Elisa Bellotti, Internship at the World Coalition against the Death Penalty
The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty is an alliance of more than 150 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and unions, whose aim is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty. Its ultimate objective is to obtain the universal abolition of the death penalty.
My internship lasted four months, from September to December 2015. It is precisely in that period of the year that the World Coalition’s major campaign takes place: the World Day against the Death Penalty. Hence, one of my task has been to get in touch with the member organisations of the Coalition and to inform them of the topic of the 13th World Day, which aimed to raise awareness on the application of the death penalty for drug-related offences, in order to reduce its use.
In the aftermath of October 10, I monitored and recorded the World Day’s media coverage and the events organized worldwide. The collection and processing of these data has been instrumental to the drafting of the 13th World Day against the Death Penalty’s Report, which has the objective to analyse the campaign’s efficacy.
Moreover, I had the opportunity to work on the moratorium campaign. The World Coalition supports the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the use of the death penalty, as a step towards universal abolition.
The trainee might also be asked to look after the World Coalition’s communication. Therefore, he/she might update the Coalition’s website and its social media. The trainee may also write articles both in English and French, to be uploaded on the World Coalition’s website.
The trainee works closely with the Director and the Administrative and Financial Manager. Thus, he/she has the opportunity to develop diverse skills and to explore different aspects of the daily functioning of an NGO.
An internship period at the World Coalition gives you the possibility to get in touch with numerous non-governmental organisations with an expertise in the promotion of human rights, and it is an enriching experience for anyone interested in the topic.
For anyone interested in a traineeship at the World Coalition, I suggest to check regularly the Coalition’s website and to practice both English and French, since a very good knowledge in at least one of these languages is highly recommended.