Work with Us: Community Manager, Investigators and Internships

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InSight Crime, a think tank dedicated to the study of organized crime and citizen security in the Americas, is seeking Community Manager, Interns and Investigators to join its dynamic, multinational team.

Call for Investigators in Brazil

InSight Crime is looking for investigators, with backgrounds in either journalism, field research programmes, NGOs, or government entities. We are offering a 12-month contract worth between $800 and $2500 a month depending on experience and time commitment, with the possibility of this being extended.

Requirements:

  1. Write articles/reports to the highest standards, following the InSight Crime style manual
  2. Investigate 15 different criminal economies tracked by InSight Crime.
  3. Investigate and profile criminal actors.
  4. Track and explain the government’s strategies to tackle organized crime.
  5. Gather all available data from government and civil society actors on criminal dynamics.
  6. Prepare interviews and field trips for InSight Crime investigative teams when they visit the country and accompany them.
  7. Conduct interviews for InSight Crime.

Suitable candidates should have:

  1. At least three years’ investigative experience in the country.
  2. Have working English and Spanish and be native in one of them.
  3. A wide range of contacts in the country in government, the security forces, the judiciary, and civil society.
  4. Intimate knowledge of the country, especially the frontier region of the Tri-Border Area.
  5. The ability to work remotely.
  6. The ability to carry out detailed field research.
  7. Graduate or post-graduate qualifications.

Please send CVs and covering letters to pmccafferty@insightcrime.org and msalazar@insightcrime.org


 

Community Manager

Job Description

InSight Crime is seeking a Community Manager to lead the Foundation’s efforts across all relevant social media platforms. This position is responsible for increasing visibility and awareness of InSight Crime’s impactful editorial content, projects and overarching mission.

This hire will be at the forefront of how InSight Crime engages with its audience through its website and social media accounts. Fully fluent in English and Spanish, the right candidate will have an understanding of how to bolster a media platform’s online reach, as well as how to interact with diverse audience segments (general public vs. experts).

This position will also be in charge of maximizing InSight Crime’s network of media partners, academic contacts and more, creating opportunities for articles and investigations to have as broad a reach as possible.

Key Skills:

1. Between one and three years of experience in rolling out complete social media and communication campaigns across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, both within overarching long-term priorities and specific short-term goals.

2. Proven ability to analyze a company’s social media needs and build appropriate strategies, while respecting core values.

3. Experience in social media campaigns and brand reach on a day-to-day basis.

4. Expertise with Hootsuite and WordPress essential.

5. Familiarity with photo and video design in a social media context and how to adapt existing visual content for social media consumption.

6. Fluent Spanish and English.

7. Experience within a media company and keen interest in regional affairs strongly preferred.

Responsibilities:

1. Develop strategy to maximize InSight Crime impact and reach in all projects and as an organization.

2. Help to guide and implement social media and communication campaigns to align with InSight Crime editorial priorities.

3. Set detailed, achievable follower growth targets for all platforms and for InSight Crime Newsletter.

4. Measure interactions and engagements with varied types of content.

5. Identify and apply best ways to vary content and types of engagement (articles, retweets, standalone photos or videos, etc), specific to Facebook and Twitter.

6. Maintain constant awareness of relevant trending topics and push editorial content to enter ongoing conversations on Twitter and Reddit.

7. Break down InSight Crime coverage by tag or theme and track popularity/engagement of each over time.

8. Help prepare and upload InSight Crime podcasts to WordPress and understand how to best circulate them on social media.

9. Identify and engage with key figures within relevant Latin American institutions, media and governments (journalists, researchers, officials)

10. Collaborate closely with editors, researchers and designers to design press kits for InSight Crime projects and investigations.

Please send CVs and covering letters to info@insightcrime.org


Research and Writing internship

Background

InSight Crime invites qualified candidates to apply for our internship program, which has three cycles that correspond to the United States’ academic calendar: spring (January to May), summer (May to August) and fall (September to December). Applications must be submitted by December 1 for the spring term, by April 1 for the summer term, and by August 1 for the fall term.

Please send all application materials with subject heading “InSight Crime Internship” to info@insightcrime.org, including: a CV, cover letter and two short English language writing samples, preferably on a topic related to organized crime and/or Latin America. Due to the nature of the internship, we are only able to accept native English speakers. For internships in our Spanish side, please click here. The internship can be completed remotely.

We almost exclusively use the internship to recruit our full-time writers and field investigators. However, we sometimes do offer full-time job positions, so do not hesitate in sending us your application material. Please click here or see below for further details on our current vacancies.

Para practicantes en español

Description:

InSight Crime’s internship program is designed to give candidates experience in researching, reporting, and writing for an investigative think tank that focuses on organized crime in the Americas. The chosen candidates will also deepen their knowledge of organized crime and security policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our internships are unpaid, but they have flexible hours and provide an excellent opportunity to work in a fast-paced, challenging work environment with experts in their field and a dedicated team.

Upon completion of a successful internship, the intern can secure professional references from our directors, who have many years of experience in the field of journalism and security analysis. Check with your university to see if an internship at InSight Crime might be eligible for college credit or if InSight Crime can assist in this regard.

Duties:

  • Update, help draft and edit content, which includes profiles of countries, criminal groups, and major personalities in organized crime;
  • Translate articles from our Spanish-language site and partner organizations for publication;
  • Perform desktop research for special InSight Crime projects and investigations;
  • Write News Briefs – short articles of 300 to 400 words that provide analysis on breaking news;
  • Once comfortable with News Briefs, an intern may be asked to produce longer News Analysis articles, which are likely to require interviews and more in-depth research;
  • Other tasks as requested.

Qualifications:

InSight Crime seeks interns with previous writing experience, a strong academic background and great research skills, fluency in Spanish and a dedication to accurate, in-depth reporting. Our candidates will be asked to complete tasks that test their writing and editing skills, ability to work under pressure, and analytic capabilities, before any final decision is made. Below are educational, professional, and scheduling requirements.

Requirements:

  • Available at least 20 hours a week, primarily in the morning hours (7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., approximately, Colombian time), and able to commit to the time period from early January through May for the spring term, May to August for the summer term and September to December for the fall term;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a subject related to InSight Crime’s field of research (preferably Latin American Studies, Sociology, Economics, History, Political Science or Journalism)*;
  • Strong English-language writing samples;
  • Native English speaker; highly competent in written and spoken Spanish.

Desired:

  • Working towards a higher degree (Master’s or equivalent) in journalism, Latin American Studies, political science, history, sociology, criminology or have prior professional experience in a related field;
  • Some competency in Portuguese;
  • Prior experience writing for an online publication or equivalent;
  • Copy editing skills;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress or equivalent content management system, Photoshop or other graphics program.

Our Expectations:

From the moment they start, InSight Crime interns are folded into the day-to-day of our flagship project: researching, writing and publishing material for its English and Spanish websites. Because of the high standards of the organization, the fast pace of the work, and the challenging nature of what we do, there is a lot of pressure placed on interns. Those who do not perform well under pressure are advised to steer clear of this internship.

Those who thrive in high-expectation, high-pressure environments will get the type of immediate work experience that few other internships offer.

In return, InSight Crime expects its interns will:

  • Be committed to the project during the hours they are working with us (we work remotely);
  • Conduct themselves with honesty and integrity;
  • Reveal any potential conflicts of interest;
  • Have the flexibility and wherewithal to throw themselves into numerous and varied tasks;
  • Teach us and help us improve our core product, and our ability to offer the best internship we can.

*Strong candidates who are in the late stages of completing a Bachelor’s program may be considered.

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