- US Program Graduate Intern , USA

US Program Graduate Intern
Human Rights Watch

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student intern in a relevant field with demonstrated interest in international human rights with an emphasis on women’s rights for the fall 2018/spring 2019 semesters in the New York Office. Ideally, the intern will be available to start immediately for a period of three months. The intern will be supervised by the division’s researcher who covers the Americas.

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 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.


This internship will involve legal desk research, literature reviews, and media monitoring of women’s rights issues in the Americas to develop advocacy materials to protect the rights of women.

Qualifications:  Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable. The ideal candidate would have demonstrated research experience and a strong interest in women’s rights. Relevant coursework is highly desirable.  Applicants should be available to intern from the New York office for a period of at least 10 weeks, for a minimum of 12 hours a week, though more hours can be arranged. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. The intern must be a student for the duration of the internship term.  Fluency in Spanish is required. Background in social science methodologies, statistics, or public health is a plus.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org  and attaching a resume, cover letter, 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.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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 2nd November 2018
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