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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Opportunities available in China, Jordan, Lebanon, United Kingdom, and Germany

There will be a maximum of 4 volunteers per project site and priority will be given to preferences of those who sign up earlier. Individuals with pre-existing knowledge, connections or language capabilities for the desired destination will be given preference.

Sector: Advocacy and Social Justice

Start Date: Summer 2019

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

US$2500 per participant, with the funds going to support the projects with the women and children refugee participants. Participants are encouraged to fundraise an additional US$1500-3000 depending upon site location to cover flight/ lodging/ incidental expenses. Scheherzade offers training on alternative fundraising options for cost of program. More details will be provided during the program webinar.

Time Commitment: 2 weeks, including 4 days intensive training on theatre facilitation techniques and how theatre is used in social change situations and 6-day workshop with 20 refugee women or children in either a refugee camp or a summer school program for refugees or migrants in the UK, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, or China

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years including graduate students

Desired Major or Interest: Theatre, Government, Policy

Application Deadline: Early Selection deadline 3/31/19, Regular Selection deadline 4/30/19

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Brief Description of the organization:

Leverage your theatre or program management skills to empower migrants and refugees while learning the latest in participatory theatre techniques! This is a unique volunteering project for those interested in getting hands-on experience at the intersection between theatre and social change.

Founded in 2003, Hua Dan and its sister organization Scheherazade Initiatives have pioneered a unique way of using participatory theatre as a tool to work with migrant and refugee populations around the world. To date, they have worked with over 32,000 women and children migrants and refugees across the world. CEO Caroline Watson is a world expert in participatory approaches to using theatre and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Miller Center Social Entrepreneur and a Waldzell Architect of the Future for her pioneering work.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

This summer, YOU can have the opportunity to work directly with a group of refugees and migrants, during a 2-week-long program using this revolutionary theatre and civic engagement method. Under the guidance of Scheherazade CEO Caroline Watson, you will work in partnership with a local organization in the UK, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon/ Turkey or China to execute your own civic engagement theatre program.

Qualifications include: Theatre students, Government and Policy students, undergraduate or graduate students with a passion for social justice and civic engagement and the desire for field experience, and undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in immigration, refugees, migrant rights and project management.

How to apply:

The short application includes:

  • A cover letter/statement of interest
  • A resume
  • Answers to 3 short questions (possible to submit a short video)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. See for more details.

This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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