Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Oxfam America

Oxfam America, the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International, is a world leader in the fight against global poverty, hunger, and social injustice. This placement spans more than one department at Oxfam. The Private Sector Department works with companies and corporations so as to promote ethical practices that respect human rights in the developing world. By working with corporations Oxfam America strives to harness the resources and imaginations of both the private and public sectors to reduce inequality, promote social justice and reduce poverty levels. The Organizing & Alliances Department is campaigning to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and increase funding so that poor people can survive the effects of global warming. The Gulf Coast Recovery Department works with local organizations to help communities on the Gulf Coast to rebuild better than they were before . For more information see:

Proposed responsibilities include:

  • monitoring the presidential candidate’s print and electronic media statements about Katrina and the Gulf Coast Recovery
  • playing a major role in planning Oxfam America’s upcoming climate change campaign and conference including event planning, communications, design, research and editing
  • assisting in advocacy about climate change at the July G8 meeting
  • reviewing best practice models with regard to industry standards and certification systems (such as fair trade certification, etc.)
  • building Oxfam America’s internal capacity on issues such as extractive industries, retailers, coffee and pharmaceuticals by arranging panels, facilitating brownbag discussions, and film series for other departments
  • researching for a market access project with Oxfam Hong Kong and Oxfam America’s East Asia Regional Office in developing a pro-poor value chain for bamboo farmers in the Mekong region
  • strengthening Oxfam’s regional office’s legal work by helping to develop outreach materials and facilitating human rights projects with pro bono lawyers
  • participating in staff meetings and strategic planning processes
  • attending internal presentations and other Oxfam department meetings, as interested
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor