• Human Rights Watch
  • $106,130.00 -203,780.00/year*
  • New York , NY
  • Government
  • Full-Time
  • 172 W 104th St

The Global Advocacy Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a graduate or law student to intern in the New York office for the fall 2019 semester. Ideally, the candidate will be available beginning in mid-September 2019 until mid-December 2019. The student will intern closely with the UN Director and the Deputy UN Director in New York.

Internships are unpaid. However, students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.

Responsibilities: The intern will monitor the work of the United Nations in New York, conduct desk research for various short and long-term assignments, liaise with UN officials, and contribute to building and maintaining a database of advocacy contacts. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend internal advocacy strategy meetings and external meetings with UN officials and diplomats. Other duties and projects will be assigned as they arise.


Qualifications: The intern must be a student for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should have a strong interest in some combination of international human rights, international relations, or social change. Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, conscientiousness about checking one s own work, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and good judgment. Computer skills (i.e., proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel) are required.


How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, and a brief writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

How to Apply:

Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email ...@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

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 governments and international institutions.

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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