Internship Stories: Making A Difference for People in Haiti

April 25, 2018

Ashlie BermudezBy Ashlie Bermudez (CAS/Pardee’19), Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program

During the Fall 2017 semester I worked as a Development and Communications Intern at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). IJDH is a Boston-based non-profit organization focused on improving the condition of Haiti and its people. In addition to the Boston-based office, IJDH also collaborates with its Haiti-based partner, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), located in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Together IJDH and BAI work with grassroots organizations throughout the world to promote human rights in Haiti.

In order to fulfill its mission, the organization participates in several projects to ameliorate the experiences of Haitian people throughout the world. These projects include promoting women’s rights, fair elections, civic engagement, justice for the victims of cholera, as well as offering training to recent Haitian law school graduates. All of these projects have proven to be extremely beneficial and greatly assist in the struggle for justice and human rights in Haiti.

As a Development and Communications Intern, my daily tasks included: creating content for the organization’s social media platforms, attending staff meetings, working on team projects and staying up to date on Haitian current events. Overall, interning at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti has been one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had thus far. The most fulfilling work I did at IJDH involved compiling a list of endorsers for a letter sent to President Trump urging him to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of Haitians. In addition to doing fulfilling work, I also got the chance to work with amazing people, the IJDH staff. The Boston office staff, although quiet small, consists of some of the most passionate, hardworking and humble people I have ever met and all of the work they do for Haiti continues to inspire me today.