Spring Intern, Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa

Hours per week

10-20 hours per week



Start Date



300 Cadman Plaza West
New York
United States



The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. For more information, please visit our website: www.ssrc.org.

Launched in June 2011, the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program responds to a shortage of well-trained faculty in African higher education. The program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The program assists fellows to develop research opportunities and skills, obtain doctoral degrees, and participate in robust research communities. Toward this end, the project features a thematic focus in order to renew research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, this project complements foundation initiatives to develop and strengthen the next generation of African scholars.

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program seeks an intern to amplify and diversify the program’s online presence through social media, a WordPress website, publications on various SSRC platforms, and features of members of the Next Gen current cohort and alumni network. The intern will work with program staff to develop new and engaging content that features the work of the program, including but not limited to interviews, the creation of infographics, social media graphics, and articles for a WordPress website. This internship will require the ability to work at the SSRC Brooklyn Heights office for 10-20 hours per week over approximately three months. This is an unpaid internship, with a monthly stipend for travel and expenses.


·        Pursuing or holding a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or related humanities or current enrollment in a degree program; an interest in African studies, international relations, peace studies, or other related fields is ideal

·        Experience with communications and publicity efforts, including through social networking services

·        Experience with graphic design and an interest in creative presentation of information both on WordPress and on social media

·        Proficiency with web publishing platforms and Internet resources; familiarity with WordPress a necessity

·        Interest in and knowledge of Africa and/or peace, security, and post-conflict development issues

·        Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills with strong attention to detail

·        Proficiency in MS Office and Google Drive

·        Self-motivation, adaptability, and ability to work independently as well as part of a team

·        Skills in graphic design/video editing a plus


·        Contribute to the Next Gen program’s social media strategy by creating content for Facebook and Twitter

·        Write, curate, produce and promote stories, images and videos featuring fellows

·        Manage a WordPress website and create new and interesting content that will engage a wide audience

·        Copyedit content submitted to the program for publication

·        Some administrative tasks as needed


The Social Science Research Council is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are dedicated to equal employment opportunity and to cultivating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. SSRC maintains a policy of non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment with the Council are made on the basis of competence, skill and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, creed, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin/ancestry, ethnicity, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital or domestic partner status, medical conditions (including pregnancy and/or genetic information) or physical or mental disability, citizenship status or any other categories prohibited by law.