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United States

US Program Intern (Graduate)

Preferred Location(s)

Los Angeles, CA (United States)
New York, NY (United States)

Position Type

Internship/Volunteer

Term

Spring 2018

Deadline

December 01, 2017 11:59PM ET

ID Reference

2017-1522

Description

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking graduate student interns for the spring 2018 semester. Ideally, the intern will be available 8 hours per week beginning in January 2018 through May 2018. The internship will primarily focus on research related to US human rights problems, especially those related to criminal justice and sexual assault. The intern will learn about bail and sentencing reform, private probation companies, criminalization of drug possession, and the mishandling of sexual assault cases. 

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.

Responsibilities

Intern will learn and be exposed to: 
  • 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. 

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; and 
  • Academic credit (students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements).

Qualifications

  • 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.
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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