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- US Program National Security Intern (Graduate) - 2017-1519, NY, USA

US Program National Security Intern (Graduate) - 2017-1519

Location: USA – New York, NY  

Description –

POSITION TYPE - Internship/Volunteer
Spring 2018
ID REFERENCE - 2017-1519


The US Program of Human Rights Watch’s ("HRW") is seeking a qualified current graduate-level student (J.D. candidate preferred) to intern for the spring 2018 semester in the New York office. The student will intern closely with the senior national security counsel, who investigates, analyzes and advocates against human rights abuses related to US national security laws, policies and practices. 

The internship is unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer: direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization; close supervision by the HRW staff; opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


This internship will primarily focus on ongoing military detentions and military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; detainee transfers; prosecutions of persons accused of terrorism; accountability for torture and other US abuses committed in the context of counterterrorism efforts; and targeted killings, often with the use of drones. The intern will engage directly with the senior national security counsel and will conduct factual and legal research related to the aforementioned topics. The intern may also contribute to promoting HRW’s advocacy goals, through the press and social media.


The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable with demonstrated research experience. Relevant coursework in national security, familiarity with US counterterrorism policies, and work towards a law degree are desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Excel, and internet applications) are required. Experience with more advanced computer programs that can assemble graphics and compile statistics is highly desirable. 

Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not US permanent residents, US citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. This process can take several weeks and applicants will have to incur their own costs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

About Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

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Posted on 22 November 2017
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