Foreign Policy Intern

Human Rights First
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

The Foreign Policy intern will conduct research and author memos and public-facing products on human rights and political issues of significance to U.S. foreign policy and Human Rights First’s research and advocacy priorities.  Priorities include accountability for human rights violations, countering terrorism and violent extremism while protecting human rights, and restrictions on space for civil society.


  • Conducting research and assisting in the drafting of policy and advocacy documents in support of the foreign policy team’s priorities, which include:
  • countering an erosion of human rights norms and institutions; 
  • constraining a counterproductive approach to counterterrorism by the U.S. government, including by subordinating human rights concerns in bilateral relationships with key allies; 
  • supporting multilateral efforts to hold ISIS accountable for its crimes in Iraq and to protect the rights of minorities in post-ISIS Iraq; 
  • promoting U.S. policies that advance civilian protection in Syria. 
  • Developing advocacy and communications plans to influence U.S. government leaders, as well as the general public, on the strategic merits of a values- and rule-of-law-based approach to foreign policy 
  • Recommending ways U.S. officials and other key actors can communicate the importance of human rights and support to civil society to foreign governments and to the public 
  • Assisting with Human Rights First’s meetings and events 
  • Building and maintaining relationships with officials from the U.S. government, as well as non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations


  • Full time enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate level law, public policy, international relations, human rights, or related academic program, or an advanced degree from such a program.  Work experience in a related field is encouraged.   
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze foreign policy developments and U.S. foreign policy from a human rights perspective. 
  • Strong policy-oriented research and English-language writing skills, including the ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal and political developments. 
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills, and a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material for a variety of audiences.   
  • Demonstrated capacity to take the initiative, to finish assignments under pressure, and to work collegially with a diverse team of colleague

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