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Internship Opportunity: Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Division Intern

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Washington D.C.

Sector: Advocacy

Start Date: Summer 2019

Wage or benefits: Internships are unpaid. However, students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for at least 8 weeks

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years (senior standing preferred), including graduate students  

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Organization website: https://www.hrw.org/

Brief Description of the organization:

Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. We are roughly 450 people of 70-plus nationalities who are country experts, lawyers, journalists, and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need. We direct our advocacy towards governments, armed groups and businesses, pushing them to change or enforce their laws, policies and practices. To ensure our independence, we refuse government funding and corporate ties. We partner with organizations large and small across the globe to protect embattled activists and to help hold abusers to account and bring justice to victims.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student intern for summer 2019 in the Washington, D.C. office. Ideally, the candidate will be available beginning in early to mid-May 2019 through July 2019 (dates and hours are flexible). The student will intern closely with staff in the Women’s Rights Division, assisting with research and advocacy on public health issues in the U.S., including child marriage and the human papillomavirus (HPV). The intern will build skills in research methodology and advocacy in relation to key women’s rights issues in the U.S. and will also gain experience working with an international non-profit organization.

Internships are unpaid. However, students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.

Responsibilities: The internship will focus on assisting with research and advocacy projects surrounding public health issues related to women’s rights in the U.S, including child marriage. The intern will learn and build skills in: conducting desk research; collecting and analysing data; and drafting documents. Other projects may be assigned as they arise to match the intern’s interests and abilities.

Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate (senior standing preferred) or graduate students for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights. Relevant coursework and previous experience in public health, women’s rights, and human rights is desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office and internet applications) are 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/cover letter, and a brief writing sample. Please upload all materials as PDF files. 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 recruitment@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

See https://recruiting.ultipro.com/HUM1004HRW/JobBoard/1f3f0ff9-99fb-4df2-8d3b-d832e12107eb/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=bb74f9c0-6299-4d1d-887e-a62893364acb for more details.

This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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