Opportunity for two internships at Human Rights Watch in New York and Geneva

Are you a student or have you graduated in Journalism, International Affairs, Film or related fields or are you involved in the fight for human rights? Human Rights Watch offers the opportunity to join its team thanks to two internships. Apply now!


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Organization/Company: Human Rights Watch is a non-governmental, non-profit organization for the protection and defense of human rights. Its staff, composed of more than 400 members worldwide, is made up of human rights professionals, including national experts, lawyers, journalists and university professors of different backgrounds and nationalities. Founded in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its thorough study of facts, unbiased information, effective use of media, and targeted defense, often in collaboration with local human rights groups. Every year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports on human rights conditions in about 90 countries, ensuring a broad impact on local and international media. Thanks to its influence, Human Rights Watch manages to get meetings with governments, the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and many companies during which to promote changes in policy and practice in favor of human rights and justice throughout the world


Duty Station:  New York and Geneva


Open To: Students or graduates in Journalism, International Affairs, Films or related fields or young people who demonstrate commitment in human rights


Timeframe: From September 2018 for a minimum of 3 months

Deadline: Until filled


Job description: Human Rights Watch offers the opportunity to attend two internships, one at the Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch, in Geneva, and the other at the Multimedia Division of Human Rights Watch in New York.

Human Rights Watch's Development and Outreach Department internship is best suited to all those interested in gaining experience in a large, well-organized international non-profit organization. Trainees will acquire knowledge and skills in conducting research by potential clients and donors, using databases, event planning and fundraising. Interns will learn about the human rights priorities of the organization. In order to provide a valid and complete internship experience, interns will participate in planning and departmental meetings with staff and may have the opportunity to take advantage of internal training and briefing courses. Specifically, the intern will be responsible for the planning of important fundraising and awareness raising events for HRW, writing of letters of recognition and other correspondence related to donors, coordination of donor communication, use of databases, contribution to translation and management of desk research for projects development and awareness. Interns will work closely with staff to identify and create opportunities for donor involvement by informing existing and potential supporters of our work.

The Human Rights Watch Multimedia Division internship is aimed at students interested in a career in the field of human rights or journalism, who hope to acquire training and practical experience in video production and photo editing. Under close supervision of the Multimedia team, interns will have the opportunity to learn and be involved at every stage of the production process, including: participation in production meetings and interviews with researchers, transcription, film search, movie subtitling, editing photos and using video editing software. Specifically, the intern will take care of:

-All aspects of the video production workflow

-Group meetings, discussions on video production and discussions on the strategy of digital / social media

-Interview with researchers in the multimedia studio

-Management of multimedia contents and content distribution systems

-Search for content to be used in multimedia publications

-Video and photo editing process

-Script design for full length video and social media

Qualifications: For the internship at the Human Rights Watch Development and Outreach Department, the ideal candidate must meet the following requirements:

-Excellent communication skills in English and French, both written and oral

-Excellent computer skills (use of the Office package and internet applications)

-Demonstrated commitment to human rights and international issues

-Ability to work in a team


For the internship at the Human Rights Watch Multimedia Division, the ideal candidate must meet the following requirements:

-Be students or graduates in Journalism, International Affairs, Film or related fields

-Strong interest in human rights work, journalism, video production and photography

-Have written and verbal communication skills

-Prior knowledge or experience in the use of video production tools for a press room

-The enrollment in a university program is required for the duration of the internship


Wage: The internships are unpaid    


Application process: To apply for internships all candidates must register at the following address  by entering the CV and a motivational letter

Useful information: Although internships are not paid, interns can be reimbursed for some local lunches and travel costs

Useful links:

Development & Outreach Intern  

 Multimedia Intern  

 Human Rights Watch  


Contact information: For any problem with the application process write an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


edited by  Ilaria Tosches


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