Legal & Policy
International Justice

International Justice Program Intern


New York, NY (United States)

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Summer 2018


October 15, 2017 11:59PM ET

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The International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking graduate and law student interns for the New York office. Ideally, the intern will be available beginning in May 2018 until August 2018. The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations and on researching and drafting papers on issues of international justice. The intern will gain knowledge of international courts and international justice mechanisms and will build skills in legal research, writing, and advocacy.


The intern will learn and be exposed to: 
  • Conducting legal research; 
  • Analyzing international law; 
  • Reviewing and documenting media reports on relevant issues; 
  • Monitoring developments at the International Criminal Court; 
  • Conducting policy analysis of ongoing international justice developments; 
  • Identifying and understanding key issues in international justice; 
  • Compiling case research; 
  • Drafting advocacy-style documents that will be used internally and as background for advocacy projects; 
  • Gaining familiarity with the Rome Statute; 
  • Developing a greater attention to detail through footnoting and fact-checking; 
  • Presenting information in a compelling manner in internal drafts; 
  • Close supervision and evaluation sessions to provide a feedback and support. 

Additional opportunities: 
  • Direct exposure to the workings of a large, international human rights organization; 
  • Induction training on the internal working 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 human rights field. 
  • Academic credit (students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements). 


  • Background in law (either an LLB, LLM, JD, or other relevant law degree) 
  • Enrollment in an accredited, degree-granting graduate or law program for the duration of the internship term; 
  • Strong interest in international criminal justice and a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues is highly desirable; 
  • Relevant coursework is highly preferred; 
  • Knowledge of French is a plus; 
  • Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, internet applications) are essential. 

This is an unpaid internship. 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.

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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