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Our friends at the Human Rights Foundation might have a position that’s right for you! Right now, there are a few positions open, ranging from a Communications Specialist (requires two years’ experience in communications, journalism, or public relations) to a variety of internships.

Internships currently open are:

  • Legal Intern: Under the guidance of HRF attorneys, the interns will research from diverse sources of legal information, including treaties, international decisions, domestic legislation and decisions, government and institutional records, academic papers, journals, etc. They will draft memoranda memorializing the results of research, and may also assist in drafting other articles and writings related to international human rights.
  • Conferences and Event Intern: The event intern will work closely with the Freedom Forum program team on event coordination related to the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum, which will take place May 22-24, 2017, as well as other events hosted by HRF. Main tasks will include conference logistics, including booking travel and arranging visa applications for international attendees, as well as drafting social media posts and researching speakers and performers.

If you’ve got a strong passion for individual rights and want to make a difference in the world, consider applying for one of these great opportunities. Click here for more information and instructions to apply. 

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The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, one of our partner organizations and a group that does great work correcting the record on communism, has two events coming up in the next few weeks that are definitely worth checking out. Both are in Washington, DC, so if you’re in the area, consider attending!

First, this Sunday, they’ll be holding a vigil for the victims of the Fidel Castro regime after his death on November 25th. You can find out more and RSVP to the Facebook event here. Here’s the full event description:

“The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation invites you to join us in commemorating the thousands of victims who suffered and died at the hands of the Castro regime in Cuba. A candlelight vigil will take place on December 4th, 2016 at 4:30 PM at the Victims of Communism Memorial on the corner of New Jersey and Massachusetts Avenues in Washington, DC.

We ask that you join us in standing with the Cuban people, remembering their past suffering, and hoping that this event marks the beginning of a truly democratic future for the island.”

Then, next week, you can attend the US premiere of “The Bleeding Edge” — a new film about censorship and organ farming in China at the E Street Cinema. The event will feature a screening of the film as well as a Q&A with Director Leon Lee and Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin. The screening takes place on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 pm and you can find more information on the Facebook event page.

VOC recommends that you reserve your ticket here in advance as tickets are expected to sell out due to extremely limited seating.

The following is a message from our friends at the Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is looking for rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in experiencing DC first hand this spring. Our program will run from January 9th to April 21st, with opportunities in research and policy promotion.heritage-foundation-logo

Interns work with Heritage experts on foreign and domestic policy issues in such areas as energy and the environment, the rule of law, homeland security, and health care. For those interested in business, Heritage offers the opportunity to work in communications and marketing, development, coalition building and outreach, and government relations.

You can find a full list online that includes the 60 open positions in policy, promotion, business and more.

If you’re interested in the program, or just want to learn more for the future, check it out by visiting www.heritage.org/internships.

Interested applicants should apply by October 1st by filling out our online application. They will also need to submit two letters of recommendation and an official school transcript by the deadline. International students must also submit work authorization.

In addition to the practical experience interns acquire, intern programming offers educational and skill enhancing seminars. Interns regularly attend events where they can meet and talk with the nation’s leading policy-makers, in addition to establishing friendships and contacts that will last a lifetime.

Apply today to spend your spring in DC!

Anyone interested in spreading the ideas of liberty should take part in this great opportunity.

The Great Communicators Tournament is not only an excellent way to practice speaking about the ideas (and possibly win a lot of money) — it’s also a lot of fun! You can speak in favor of any free market or pro-liberty position so long as you make an emotionally compelling moral argument. L9C0103-112-e1473443616493

The first round is conducted online, with additional rounds at in-person events sponsored by Think Freely Media, the State Policy Network, and America’s Future Foundation. The final round will take place on October 26th at DC Improv. 

The 2016 Great Communicator will receive $10,000, 2nd place receives $5,000, and 3rd place will receive $2,500.

Think Freely Media asks that as you formulate your argument, you:

  • take the moral high ground
  • be hopeful and aspirational
  • address the issue of fairness or inequality
  • put the other side on the defense
  • communicate the value of freedom and increase the audience’s demand for it

Check out this page for more information and to register. And see the FAQ page here for any additional questions.

The first round of entries closes promptly at 11:59 pm EST on September 26, 2016. Make sure to submit your entry by then!

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The following is a message from our friends at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. 

FIRE is thrilled to announce that our eighth annual FIRE Student Network (FSN) Conference will take place this year from July 15–17 in Philadelphia.

FIREFIRE’s annual conference is a weekend-long workshop designed to teach students about their rights on campus—and provide the tools to assert and defend them. Our conference brings together college students from around the country and across the ideological spectrum who share a passion for free speech and due process. Attendees will learn to protect and celebrate their civil liberties and will be able to take what they learned at the conference back to their campuses.

In addition to our two keynote speakers, whom we will be announcing soon, the 2016 FSN conference will feature dynamic and interactive workshops by FIRE staff. Working directly with attendees, FIRE staffers will educate students about the First Amendment and provide practical lessons about how to successfully stand up for their rights on campus.

The conference will open with a reception on Friday afternoon and close with lunch on Sunday. It is free to attend and open to current students at U.S. colleges and universities, including graduate students and incoming freshmen. Housing and meals will be provided. Travel reimbursement for up to $300 per student will be available to help students travel to and from Philadelphia.

For more information, visit thefire.org/conference. Space fills up quickly, so apply today! We hope to see you in Philadelphia this summer!