Thursday, October 18, 2018

Spring 2019 Internship with Middle East & North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch

The Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking student interns for the spring 2019 semester in the Washington D.C. Office. The selected candidate will intern closely with the Middle East and North Africa division associates and researchers. Ideally, the intern will be available part-time for three months, starting in January 2019.
The internship is 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 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. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

he internship will focus on the following:
  • Research: The intern will be given various short-term and long-term desk research assignments using sources in English and Arabic. The research will focus on a range of human rights and humanitarian law abuses across the Middle East and North Africa region. The intern may help HRW staff conduct phone interviews with victims of and witnesses to human rights violations under close staff supervision and guidance. The intern will also contribute to the production and release of reports and press releases.
  • Monitoring and Advocacy: The intern will focus on monitoring and summarizing MENA political and policy developments. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend internal and/or external advocacy strategy meetings. 
 Other assignments and projects will be assigned as the opportunity arises.


This internship 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 students for the duration of the internship term. Excellent oral and written command of English and Arabic are essential.  Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, 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 the MENA region. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

Apply on the HRW job board.