Monday, November 28, 2016

Human Rights Watch Spring 2017 Middle East and North Africa Internship

The Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking interns for its Washington, DC Office. The internship is unpaid. HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings and special events relating to human rights. 

The internship will focus on the following:
• Research: The intern will perform various short- and long-term research assignments using sources in English and Arabic and, with HRW staff, may conduct interviews over the phone with victims of and witnesses to human rights violations. Research will focus on a range of human rights and humanitarian law abuses across the Middle East and North Africa. The intern will also assist with the production and release of reports and press releases.
• Monitoring and Advocacy: The intern will follow and will assist with reporting back on MENA political and policy developments and will also have the opportunity to attend internal and/or external advocacy strategy meetings.

Other duties and projects will be assigned as they arise. The selected candidate will intern closely with the Middle East and North Africa associates and researchers. Ideally, the candidate will be available for at least 20-hours per week for three months. This internship starts as soon as possible.


This position is open to students in law, social studies, international relations, political science, or related subjects with strong writing and research skills. Applicants must be enrolled as students for the entirety of the internship. Excellent oral and written command of English and Arabic are essential. Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, conscientiousness about checking one’s own work, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and good judgment. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights and some familiarity with the current situation in MENA. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

Read more and apply here.