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
Middle East and North Africa Division
Beirut Office
Spring/Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Spring/Summer 2015 View details
Brussels
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
International Justice Program
Brussels Office
Fall 2015
Apply by 31 March

Fall 2015 View details
London
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development & Outreach Department
London Office
Summer 2015
Please Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
Los Angeles Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development and Outreach Department
Los Angeles Office
Summer 2015
Apply by April 20

Summer 2015 View details
Los Angeles
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development and Outreach
(Student Task Force)
Los Angeles Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
Nairobi
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Women’s Rights Division
Nairobi Office
April – December 2015
Apply Immediately

April to December 2015 View details
New York Graduate

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

Fall 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

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

Fall 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program
New York Office
Fall 2015
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Fall 2015 View details
New York Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program
New York Office
Fall 2015
Apply Immediately

Fall 2015 View details
New York Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development/Outreach Department
(US Territory & Women's Rights)
New York Office
Fall 2015
Apply Immediately

Fall 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
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Communications Division
New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
New York Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development and Outreach Department
New York Office
Fall 2015
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Fall 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Disability Rights Division
New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
New York Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Advocacy Division
New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply by April 31

Summer 2015 View details
New York Graduate

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

Fall 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development and Outreach Department
(Public Advocacy)
New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
New York
Graduate
Undergraduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Americas Division
(Brazil Team)
New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

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

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

Summer 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
Summer/Fall 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer/Fall 2015 View details
San Francisco Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Business and Human Rights Division
(Internet and Human Rights)
San Francisco Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Summer 2015 View details
San Francisco
Graduate
Undergraduate

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

Summer 2015 View details
San Francisco Graduate

INTERNSHIP OPENING
US Program
San Francisco Office
Fall 2015
Apply Immediately

Fall 2015 View details
Sydney
Graduate
Undergraduate

VOLUNTEER OPENING
Development and Outreach
Sydney Office
Winter/Spring 2015
Apply Immediately

Winter/Spring 2015 View details
Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

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

Fall 2015 View details
Washington, DC Undergraduate

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

Summer 2015 View details
Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

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

Summer 2015 View details
Washington, DC
Graduate
Undergraduate

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

Summer 2015 View details