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Intern with ETAN

Organize for human rights!

The East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) is seeking interns.
Work with us for
human rights and justice!

What is ETAN?

For more than 30 years, ETAN has worked in solidarity with the peoples of East Timor (Timor-Leste), West Papua, and Indonesia. ETAN advocates justice for past rights violations, genuine self-determination for East Timor, and democratic development of one of the world�s newest nations. ETAN supports human rights and democracy in Indonesia. Current projects include advocating for a fair maritime boundary in the Timor Sea, campaigning for justice for past human rights crimes, opposing military assistance to Indonesia, and monitoring the human rights situation in Indonesia, West Papua and Timor-Leste.

What do ETAN interns do?

ETAN interns actively assist the movements for justice in solidarity with the peoples of  Indonesia, West Papua, and Timor-Leste (East Timor).

ETAN interns gain experience, skills and knowledge in the areas of policy and political advocacy, international politics, writing, editing, media, fundraising, and organizing.

We are small office, so intern responsibilities will be varied depending on your skills and interests. These responsibilities can include research, writing and editing; helping with outreach via social media, maintaining and building relations with the media, other organizations and grassroots activists; administrative tasks; and monitoring and analyzing news and developments in Indonesia, West Papua and East Timor. Interns also participate in educating decision-makers, fundraising, organizing events, and other necessary tasks. Interns will help maintain and expand ETAN's presence in social media and the internet.

Interns work in New York City or remotely.

Qualifications/Required Skills
  • Commitment to ETAN's mission;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Proficiency in social media;
  • Self-starter with an ability to take initiative and to both work independently and with others;
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and to juggle multiple tasks;
  • Flexibility to respond to changing tasks;
  • Ability to fluently or proficiently speak, read and/or write in Tetun, Portuguese, or Bahasa Indonesia is a plus;
  • Experience in web design and website maintenance also a plus.


While ETAN can not pay interns, but we can work with your school program for credit. We may also be able to reimburse some internship-related expenses.

Length of Internship

Flexible, minimum one month

Hours Per Week

10 or more hours/week

How to Apply

Applications are accepted at any time and starting dates are flexible. To apply, please e-mail resume and writing sample, along with a cover letter explaining your reasons for applying and highlighting any relevant experience.

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
Tel. 914-690-4391; email:

We look forward to hearing from you!