Internship Opportunity: Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Intern, Summer 2018

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: New York, NY

Sector: Non-Profit

Dates: 06/18/18 — 08/10/18

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: Up to 35 hours per week for at least 10 weeks

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years including graduate students

Desired Major or Interest: Human Rights, Immigrant Rights

Application Deadline: March 8, 2018

Organization website:

Brief Description of the organization:

For nearly 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. 

A Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate, PHR is a global organization founded on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to stop human rights violations. PHR's investigations and expertise are used to advocate for the protection of persecuted health workers and medical facilities under attack, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable. 

PHR is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are very excited to be recruiting committed activists with a passion for human rights. Our headquarters are located in New York City, and we maintain offices in Washington, DC and in Boston. 

Brief Description of the Intern's Responsibilities:

Physicians for Human Rights' (PHR) Asylum Program seeks a Summer 2018 intern wishing to gain direct experience in the program's activities as well as long-term data collection and retention projects of a growing international nonprofit. The internship is ideal for someone looking for a career in immigration law, human rights, or nonprofit management. 

The Asylum Program recruits and trains volunteer health professionals to provide evaluations and affidavits to asylum seekers and other immigrants who must provide documentation of torture or abuse in order to prevail in their immigration applications. Hundreds of volunteer clinicians working with PHR have helped thousands of survivors of human rights violations gain asylum and other kinds of permanent status in the United States. 

The asylum intern may be involved in some or all of the following tasks and projects: 
•Drafting de-identified case summaries to be sent to clinicians interested in conducting evaluations. 
•Reviewing and coding affidavits to identify trends and potential research topics. 
•Assisting with vital data-entry and auditing tasks, including brainstorming solutions on how to improve data management. 
•Following up with attorneys on adjudication results of clients examined and other case-related information. 
•Working closely with the asylum program officer and team to develop and implement new systems to collect and report out the results of the program's work. 
•Assisting with the planning of forensic trainings. 
•Corresponding with physicians for contact information and availability updates. 
•Monitoring current events and developments in immigration law and detention policy. 

You will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the development associate. 


•Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree; program of study specializing in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred but not required 
•Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights, including immigrant rights 
•Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills 
•Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with PHR staff and external partners 
•Mature judgement, strong sense of integrity, and a self-starter 
•Creativity and problem-solving skills 
•Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through 
•Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills 
•Cultural sensitivity and ability to maintain confidentiality 
•Experience working with Microsoft Office and databases 

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Include "Asylum Intern Summer 2018" in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.