Human Rights Watch
New York Office
Internship Description: The Digital department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking a graduate or undergraduate student with experience and an interest in digital communications and technology to intern in its New York office.
Under the supervision of the Web Communications Manager, the intern will learn how to create digital communications products for the website, www.hrw.org, like web pages and interactive timelines, analyze analytics, and brainstorm other ways to improve the digital presentation of our information. Other projects can be assigned as they arise and match the applicant’s interests and abilities. Ideally, the student would be available to intern 2 days or 16 hours a week through December.
Internship is unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the 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.
Qualifications: Interns must be enrolled students for the duration of the internship. Applicants should be comfortable with taking on tasks that require analytical skills, and have the knowledge and ability to deal with web-based technologies, as well as social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Computer skills — HTML, some CSS, experience with Drupal or a similar content management system — are required. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, self-motivated, reliable, have excellent time management skills, and a strong interest in international human rights. An attention to detail and tenacity to fix problems are also highly valued. Language skills are advantageous, but not required.
Applicants who are applying for an internship, but who are not US permanent residents, US citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. This process can take several weeks and applicants will have to incur their own costs.
How to Apply: Please apply immediately (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, contact information for two references, and a brief, unedited writing sample (of no more than two pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use “Webteam Internship Application,” followed by your name, as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
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.