Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Human Rights Watch Refugee Rights Program Internship; Arabic Preferred

The Refugee Rights Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking a development (fundraising) and research intern for the fall 2017 semester. Ideally, the intern will be available for at least twenty hours per week for a minimum of three months (hours and dates are flexible). The intern will focus on identifying potential sources of funding for the Refugee Rights Program, providing research assistance, and conducting media monitoring.

Internships are 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 internship will involve the following projects and tasks:

Research Assistance: The intern will conduct desk-based research on human rights abuses affecting refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, focusing on the Middle East and Europe.

Media Monitoring: The intern will follow the media to monitor references to refugees’ rights in key regions, primarily in the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Prospect Research: The intern will contribute to initial prospecting research for both foundational and individual donors.

Fundraising: The intern will contribute to drafting, designing, and editing fundraising materials which include e-mail newsletters, event invitations, and flyers. The intern may also contribute to project design memos and other research proposals.


The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights. Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. Fluency in Arabic is preferred, but not required. Excellent oral and written command of English is required.

Apply here.