Washington, DC or New York
Internship Description: The Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate level intern for the summer of 2016. The student will intern with staff by conducting research, responding to inquiries, and monitoring current events in Latin America. The internship will primarily entail performing research and writing assignments. It may also entail database and file management, mission support, and some translation assignments. The intern will be based in the Washington, DC or New York office.
The internship is unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships may offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other U.S. 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: The intern must be an enrolled student in either an accredited undergraduate program or a graduate program for the duration of the internship term. Students in law school or other highly relevant graduate programs, preferably from professional schools, and individuals with journalism experience in Latin America are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable. Applicants must have a commitment to public service, and a strong interest in international human rights and current affairs in Latin America. Fluency or high level of proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese is required. Familiarity with the region and relevant coursework are highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required.
Applicants who are offered 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 specifying language skills, resume, two names or letters of reference, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others and no longer than 4 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Americas Internship Application – Summer 2016” as the subject of your email. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email in a single PDF document. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications expected, we regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.