Public Engagement & Campaigns Division Intern, Human Rights Watch – NY

Application Deadline: April 7, 2023

The Public Engagement and Campaigns Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a student intern in the New York office. Ideally, the intern will be available about 15-20 hours per week beginning in May until August 2023 (dates and times are flexible). The student will intern closely with the Public Engagement team responsible for digital campaigns and public engagement for the organization, including through digital advocacy, innovative social engagement and engaging donors and other key stakeholders in active campaigns.

Interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis.

Responsibilities: This intern wilassist the team on Public Engagement projects and contribute to the development of key materials for multi-platform campaigns. The selected candidate will gain skills producing campaign assets, conducting research on social media engagement and human rights issues, and providing administrative assistance. The intern may also have the opportunity to sit-in on high level advocacy discussions, intersecting with multiple teams across the organization as well as external partners. Students will also have opportunities to attend professional development workshops, and 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.  

Qualifications: The intern must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student majoring in international relations, political science, journalism, public policy or a related field for the duration of the internship. Applicants should be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, self-motivated, reliable, and creative. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. Prior experience with digital advocacy and campaigning, using major social media platforms, and/or multimedia production is preferred. Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are essential.

Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in the United States for the duration of the internship.

Salary: Interns will be paid a gross hourly wage of USD 17.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule and length of contract. 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 US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: and attaching a CV/resume, 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, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

Learn more and apply here.

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