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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.
- Conducting legal research;
- Using available resources to conduct such research, including reviewing media, policy papers and academic reports;
- Using complex research tools such as specific legal libraries and platforms;
- Monitoring legislation and US polices related to criminal justice;
- Identifying and understanding key issues;
- Compiling case histories and researching relevant state and federal policies;
- Presenting information in a compelling manner;
- Taking part in some basic advocacy activities such as drafting and/or submitting official requests (including Freedom of Information Act requests) to courthouses, departments, and agencies and contacting public officials, when appropriate; and
- Close supervision and evaluation sessions to provide feedback and support.
- 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; and
- Academic credit (students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements).
- Enrollment in an accredited graduate program for the duration of the internship term is required;
- Demonstrated commitment to human rights and strong interest in US domestic human and civil rights issues, particularly related to criminal justice and sexual assault policy is highly desirable;
- Relevant coursework and experience completing social science and/or legal research is highly desirable;
- Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are essential; and
- Knowledge of Spanish is a plus.
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.