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- Business & Human Rights Intern, DC, USA

Business & Human Rights Intern

Human Rights Watch

Washington, DC 20009 (U Street Corridor area)

Part-time, Internship

Business & Human Rights Intern

Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a law student intern with an interest in corporate accountability, poverty and inequality, and criminal justice, or related fields, who would like to expand their understanding and practical knowledge of human rights. Ideally, the intern will be available for a 10-week period starting in May or June 2019 in our DC office (start date is flexible). The student will intern closely with the division’s Senior Researcher by conducting desk research, analysis, and outreach tasks in the context of ongoing projects related to inequality in the US, predatory practices against the poor, security and extractives, and standard setting at the local, national, and international level.

The internship is unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, interaction with other US organizations and government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. Where available, we recommend that students secure funding through external scholarships and grants. Please check with your academic institution for more information on possible sources of funding.


The internship will primarily focus on:

Research assistance: The intern will use online resources to conduct desk research, including research on companies, reviewing and analyzing media and academic articles, policy papers, legal documents, and NGO reports.
Media monitoring: The intern will monitor ongoing projects and track new developments in the field of business and human rights.
Advocacy activities: The intern will draft research and legal memos, letters, press releases, and other written materials. The intern may also have the opportunity to attend meetings with civil society partners, government agencies, subject area experts, and others.
Additional opportunities:

Direct exposure to the workings of a large, international human rights organization, as well as to the HRW report research, writing, and publication processes;
Orientation and training on organizational and divisional function;
Participation in select in-house events such as a speaker series, and other events organized within the organization, particularly for the interns; and
Possibility to obtain academic credit (students should check with their individual academic institution for requirements).


A successful applicant will demonstrate:

Enrollment in an accredited law program;
A passion for and an eagerness to learn more about human rights and international issues related to businesses and predatory practices against the poor;
An exemplary academic record combined with relevant coursework and/or research/work/clinical/practical experiences;
Self-motivation and precise attention to detail;
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills in English (knowledge of other languages is a plus); and
Computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, internet applications).
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by December 31, 2018 by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest and a brief writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications and the on-going hiring procedure only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

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Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

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.
Job posted on 27 August 2018.

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