The Asia program of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is looking for a creative and passionate intern who will be closely involved in the program, learning about RRI’s work on indigenous and forest communities’ rights to land and natural resources.

The Asia Intern will work closely with and report directly to the Director of the Asia Program, and in coordination with the Associate for Asia. The Asia Intern will actively contribute to the implementation of the program’s strategy in 2017, including communications, outreach, the contracting process, as well as correspondence with organizations in the region.

RRI is a global coalition that supports the developing world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities to secure their rights to own, control, and benefit from the natural resources they have depended on for generations. RRI’s Asia Program fosters cooperation among Partners, Collaborators, and Affiliated Networks in the region to carry out effective advocacy strategy to influence decision makers to prevent negative impacts on forests and collective rights and operate as a unified front to voice their need for secure land rights on national and international stages.

This is a part-time (20 hours per week), paid internship based in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Term: up to six months


  1. Assist the Asia program with communications and outreach.
  • Assist in the liaising with Communications & Outreach staff to ensure key Asia information and success stories are readily available on RRI’s website and social media.
  • In coordination with the Communications team, assist the Asia team to craft, post, and maintain event pages and blogs.
  1. Assist the Director and the Associate in preparation of the annual contracting process.
  • Support in the review of budgets for the contractual process of 2017.
  • In coordination with the Associate, draft contracts and amendments for the implementation of RRI’s 2017 strategy in Asia.
  • Assist in the preparation and documentation of the analysis of Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) proposals.
  1. Support the Asia program with specific research and projects as needed.
  • Assist with background research for the development of institutional reports and analyses.
  • Assist with research for specific regional country activities as assigned by the Program Director and Associate.
  1. Assist with editing reports for monitoring and evaluation of the Asia program strategy.
  • Assist in reviewing deliverables from Partners’ and Collaborators’ reports of the 2016 strategy.
  • Write short summaries of results and impacts of Partners’ and Collaborators’ reports.


  • Demonstrated working knowledge about the Asia region required; knowledge of forestry, environmental sciences, Indigenous Peoples and natural resources management is an advantage.
  • Working ability in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in one of the following areas: political science, environmental studies, forestry, natural resource management, or similar area of study.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills;  professional-level writing and speaking in a South Asian language and/or Chinese is preferred.
  • Flexibility to work independently in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that established deadlines are met on a wide variety of tasks.
  • Excellent time management capability.
  • A professional, collegial, and cheerful demeanor.
  • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate responsibility and interest as a member of the Asia team.
  • Ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, beginning immediately. The subject line of the email must read: “Asia Intern 2017.”

Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

1) Why you are interested in the internship.

2) How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the internship and support Rights and Resources’ mission.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as the coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.