Multimedia Intern


New York, NY (United States)

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Fall 2017


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The Multimedia Division at Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking undergraduate or graduate students in journalism, international affairs, film or related fields to be Multimedia interns for the Fall 2017 semester. This program is designed for students interested in a human rights or journalism career, who hope to acquire training and hands-on experience in video production and photo editing. Interns will have an opportunity to be involved in every step of the production process, including participating in production meetings and researcher interviews, transcribing, searching archives for footage, subtitling footage, editing photos and using video editing software. 

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 the HRW staff, interaction with other 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. 


Under the supervision of the Multimedia team, the intern will learn and be exposed to:
  • All aspects of video production workflow;
  • Team meetings and discussions of video production;
  • Researcher interviews in the multimedia studio;
  • Multimedia content management and content distribution systems;
  • Content research for use in multimedia publications;
  • video editing process;
  • Photo editing process;
  • Drafting scripts for full length and social media videos;
  • Digital and social media strategy discussions.
Internship-Specific Program Features:
  • Direct exposure to the workings of a large, international human rights organization;
  • Induction trainings on the internal workings of HRW;
  • Access to HRW materials and publications;
  • Attending select in-house events such as a speaker series events, and other events organized within the organization, particularly for the interns;
  • Attending internal staff meeting and outside meetings and events related to the human rights field;
  • Access to online training platform;
  • Possibility to obtain academic credit (students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements).


  • Strong interest in human rights work, journalism, video production and photography.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Some knowledge or experience using video production tools and/or working in a newsroom environment is a plus.
  • Enrollment in an accredited undergraduate/graduate program for the duration of the internship term;
  • Valid student visa and work-authorization. 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;
  • Ideally, the candidate will be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week for three months - timing can be flexible.
  • This is an unpaid internship, it is recommended that the students secure the funding through external scholarships and grants.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

About Human Rights Watch

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.

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