STAND celebrates the power of ordinary people to change the world. We support third-level students to stand up for justice and equality, learn more about important global issues, and find out what they can do to take positive action.

We do this by running a range of activities in collaboration with students at third-level campuses across Ireland. We are now looking to expand our team and build on our existing support to empower more students across Ireland to STAND for what they believe in.

We are a not-for-profit initiative run by the educational development charity Suas. We offer both internship and volunteer opportunities. Internships are unpaid, part-time positions with stipends & expenses covered depending on the role. Find out more about each role below. 

STAND News Programme Assistant Internship


The aim of STAND News is to provide a dynamic space for students in Ireland to learn more about global issues while focusing on stories of justice, equality and international development. Our team consists of voluntary students and recent graduates who come from a range of backgrounds but all have one thing in common: a keen interest in global issues and creating positive change. 


The purpose of the STAND News Programme Assistant internship role is to help manage the STAND News online website, with support from STAND staff. The successful candidate will be passionate about global justice, highly organised and willing to learn new skills. The goal of STAND News is to provide informative and engaging content for students and the wider public in Ireland. The internship will be for a minimum of months depending on the successful candidates availability. 



  • Assist in managing team of writers and reporters, including attending monthly editorial meeting
  • Set publication standards and establish goals and expectations
  • Cooperate and liaise with contributors and STAND staff 
  • Suggest stories in line with STAND’s aims and target audience 
  • Edit and improve content and ensure it is checked for style, accuracy and errors
  • Oversee visuals (photography, video, graphics and artwork), including adhering to copyright laws
  • Post stories to website (WordPress) and on social media channels when necessary
  • Monitor and report on monthly online engagement targets (Facebook Insights, Twitter for Business, Google Analytics) 



  • Enthusiasm
  • Appreciation for STAND’s mission and values
  • A keen interest in news, current affairs and people
  • Excellent written communication skills and editing/proofreading skills
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent people skills and an ability to motivate a team



  • Familiarity with updating a website and using social media
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Teams



€50 per week will be paid in order to cover expenses



Please send an enquiry email to aislin@stand.ie or apply here

STAND News Editors + Contributors

STAND News is a not-for-profit online news resource funded by Irish Aid which focuses on issues of justice, equality and international development. Our team consists of students and recent graduates who come from a range of backgrounds but all have one thing in common: a keen interest in global issues and creating positive change.  As a not-for-profit initiative focused on raising awareness and understanding of global justice and equality, all of our STAND News team operate on a volunteer basis. Depending on your role, we ask for a commitment of 1-3 hours per week (working remotely at times convenient to you).

STAND News contributors work with section editors to produce articles currently covering eight section areas: 

  • Opinion
  • Arts & Culture
  • Women
  • Humanitarian
  • Environmental
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Business & Politics
  • Video



 The contributor internship operates on a three-month renewable contract, with individuals required to produce at least one article/video a month.

Our contributors receive training and support from the STAND News team to carry out the following:

  • Generate ideas for stories and features that might interest our readers.
  • Liaise with editors on article titles.
  • Research and verify information to be included in the content of your articles.
  • Interview sources for features or report on relevant events, fairs and conferences (encouraged).
  • Write article text and edit changes as suggested by editors.
  • Update editors and STAND staff on work progress.
  • Stay up-to-date with our consent and ethical guideline recommendations.



The editor internship operates on a six-month contract, with individuals required to produce at least one article/video a month. 

Our editors receive training and support from the STAND News team to carry out the following:

  • Work with the STAND News Editor to plan content and deadlines for your section.
  • Pitch stories to the STAND News Editor and attend the STAND News monthly team meeting.
  • Edit and produce content for your section.
  • Source visuals (photography, video, graphics and artwork) for your content (adhering to copyright laws).
  • Stay up-to-date with our consent and ethical guideline recommendations.


The ideal candidates will be:

  • A great communicator
  • Super organised
  • Full of ideas
  • Passionate about global issues


Simply complete our online application form here. If you are applying for an editor position, please specify which section areas you have an interest in.


STAND Festival Coordinators


The STAND Student Festival is run by students, for students, to raise awareness about the burning issues shaping the world around us. Previously known as the 8×8 Festival, we have been bringing award-winning photography,  film and events to campuses across Ireland every autumn. 

This year’s festival focuses on the theme of RESILIENCE and will celebrate change-makers and trailblazers who have risen up in the face of global challenges, working tirelessly and courageously to bring about change. It will aim to inspire hope, optimism and belief in students that no matter how dark the world may seem, we as global citizens, through our vision and our actions, are resilient – and have the power to influence the future wellbeing of our communities and our world.

For the 2021 festival, STAND will coordinate a range of national online events relating to this theme. Student coordinators will be responsible for bringing the festival to life on their own campuses, through organising online (and offline, if restrictions allow) events. 


This is a volunteer position. STAND, along with a team of coordinators on campus, will create and host a number of events relating to this theme during the week-long festival. Our coordinators receive training and support from the STAND team. 

To maximise the impact of the student festival on campus, we’re recruiting a team of dedicated volunteer Coordinators on each campus. As festival coordinators, you and your team will be responsible for: 

  • Designing and delivering engaging festival events in line with the theme
  • Marketing and promoting festival events on your campus/ online
  • Collaborating with your SU and other student societies to increase awareness and reach of festival events, booking guest speakers etc
  • Supporting STAND in monitoring engagement with the Festival Exhibition
  • Keeping attendance records of events & activities and providing feedback to STAND
  • Increasing the awareness of the STAND brand on campus


  • Experience in event organisation and management
  • Experience in communications and / or marketing 
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Interest in global justice and taking action for a better world 
  • Excellent organisation skills with the ability to multitask


Valuable skills in working as part of a dynamic team to implement global issues activities on your campus. Training will be provided with this role, along with ongoing support from the STAND team to ensure you gain valuable personal and professional skills and experience during your time with STAND.


STAND is a not-for-profit initiative, and as such, this is a voluntary position. There will be monthly planning meetings with the team in the summertime. Once on campus, there is an expected time commitment of four hours per week in the run-up to the STAND Festival and up to eight hours during the week of your campus’ festival.

Submit your application here or follow the link below.