Position : Intern
Working Hours : 20 to 30 hours per week or as discussed
Intern stipend : US$150/- per month
Location : Online within any one of the eleven Southeast Asian countries
Reporting to : Department Head
Peers : Other interns
Qualifications : As a Southeast Asian candidate (preferred), the intern must have a reasonable level of English ability (spoken and written) and, preferably, fluency in one or more Southeast Asian languages. 
Travel Required : None

New Naratif aims to democratise democracy in Southeast Asia. Our fundamental mission is to build capacity for democracy amongst our members and audience. We do this by publishing information, building communities, and empowering people to create positive change. We operate like a hybrid of a creative storytelling studio, community organiser and mobiliser, and a think tank. Learn more about us

About Our Departments

New Naratif has three departments. The Product Department is responsible for everything you see on the website, including articles, essays, fiction, research, artworks, design, and membership building and engagement. The Communications department is responsible for everything you see outside of the website, including social media, newsletters, as well as online and offline events. Finally, the Operations Department is responsible for corporate culture and well-being while ensuring the efficiency of our day-to-day operations.

What you’ll be doing

New Naratif currently has openings for the following internship positions:

i) Design and Content Management Intern

Working under the Product Department, you will be expected to do the following tasks:

  • Assist the Digital Designer on specific design-related tasks, such as preparing images for our social media posts based on available assets, sourcing free-royalty stock photos, helping with the creation of new assets, and other related tasks.
  • Assist the Content Lead on specific backend-related content management tasks, such as uploading, formatting, layouting, tagging, providing image descriptions, working on SEOs, and other related tasks.
  • Assist other colleagues in the distribution and promotion of New Naratif products, events, outputs, and other activities as and when required.

ii) Research Intern

Working with the research team (a sub-team of the Product Department), you will:

  • Report to PJ Thum during your internship for guidance and clarifications regarding your role, responsibilities, and activities.
  • Participate in and contribute to the meetings and discussions within the research  team.
  • Assist research team colleagues and occasionally other New Naratif colleagues on specific research tasks (for example, researching newspapers and other online sources for information, transcribing interviews, conducting literature reviews, populating lists of relevant contacts), etc. 
  • Contribute to the research, writing, production, editing, and publication process of New Naratif’s various research outputs, including The Citizens’ Agenda, Principles of Democracy, the Gender Justice project, the Media Freedom project, and others.

All interns will have the opportunity to sit in on relevant meetings, to speak and be heard, and take part in discussions on New Naratif’s activities.

What you won’t be doing

  • You will not be expected to initiate any tasks, strategies, events etc. by yourself. We’re looking for someone to assist – and learn from – your departmental colleagues. 
  • You will not be expected to be solely responsible for any projects. Being an intern is part of the learning experience and you will be assigned a supervisor.

What we’re looking for

New Naratif is fundamentally a movement for democracy, and our content is geared towards helping build capacity for democracy amongst our members and audience. How we operate, and what we choose to publish, is in service of that goal. Strong candidates will have the following capabilities:

  • Passion for democracy. We want to help cultivate the next generation of Southeast Asians, and to give you an opportunity to understand the work it takes to build democracy in Southeast Asia. We want people who are passionate about empowering Southeast Asians, and who want to give of themselves to make the world better. 
  • Collaboration skills. Our projects have a lot of moving parts. You need to work with people who are working remotely, scattered across Southeast Asia, thousands of miles apart and in different time zones. 
  • Independence. Our work takes place asynchronously and remotely. Although you will be assigned a supervisor, it will often be necessary for you to work independently on specific tasks. 
  • Empathy for the marginalised and voiceless of Southeast Asia. New Naratif is first and foremost a platform for the people of Southeast Asia to imagine and then create a better Southeast Asia. You need to love and understand this region and its history, in all its complexity and diversity. You need to be willing to learn, explore, and grow alongside this region. It means you need to look beyond the borders and boundaries which are currently imposed on us. We want your experience of living in a Southeast Asian country, your connectivity to the communities, knowing everyday local experiences, concerns and challenges which reflect in your work and outputs you supervise. 

Application Process

If you’re ready to gain experience in building capacity for change in Southeast Asia, please send an email to jobs AT with your CV and cover letter. Please state which department you are applying for and how long, ideally, you want your internship to last. Tell us what you would like to learn during your time with us and why New Naratif is the right place for you to learn and grow.

Please provide the names and contact information for two character referees. At least one should be familiar with your recent professional work (e.g. a colleague and supervisor), and neither of whom should be related to you in any way.

If you are applying for an internship to gain educational credits, please include a letter or relevant document from your relevant academic tutor/supervisor/educational institute that affirms that you will be given credit for this internship, and explains clearly the necessary deliverables (e.g. report, evaluation, feedback form, etc.) on the part of New Naratif in order for you to obtain the credit.

Shortlisted candidates will have to undergo an interview. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, we encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible because the process may close once suitable candidates have been found.

More Information

The role is an internship, meaning that you will be given clearly defined and limited tasks and responsibilities, and will report to a designated supervisor within the department. Interns are expected to adhere to company policy and rules, which includes delivering work performance of an acceptable quality, being accountable for assigned tasks and deadlines, and managing one’s schedule to be present for mandatory work meetings.

  • New Naratif is fully remote. We do not have an office. You have to be responsible, communicate and collaborate well online, and be willing to work from home or your own choice of location as long as you are digitally connected with your team and provide the necessary remote supervision and ensure the work schedule is smooth and uninterrupted. 
  • We collaborate chiefly using Google Drive, Google Workspace, and Signal.

Although this role does not entail paid leave, we will observe any local public holidays and are open to discussing your schedule and availability. Please note New Naratif has a four day work week (Monday to Thursday).

New Naratif is a not-for-profit, private company, limited by guarantee, registered in the United Kingdom and Malaysia. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, or disability. We have a strong preference for Southeast Asians who have personal experience of and understand being marginalised and oppressed.

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