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Internship/volunteer opportunities

MIGS offers internships throughout the year when positions are available.

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of the team
  • Ability to take intiatives
  • At least a completed BA  in political science, sociology, communications, or journalism.
  • Fluency in other languages welcomed (e.g. French, Arabic, Russian, Swahili).  
  • MIGS expects interns to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours a week to their internship. 
  • Please note that this is a non-remunerated internship but students may get university credit in exchange

If you would like to apply for an internship, please send your CV to Marie Lamensch at Please specify which project interests you and how you can contribute to its development.


Call for Applications


All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity

Groupe Parlementaire Multipartite pour la Prévention du Génocide et autres Crimes Contre l’Humanité

MIGS/Genocide Prevention Group Parliamentary Intern

Term: 15 September 2016 to 15 June 2017

Organizational background:

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity (GPG) is a group of Parliamentarians from all parties in the House of Commons and the Senate who have a common interest in the prevention of genocide and crimes against humanity. Its mandate is to improve Canada’s efforts to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, to increase the flow of information available to Parliamentarians on these and related matters, and to communicate and collaborate with like-minded organizations both domestically and internationally. To ensure impartiality, the GPG’s executive is composed of one Vice-Chair from each officially recognized political party in Parliament and a Chair elected by its membership.

Position description:

Under the supervision of the Chair and with support and guidance from staff in the offices of GPG members as well as from staff from the GPG’s institutional partner, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, the intern will be responsible for the daily administration of the GPG as well as the organization of special events. In addition, the intern will serve as a conduit for information of direct relevance to the role of parliamentarians in the prevention of mass atrocities, compiling news and resources produced both by the media and civil society organizations, and packaging it for distribution to GPG members.


Specific responsibilities:

Research and events

• Meeting preparation and follow up (arranging the logistics, agenda and documentation for

Executive and Group meetings; taking minutes and following up on action items);

• Special event organization on mass atrocity crimes (preparation for special events, such as consulting with civil society groups and identifying potential presenters, making logistical arrangements, sending invitations, tracking RSVPs, and drafting documentation and policy briefings);

• News surveillance and monitoring on mass atrocity crimes (gathering information on situations of concern or potential concern and distributing it to members); 

• Relationship building (networking with GPG’s institutional partner the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and other  civil society organizations to ensure the Genocide Prevention Group receives up-to-date information on situations of concern);

• Website updating and maintenance of other social media outlets;

General Office management

• General office correspondence and communications;

• Financial administration (tracking expenses and income and managing a budget);

• Membership services (maintaining a current membership list, responding to questions about the group);




The preferred candidate would:

• Be enrolled in a graduate program in a related discipline in the Ottawa area;

• Be fluent in both English and French;

• Be a Canadian citizen or be a permanent resident of Canada;

• Have experience fundraising;

• Have very well-developed communication and writing skills;

• Have strong research skills;

• Be able to work in a professional and impartial manner;

• Have experience working on Parliament Hill;

• Work well in a team environment;

• Be self-starting, able to work without continual supervision;

• Have a proven track record of working in a leadership position, or be able to demonstrate leadership qualities;

• Be able to prioritize tasks and delegate effectively;

• Be able to manage a budget; and

• Have knowledge of international law and current issues in international affairs.


Hours and salary:

• The intern will work an average of 15 hours per week at a salary of $15 per hour (approximately $900 per month).


Application process

Please send an email with attached copies of your CV and cover letter to no later than August 15th 2016.

MIGS will contact the top applicants and hold interviews in Ottawa during the first two weeks of September.


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