The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student intern for summer 2020 in the Washington, D.C. office. Ideally, the candidate will be available for at least 15 hours a week and for ten weeks (dates and hours are flexible). The student will intern closely with staff in the Women’s Rights Division, assisting with research and advocacy on public health issues in the U.S., including exposure to extreme heat and pregnancy outcomes. The intern will build skills in research methodology and advocacy in relation to key climate change and women’s rights issues in the U.S. and will also gain experience working with an international non-profit organization.
Responsibilities: The internship will focus on assisting with research and advocacy projects surrounding public health issues related to women’s rights in the U.S, including climate change impacts on public health and reproductive justice. The intern will learn and build skills in: conducting desk research; collecting and analyzing data; and drafting documents. Other projects may be assigned as they arise to match the intern’s interests and abilities.
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.
Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate (senior standing preferred) or graduate students for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights. Relevant coursework and previous experience in public health, women’s rights, and human rights is desirable. Public health background and epidemiology expertise or climate change adaptation expertise or background are also desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office and internet applications) are required.
Salary: Interns will be paid an hourly wage of USD 15.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule. 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.
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