Development & Global Initiatives
Development & Global Initiatives

Film Festival Intern


New York, NY (United States)

Position Type



Spring 2018


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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (“HRWFF”) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student intern for the New York office. Ideally, the intern will be available for the spring 2018 academic semester beginning in January 2018 until June 2018. The intern will receive training and experience in planning and organizing international film festival events. 

The internship is 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 HRWFF staff, interaction with other U.S. and international film festivals, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. Insert your overview text here.


The intern will learn and primarily focus on: 
  • Tracking films and logging submissions; 
  • Using a film database; 
  • Conducting desk research on films in production, film festivals, and film funders; 
  • Watching and reviewing films to participate in programmatic decisions; 
  • Communicating with filmmakers, film distributors, and film industry members; and 
  • Building an audience for Film Festival events around the world by researching universities and arts and community based organizations relevant to films in the festival program. 

Other projects may be assigned as the opportunity arises and match the student's interests and abilities.


The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term. A minimum of two years completed college education is highly preferred. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable. Relevant coursework and a strong interest in film and human rights is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Word, basic HTML, basic database, Google Drive) 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 are responsible for the 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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