Nigerian LGBT Organization Begins Internship Program

Published: August 11, 2011

A Nigeria LGBT organization, The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) has begun a five-month internship program for three young LGBT persons in Lagos state, Nigeria.

Funded by the American Jewish World Service, TIERs has established an internship program that is aimed at developing the potentials of young LGBT persons in any of their chosen career or vocation. In addition, develop their organizational or project management skills.

“These interns will be working with all units of TIERs from August –December 2011. The Objective of this internship is to groom members of the LGBT community in life and career skills that can position them to take up leadership in the community and in their lives.” said Ekene Okwuegbunam, TIERs’ Security Protection Officer and Human Rights program associate.

“Therefore it is intended that they benefit from a range of competencies and experience from all of TIERs units.” Okwuegbunam said.

The internship program is in two phases and will have three persons for each phase. The current phase welcomed two males and one female as pioneering interns. They began on Monday, August 8 with a formal orientation of the TIERs as an organization.

All interns will work directly at different times as assigned in the Human Rights and Sexual health unit of TEIRs, and will be assigned various duties by the associate of that department; interns will however have collective activities and duties that they will be assigned on a needs basis.

Interns will be expected to build skills in the following area: Proposal writing, report writing, program budgeting, project design and implementation, community mobilization and organizing, data collection and analysis and administration.

Interns will submit a monthly progress report by the 25th of every month of the internship period, and a final report by December 16, 2011.

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