Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Job Seekers

Human Rights Watch has offices in:
  • New York
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Brussels
  • Chicago
  • Geneva
  • Johannesburg
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Moscow
  • Nairobi
  • Paris
  • San Francisco
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Washington D.C.
  • Zurich
Our researchers are based in these offices or live in or near the country on which they work.

General FAQs

  • I want to work for Human Rights Watch. How can I find out about vacancies?
  • I really want to work for HRW, but I have no direct experience. How can I break in?
  • I've called your office with questions but I haven't received a return phone call. Is it possible for me to request an informational interview?
  • Do you want letters of reference or just names and phone numbers?
  • What's an unedited writing sample?
  • What happens after I submit my resume?
  • Should I call you after I submit my application?
  • How can HRW help me if I do not have US work authorization?
  • Will I have to pay taxes on my salary?

Internship FAQs

  • Can I apply for more than one internship?
  • Is it a good idea to submit an unsolicited (speculative) resume for an internship?
  • What is the expected length and time commitment for an internship?
  • Does Human Rights Watch provide compensation for internships?
  • Can I receive academic credit for my internship?
  • When are positions available on your website?
  • How do I know if an internship position is still available?
  • How can Human Rights Watch help me if I do not have work authorization for an internship position?
  • Does my internship need to take place in a Human Rights Watch office?
  • Can I speak to someone regarding the status of my internship?

Fellowship FAQs

  • How many fellowships does Human Rights Watch offer?
  • How can Human Rights Watch help me if I do not have work authorization?
  • Can I speak to someone from the Fellowship Committee?
  • When the year is over and one has completed the fellowship program, are there possibilities of full-time employment at Human Rights Watch?
  • How does Human Rights Watch’s Fellowship program embrace diversity?
  • What kind of support and training do Fellows receive during the fellowship program?

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