Communications Intern


Brussels (Belgium)

Position Type



Fall 2017


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The Communications Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a French-speaking student to intern in the Brussels office. Ideally, the candidate will be available for six months beginning in September 2017 (hours are flexible).


The intern will contribute to projects on a range of topics and will learn how to conduct media monitoring for European countries, pitch HRW press releases and reports, liaise with press and organize events. 

HRW internships 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.


The intern must be enrolled in a university or academic institution for the duration of the internship and the internship must be required to fulfil a part of an academic program or requirement. Only students who have secured external funding through grants or scholarships, such as the Erasmus+ program or other similar programs will be considered for this internship position. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights, news media and social media. Excellent verbal and written command of English and professional-level proficiency in French is required. Knowledge of other European languages is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

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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