Global Advocacy Intern


New York, NY (United States)

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Fall 2017


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The Global Advocacy Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a graduate or law student to intern in the New York office for Fall 2017. Ideally, the candidate will be available beginning in mid-September 2017 until mid-December 2017. The student will intern closely with the Deputy Director for Global Advocacy, the UN Director, and the deputy UN director in New York. 

Internships are unpaid. 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 US and 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.


The intern will monitor the work of the United Nations in New York, conduct desk research for various short and long-term assignments, liaise with UN officials, and contribute to building and maintaining a database of advocacy contacts. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend internal advocacy strategy meetings and external meetings with UN officials and diplomats. Other duties and projects will be assigned as they arise.


Applicants should have a strong interest in some combination of international human rights, international relations, and social change. Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, conscientiousness about checking one’s own work, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and good judgment. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel are required. The intern must be a student for the duration of the internship term. 

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. 

No calls or email inquiries please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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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