Health & Human Rights

Health & Human Rights Intern


New York, NY (United States)

Position Type



Fall 2017


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The Health and Human Rights division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an enthusiastic current MPH student or graduate student in a relevant field to intern in the New York office for the Fall 2017. Ideally, candidates will be available for at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. The intern will be supervised by the division’s staff and will primarily focus on research and advocacy projects related to health and human rights. 

Internships are unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as 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. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


The internship may consist of:
  • Conducting legal and social science desk research on a range of issues related to health and human rights, such as HIV/AIDS rates among transgender people in the US, access to pain medicines and palliative care globally, and the rights of older people; 
  • Contributing to drafting advocacy documents such as letters, op-eds, and submissions to the United Nations; 
  • Conducting fundraising research; and 
  • Engaging in other research and advocacy efforts as the opportunity arises.


The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term. Candidates should be well-organized, self-motivated, strong writers, and good team players. Interest and/or experience in public health is desirable. Fluency in English is essential. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. 

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. 

Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.

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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