Advocacy Intern

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 06

Position description

The Advocacy Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student intern in the Washington, D.C. office. Ideally, the intern will be available beginning in early January 2018 through May 2018. 

This 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 HRW staff, interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


This internship may involve: 

  • Tracking and analyzing bills and resolutions affecting human rights and US foreign policy; 
  • Monitoring ongoing Washington policy developments; 
  • Conducting background research on particular issues and government policies; 
  • Drafting updates for regional HRW staff; and 
  • Attending hearings and other events. 

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


The intern must be an undergraduate or graduate student for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with strong research and writing skills. An interest in human rights and international law is preferred. Experience with Congress or analyzing and researching legislation is highly desirable. Relevant coursework and knowledge of US foreign policy and international affairs is highly desirable. Knowledge of another language is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) 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 will have to incur their own costs.

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