Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) offers internship opportunities in many of our global offices. Candidates may apply for the positions listed below based on their location, eligibility, and interest in the work of specific divisions and departments. Internship descriptions vary but may include desk research, drafting documents, assisting with event planning, helping researchers prepare for missions, monitoring human rights developments in various countries, data analysis, liaising with current and prospective donors, and engaging in advocacy efforts aimed at curtailing human rights violations.


Internships are generally unpaid. HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights.


Location Internship type Position Description Semester
Amsterdam or Brussels
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Communications Division
Amsterdam or Brussels Office
Winter/Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Winter/Spring 2015 View details
Beirut
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Communications and Development/Outreach
Beirut Office
Autumn 2014
Apply Immediately

Autumn 2014 View details
Beirut
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Middle East and North Africa Division
Beirut Office
Winter 2015
Apply by 1 January

Winter 2015 View details
Brussels Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Legal and Policy
(The case against Hissène Habré)
Brussels Office
Autumn 2014
Apply Immediately

Autumn 2014 View details
Brussels
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
EU Advocacy
Brussels Office
Spring/Summer 2015
Apply by 18 January

Spring/Summer 2015 View details
Geneva
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development & Outreach Department
Geneva Office
Winter/Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Winter/Spring 2015 View details
London Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Legal and Policy Office
London Office
Autumn/Winter 2014
Apply Immediately

Autumn/Winter 2014 View details
London
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Advocacy Division
London Office
Winter 2014-2015
Apply by 14 November

Winter 2014-2015 View details
Los Angeles
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Outreach Division
(Student Task Force)
Los Angeles Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Nairobi
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Middle East and North Africa Division
Nairobi Office
Winter 2014/2015
Apply by 1 December

Winter 2014/2015 View details
Nairobi
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Africa Division
Nairobi Office
Winter/Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Winter/Spring 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program – National Security 
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development/Outreach Department
(Foundations Relations)
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program
New York Office
Spring or Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring or Summer 2015 View details
New York Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program
New York Office
Spring or Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring or Summer 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development/Outreach Department
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development/Outreach Department
(Public Advocacy)
New York Office
Winter 2014/Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Winter 2014/Spring 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Multimedia Division
New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
International Justice Program
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
LGBT Rights
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development and Outreach Division
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development/Outreach Department
(Special Events Team)
New York Office
Winter/Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Winter/Spring 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Health and Human Rights Division
(Environmental Health)
Spring 2015
New York Office
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Communications Division
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Children’s Rights Division
New York Office
Fall 2014
Apply Immediately

Fall 2014 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Communications Division
(Digital Team)
New York Office
Fall 2014
Apply Immediately

Fall 2014 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Advocacy Division
New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
International Justice Program
New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development & Outreach Department
(International Initiatives)
New York
Spring 2015
Apply by January 15

Spring 2015 View details
New York or Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Americas Division
Washington, DC or New York Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
New York or Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Middle East and North Africa Division
New York or Washington, D.C. Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
San Francisco
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development/Outreach Department
San Francisco Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
San Francisco Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program
San Francisco Office
Summer 2015
Apply by January 15

Summer 2015 View details
Sydney
Graduate
Undergraduate

VOLUNTEER OPENING
Development and Outreach
Sydney Office
Summer/Autumn 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer/Autumn 2015 View details
Washington, DC Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Business and Human Rights Division
(Development Policy)
Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Business and Human Rights Division
(Internet and Human Rights)
Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Operations Department
Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Africa Division
(West Africa Team)
Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Arms Division
Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Africa Division
(Horn of Africa Team) Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program
Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Refugees’ Rights Program
Washington, DC Office
Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Women’s Rights Division
Washington, DC Office
Spring or Summer 2015
Apply by Dec. 31

Spring or Summer 2015 View details