Summer Internships at Social Accountability International

Social Accountability International (SAI) advances human rights at work, driven by diverse perspectives to navigate evolving labor issues.  We design and implement innovative processes that empower and inspire stakeholders and facilitate partnerships.

SAI is a leader in implementation: documenting social accountability standards, delivering practical tools and building capacity for organizations to implement such standards.  SAI develops partnerships to train workers, managers, auditors, government agency staff and NGOs, using key tools such as the SA8000 Standard, on-line Social Fingerprint, handbooks for implementation of UN and IFC principles, corporate membership and a variety of professional development courses such as building worker-manager teams, professional development for auditors, and advanced capacity development for facility and supply chain managers.  SAI Corporate Members include Gucci, HP, Walt Disney Company, Tchibo, Timberland, Otto and Eileen Fisher.  Its work is funded by the US, Dutch, German and UK government aid agencies, by fees for training courses and member services, by foundations and individuals, and by companies seeking ethical working conditions in their supply chains. 

We’re always looking for talented and ambitious interns to join our team.  Interns assist in all aspects of the organization with focuses from researching labor trends and data analysis of our programs, to creation of pragmatic tools and resources.  If you’re passionate for human rights in the workplace, join us in one of these areas.

Program Areas

  • Training & Capacity Building Programs (25-40 hrs/wk)
    • You will gain firsthand experience in what it takes to manage largest program in our organization.
    • You will research best practices and help create course materials and e-learning modules for our professional development series.  
    • You will help keep track of our course logistics in 12+ countries and support the maintenance of the overall course materials.
  • SA8000 Standard (25-40 hrs/wk)
    • You will support in the research and creation of SA8000:2014 Standard materials, focusing on building up the current materials in order to support SA8000-certified organizations.
    • You will assist in the production of communication materials to promote SA8000 and to help make the business case for the Standard.
    • You will research poignant labor issues that require additional guidance.
  • Corporate Programs (15-25 hrs/wk)
    • You will gain an in-depth understanding on how our corporate members have used SA8000 and Social Fingerprint.
    • You will assist in analyzing corporate member data from the program’s inception to now.
    • You will analyze the needs of our corporate members and help create tools and resources 
  • Marketing & Communications (15-25 hrs/wk)
    • You have an interest in branding and communications, and will help SAI tell our story to the world.
    • You have experience with websites and will gain experience with Google analytics. 
    • You are a social media wiz and can learn how to best utilize programs and software to gain wide reach.  

Qualifications and Skills

  • You are preferably a current undergraduate or graduate student.
  • You have the education and experience to back you up in the program area you're applying for.
  • You stay up to date on labor issues and are able to analyze how it may affect SAI.
  • Your attention to detail is impeccable, you can work independently, and can meet deadlines effectively.
  • You have strong writing and research skills, and are interested in the field of business and human rights, corporate social responsibility, and business risk analysis.
  • You are preferably fluent in another language, so you can help us write and translate marketing/communications materials.
  • You are flexible and willing to help the organization in various program areas as needed.

Start Date

You can commit a minimum of 2 months (8 weeks – preferably beginning June 1st, but can we work out a flexible start date) and the allotted timeframe for your program area of interest. 

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing: what program area you’re interested in, how/why you will contribute to the program’s success, and how this experience will further your education and career goals. Please email your application to [email protected] with the following in the subject line:

Summer Intern 2015 – (Program area that you’re applying for)” 

This is an unpaid internship – but is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience at an international non-profit with a bold mission. We will gladly work with you to give you academic credit for your experience if applicable.

Location: New York

Salary: Unpaid

Contract: Minimum of 2 months, preferably beginning 1 June 2015

Closing date: Rolling applications

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