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A good place to learn new skills including campaign, media reviews and research skills etc..and help serve the public and international community. I was a volunteer unpaid resource working with a very understanding senior researcher, so when I found a new paid role I moved on...otherwise the job in amnesty was rewarding and good. I assume though the campaign and researcher roles in the long term can be tough - having to deal with the sad human rights violations of this world and sometimes feeling unable to make positive change in individual humans lives or overall human rights of different nations. Probably needs a very giving heart and a very hard mind to deal with it. I assume pay for someone like me in those day was in the region of £25K.
Ability to learn new skills and help the international community of people, learning new local and international legislative process etc.
A very relaxed atmosphere, even when under pressure with deadlines.Very helpful colleagues and an especially helpful Senior Manager.I was made to feel very welcome and that I had made a difference.
Working from home during Covid was very easy. Regular catch ups.
A great history and legacy, but has lost some of its perspective and sense of mission. Too much time is consumed with internal politics and turf issues than the need to engage with the wider world and context of the work. A great movement with incredible potential that is not firing on all cylinders.
The bookshop is a fun and fulfilling place to work, with nice people in the team and at management level. You have the chance to learn and practice all necesary skills in a bookshop, from preparing the books to interacting with clients and operating the till.
Hard to get spots sometimes but very nice if you can. All very nice people to hang around with and they make the day go by fast. Free food is also very nice and there's a good variety of food
Free lunch / travel
Long hours, sometimes travel is a pain.
Soon after finishing my masters of human rights degree, I began work in the research department (specifically the GTI programme) of the International Secretariat. As an intern in this department, I felt valued and part of the team and was given critical research work on the range of the investigations that the team was conducting. I was paid enough to live in London (just about), which is great/unusual for an internship, and found it a friendly, driven and dedicated environment to work in. The application process was lengthy and competitive, involving multiple stages, however this made me appreciate the job more upon getting it. My only complaint (and this is not specific to Amnesty) is that the contract was short term - 6 months - meaning relative job insecurity. While as intern you have the ability to apply for internal roles, it is down to how your luck falls as to whether or not a position becomes available for which you can apply/move in to. Nevertheless, with such an amazing position and organisation on the CV it shouldn't be too difficult to find work after your time there.
Dedicated, hard working, learning curve, surrounded by the best, ability to speak up and take the initiative, generous paid leave, good working hours/work-life balance
Office management were a friendly and supportive team, did feel a little under appreciated from the rest of the building. Creative Art Team had a lot of independence & energy Workshops for visiting youth & university groups. How multi faceted a large charity is & how the departments liaise with each other. Attending AGM, designing & creating the stage banners celebrating 60yrs of Human Rights Directive. Designing, creating & staging protest of Human Rights attended by whole AGM.
Proactive & level of autonomy with decisions
Working as a Street Fundraiser for Amnesty International was a wonderful experience and one that I will cherish for a long time. What I learnt while I was there was how to interact respectfully and engagingly with the public, as well as how to work together with others in order to make a difference in the lives of others, in that I was able to discuss human rights and stress their importance on a daily basis at work. As part of a team, I found it easy to rely on my colleagues and to ensure that they could rely on myself in return. It was often a united and comfortable working environment in which I enjoyed working with others. On a typical day at work, I would meet and engage with a vast array of people, often making each day fun and unpredictable. The most enjoyable part of the job was the satisfaction that came from knowing that I was able to help Amnesty International make a difference by informing others of the aid that they could provide for human rights campaigners by becoming a member of this organisation.
Working in the Strategy and Evaluation team I gathered an understanding of the goals and roles of each member when in the process of an international project. I encountered previous and present projects that the gender and sexuality team have organised and discovered the issues and problems that these projects face in different cultural and conflict areas.
AI is a critically important organisation, and now more than ever as abuses of human rights become widespread. AI is a great place to work but work life balance is hard to maintain. The organisation was having serious industrial relations issues culminating in strikes and protests. Management culture was problematic when I worked there but the people especially the research teams were devoted and selfless. I gained so much by working here and have no hesitation in recommending AI, notwithstanding the issues I highlighted.
Dedicated professional staff
Being out of your comfort zone and pushing yourself. Learning numerous different skills in terms of communication and pitching. Having to adapt your methods constantly due to the huge variety of people you approach.