Volunteer and Internship Sign-Up Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering or interning with Catalytic Communities / RioOnWatch! Please fill in the form below and email us a letter and/or CV to volunteer@catcomm.org so we can schedule a meeting. Note that both internships and volunteer positions normally require Portuguese proficiency and a minimum 3-month commitment. Exceptions are only made for specific skills which can be well applied without Portuguese or a significant timeframe.

Internships require a 20-30 hour/week (15 hours is accepted in some cases) commitment whereas volunteer positions vary depending on volunteer availability and organizational need. Interns are expected to participate in weekly staff meetings and act as part of the staff, whereas volunteers are invited to monthly volunteer meetings. Interns are assigned larger projects with various components, and are expected to produce documented work every two weeks, whereas volunteers are asked to provide support on an ad hoc basis based on a specific applied skill. No matter how you get involved, working with us you will learn about community organizing, affordable housing, inclusive planning and human rights 'from the inside' in the rapidly-transforming developing city context that is Rio de Janeiro today.

Any questions, please email us at volunteer@catcomm.org. And once again, thank you for seeking us out and sharing your skills and passion on behalf of Rio's favelas. We look forward to working with you to affect urban change on behalf of Rio de Janeiro's communities, and increasingly serve as a model for inclusive integration of cities around the world.

Note 1: If you've got your own research project but would like to collaborate with us, please contact us as a potential collaborator rather than volunteer or intern. And if you are gung ho about helping but don't meet the requirements above, do reach out and we can see what can be done.

Note 2: We do not take new interns or volunteers during the months of November, December or January of each year. This is because we are in the process of closing out one year and beginning the next, and there is no opportunity for new engagement at this time. New interns are welcome to apply during this period, however, to begin in February.

Note 3: We do not always respond to new internship requests on a timely basis. This is because we have three general "seasons" when we welcome new intern groups: February, May/June and September. So normally we reach out to new interns in November, April, and August, respectively. If awaiting contact in November/April/August does not fit with your schedule because you are available immediately, please email us at volunteer@catcomm.org with "IMMEDIATE INTEREST INTERNSHIP" in the title. Regardless, please do register your interest. We check in on upcoming internship requests regularly. Thanks for your understanding.

THANK YOU!
-- CatComm Team

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