- Refugee Rights Program Intern, USA

Refugee Rights Program Intern

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Refugee Rights Program of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking a research and development intern for the spring 2019 academic semester in the Washington, D.C. office. Ideally, the intern will be available beginning in mid-January 2019 until May 2019 (dates and hours are flexible.)

Internships are 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 HRW staff, interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic 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.


The internship will primarily focus on:    

    Research Assistance: The intern will conduct desk-based research on human rights abuses affecting refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, focusing on the Middle East and Europe.
    Media Monitoring: The intern will follow the media to monitor references to refugees’ rights in key regions, primarily in the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
    Prospect Research: The intern will contribute to prospect research for both foundational and individual donors.
    Fundraising: The intern will contribute to drafting, designing, and editing fundraising materials which include e-mail newsletters, event invitations, and flyers. The intern may also help with project design memos and other research proposals.

Qualifications: The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term.  Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights. Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office and internet applications) are required.  Excellent oral and written command of English is required. Fluency in Arabic is preferred, but not required.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest, and a writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications 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 governments and international institutions.

Job posted on 20th December 2018
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