Advocacy Intern

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Nov 28

Position description

The Advocacy Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking a student intern for its Paris office. Ideally, the intern will be available for 6 months, starting in January 2020. 


The student will intern closely with members of the Advocacy team, especially the France Director and the Advocacy Coordinator. The internship will primarily focus on advocacy-related activities, which include:

  • Monitoring official statements and developments on thematic and geographic issues;
  • Distributing press releases and talking points to relevant authorities;
  • Helping organize and attending meetings with decision makers and NGOs, and drafting meeting reports to ensure reporting and follow up;
  • Conducting desk research and drafting various advocacy documents;
  • Drafting memos and briefing documents;
  • Maintaining the “decision-maker” contact database; and
  • Translating documents from and to French and English.

This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience within a small office of a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns may attend planning and department staff meetings and may have the opportunity to attend in-house trainings and briefings. Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, 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.


  • Currently enrolled Master Degree student (Bac +4 or +5) studying Geopolitics, Political Science, International Relations, International Law or any other related fields are highly preferred;
  • Excellent written and oral command of English and French are essential;
  • Some experience in an association and/or experience abroad is desirable;
  • Knowledge of French and international media and institutions and the French association landscape is desirable; and
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable applicants with a strong interest in human rights are highly preferred.

Compensation: Interns will receive EUR 3.75 per hour that they are in the office. Human Rights Watch will also reimburse 50% of the intern’s transportation costs. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships may offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, and interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. 

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