Human Rights Watch Advocacy Intern

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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 international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials.

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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 international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. 

Application Deadline: February 10, 2019

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 2 months starting in April 2018. Applicants available later are also encouraged to apply. 

Internships are unpaid. However, 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 international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. 

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.

Responsibilities

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:

  • Following thematic and geographic issues:
    • Distributing press releases;
    • Participating in meetings with decision makers and NGOs, and drafting meeting reports;
    • Preparing content for social media
  • Conducting desk research and drafting various advocacy documents;
  • Drafting memos, briefing documents, press reviews, and the Daily Brief in French;
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • Master Degree students (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.

How to Apply

Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org and attaching a CV, letter of interest, and writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications and the on-going hiring procedure only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email recruitment@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

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  • Created On: Jan 23, 2019 - 2:21pm
  • Last Updated: Jan 23, 2019 - 2:21pm