The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a graduate, LL.M., or law student intern in a relevant field with a demonstrated strong interest in human rights especially women’s rights. Ideally, applicants should be available to intern for a period of at least 10 weeks, for a minimum of 12 hours a week in our Washington, D.C. office.
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 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.
The student will intern closely with the division’s senior researcher focused on the United States. This internship will involve legal desk research, literature reviews, and media monitoring of women’s rights issues in the United States and its foreign policy to develop advocacy materials to protect the rights of women.
Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated research experience and a strong interest in women’s rights. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. The intern must be a student for the duration of the internship term. Professional competency in Spanish is desirable. Background in social science methodologies, statistics, or public health is a plus. 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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