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.
Location - Washington, DC
Job Description and Responsibilities
This internship provides an opportunity for a graduate student to intern in our Washington, DC office with the Advocacy Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”). The Washington Advocacy Division focuses on Human Rights Watch’s work on US policy on human rights, including foreign and counterterrorism policy. This will involve monitoring developments in the US Congress, as well as the Departments of Defense and State and other government entities. The intern will track and analyze bills, and legislation affecting human rights and US foreign policy, attend hearings and other events, as needed, and draft updates for regional staff, and monitoring ongoing developments. Interns will also be asked to attend other events around town, do background research on particular issues and government policies.
Other projects can be assigned as they arise and match the student's interests and abilities. Ideally, the intern will commit to 20-30 hours per week for a period of three months or more starting on or about September 8, 2015.
This 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.
The intern must be a graduate student for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights, especially concerning US domestic and foreign policy and the workings of the US government. Experience working in Congress or otherwise analyzing and researching legislation, as well as knowledge of US foreign policy and international affairs, are highly desirable. Relevant coursework is highly desirable and knowledge of another language, especially French, is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.
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.
How to Apply and Deadline:
Please apply immediately or by August 21, 2015 by sending a letter of interest, resume and two names or letters of reference (no calls or email inquiries, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your letter of interest should indicate the days and hours you will be available. Please use “Advocacy Internship-DC” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.
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.