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia
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Interns will support Tenaganita, a Malaysian NGO that protects and promotes the rights of women, migrants and refugees. The activities conducted by Tenaganita are legal aid services, awareness building to various stakeholders, and advocacy. English language internship. Stipend provided.
About the Organization
Tenaganita is a Malaysian NGO that protects and promotes the rights of women, migrants and refugees. Our vision is for a just, free and democratic society where all are equal human beings with dignity and rights. The organization was founded in 1991, and born out of the struggles of women workers in the plantations and industrial sectors to gain their rights as workers; for decent wages, decent living and to stop discrimination and gender based violence.
Since then, Tenaganita’s scope has grown in leaps and bounds and today we address issues of exploitation, discrimination, unequal treatment and violence not just against women, but also refugees and migrant workers.
Currently, our programs cover the following areas: Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP), Migrant & Refugee Rights Protection (MRRP) and Business Accountability & Responsibility (BAR). We work with various migrant communities both documented and undocumented, we reach out to vulnerable groups like the sex workers, trafficked women and children, refugees and plantations workers.
The activities conducted by Tenaganita are legal aid services, awareness building to various stakeholders, and advocacy.
Tenaganita’s Head Office is located in the Malaysia capital of Kuala Lumpur with a branch office on Penang island. Read more at the Tenaganita website.
There are a variety of ways interns can support Tenaganita's programs and each internship will be somewhat guided by each intern's interest. Currently, Tenaganita has support needs in the following areas:
Publications and Resource Development:
This includes the development of materials such as training manuals, toolkits, presentations, report writing etc. Interns will support the program areas and develop materials pertaining to the current issues being worked on at Tenaganita.
This includes preparation of content and content management with the aim of increasing awareness of the current issues at hand.
This includes assisting in the organizing of events such as conferences, workshops, forums, training sessions, etc.
The intern will learn and be exposed to current issues that are being covered by our programs. These include:
• Human trafficking issues
• Issues related to migrants and refugees
• Business accountability and responsibility in the area of Sustainable Palm Oil
• Human Rights
As Tenaganita is the foremost organization in Malaysia on these issues, the intern will get a firsthand insight into the issues and efforts being undertaken to address them. Read a report on an IE3 intern's 6 month internship: A.SpanglerTenaganitaWin-Spr11report.docx.
# of Positions per term
January, April, June or September
Duration of Internship
At least 3 months
Background in Economics, Politics, Gender Studies, International Studies, International Development, Communications, Law, Social Work or any other studies related to their our program areas.
Experience in developing advocacy materials, publications and maintaining websites would be an added advantage. The following skills are highly valued: writing in English, research, resourcefulness, structured and systematic thinking, and knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
Preferred: Those with experience in using Google Applications, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Wordpress, HTML applications, social media.
English is the main medium of communication in the office and also to interact socially. Knowledge of Bahasa Malaysia / Bahasa Indonesia / Mandarin / Tamil will be an added advantage.
Ideally, an intern should have his/her own notebook but a computer terminal (with basic word processing and internet access) can be provided if required. Software: Depending on the work scope, the intern should have access to related software like Illustrator, Photoshop, PDF, FTP, HTML writers, etc. Internet access is available.
Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator.
ALL ESTIMATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
IE3 Program Fee
The IE3 program fee is $3450 for the first term for both in-state and out-of-state students and $1000 for each additional term, regardless of credit earned. You do not pay tuition for the term(s) you are abroad. Visit your University's IE3 page for details, costs for additional terms, and campus administrative fees.
Estimated One-Time Expenses
|International Travel||Approximately $1200|
*See Additional Cost Information below.
Estimated Monthly Expenses
A stipend of 500MYR (approximately $160) per month will be provided.
Learn more about Tenaganita's rich history and programs at http://www.tenaganita.net/.
Read a Summer 2011 intern's final report: JennyLorIE3reportto_share.docx.
Winter and Spring 2011 intern final report: A.SpanglerTenaganitaWin-Spr11report.docx.
Field Notes Postings:
Seeking Justice in Malaysia by Jenifer Gersky: Political Science major with a focus on International Relations and a minor in International Development Studies at the University of Montana (June 15, 2010)