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Intern with ETAN

Organize for human rights!

Work with us for human rights and justice!

The East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) is seeking creative, committed and enthusiastic people to join us as interns.

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, and democratic development of Timor-Leste, one of the world's newest nations. ETAN supports human rights and democracy in Indonesia. Current projects campaigning for justice for past human rights crimes, supporting self-determination for West Papua, opposing security 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 vary depending on our needs and 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;
  • Attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple tasks;
  • Flexibility to respond to changing tasks;


  • Ability to fluently or proficiently speak, read and/or write in Tetun, Portuguese, or Indonesian is a plus;
  • Experience in graphic design, web design and website maintenance and/or ceating memes also a plus.
  • Experience with producing webinars and/or short videos for TikTok and other social media is also a plus


While ETAN can not pay interns, but we can work with your school program to receive 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 your 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!