We are looking for a new intern!

Internship Opportunity for our Indigenous Education Programme

No longer accepting applications.

Role Description

Looking for a valuable learning experience while making a difference? Join the Rutu Foundation for Intercultural Multilingual Education. We are looking for interns to support the secretariat of the Indigenous-led Education Network (ILED Network)
This is an internship for those who are interested in working with Indigenous leaders in tropical forest regions and who would like to gain experience in  project-management, fundraising, network building & community management, marketing, communication & social media, graphic design, the promotion of Indigenous rights and cultures, research and education (informal, non-formal and formal). We are also curious to hear about what you have to offer: let us know about your interests and talents, so we can discuss together what is possible. 

About us

The Rutu Foundation for Intercultural Multilingual Education is a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands. We work to secure the equal right of all children to a quality education that respects their cultural identity, including their languages.Most education systems are centred around one language and a dominant culture, ignoring and cutting off millions of children from their cultural and linguistic roots. We want to change this.

The Global Network on Indigenous-led Education (ILED) is a growing, collaborative network of organisations in support of Indigenous-led education (informal, non-formal and formal). The network has a wide geographical reach with partners in India, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, Suriname, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The shared intention of these impact-first organisations is to harness the power of Indigenous-led education so that Indigenous communities, especially Indigenous children and youth, become more resilient for the future. The ILED network supports  Indigenous grassroots initiatives that uphold, preserve and pass on their way of life, knowledge and language to Indigenous youth.

For more information, visit our website

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  • Interested in or with a background in Indigenous studies, Indigenous rights, human rights, cultural diversity, decolonization, social sciences, project management, marketing communication, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, graphic design or other relevant field. 
  • A strong motivation, eager-to-learn attitude and someone who enjoys working with a high degree of independence within a diverse team.
  • Other experience such as social media management, demonstrated interest in Indigenous issues and/or education, graphic design and/or photography skills are a plus. 
  • We especially encourage Indigenous youth to apply. This does not mean this vacancy is only for Indigenous peoples, as we are also open to applications from those who identify as non-Indigenous.


  • Based on your profile and interests, the internship consists of one or more of the following tasks: 
  • Storytelling; the creation of multimedia & communication materials and content for our social media; blog posts etc.
  • Research, including conducting and transcribing interviews in which our ILED partners are sharing about their initiatives and challenges/successes. 
  • Assisting with translation from English-Spanish or other languages where relevant.
  • Assisting with the organisation of webinars, knowledge exchanges and regional visits. 
  • Assisting with fundraising, reporting and donor engagement. 
  • Your own personal project.

What do we offer?

  • The chance to work in a small, informal team. Our interns are an integral component of the organisation, and we encourage each intern to develop their own ideas, initiatives and learning goals. 
  • The chance to work in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment. 
  • The chance to learn about Indigenous issues, cultures, rights and inspiring grassroots initiatives around the world.
  • The chance to strengthen your skills in communication and social media, research and/or project management. 
  • The chance to work remotely: we do not expect interns to be based in the Netherlands. Flexible start and end date. 
  • A modest fee. 

How to apply?

Get in touch by sending an email to iledsecretariat@rutufoundation.org. Please attach your CV and motivation, as well as your availability and any other specifics. If you have any questions about the position, you are always welcome to send us an email. 
The Rutu Foundation is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace and actively welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds (such as race, colour, sex, gender identity, religion, belief, sexual orientation, disability, age, health or other).