October 15, 2019

Emerging Ombuds Network Seeks Input on Internship Toolkit

EON, the group that advocates for and supports the development of emerging Ombuds and the Ombuds profession, is developing a set of resources to guide the creating of internship programs. An intership in an established Ombuds office is a significant learning experience for aspiring Ombuds. Yet many Ombuds are reluctant to take on an intern because of the time commitment and unfamiliarity with internships in general. If developed, EON's toolkit could benefit many.

Here's the full announcement from EON:
Have you successfully offered an internship in your ombud office? Have you undertaken an internship in pursuit of an ombud career? Would you like to offer an internship but don’t know how?
We need your input.
The Emerging Ombuds Network (EON) is building a toolkit to support the development of ombuds internships. Its purpose is to clarify and simplify the process of offering an internship by aggregating resources within a coherent framework. A draft outline of the toolkit is available online here via Google Drive, where anyone can view, comment upon, and directly add to the document (please resist deleting existing content, however).
We are particularly keen to get sample documents (e.g., confidentiality agreements, job postings, scopes of work, etc.) that can be used as templates or exemplars. There are places to upload such documents linked in the toolkit outline.
There is also a database of known internship opportunities: Please add to it if you can.
This is an open-source project coordinated by EON. The more people contribute, the better the toolkit will be. The outline is open for modification until November 1, 2019. After that, we will begin assembling the final product, which we hope to have completed in late 2019/early 2020.
Questions or concerns? Contact mary.conger@gmail.com any time.
(Google Docs.)

Related posts: IOA Posts List of Regional and Sector Ombuds Groups.


  1. Thank you, Tom! I encourage everyone to click on that "(Google Docs)" link and weigh in.

  2. this will also be so helpful to those of us who would like interns in our offices

  3. This is a great initiative!