Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

More information on the LA internship program can be found at:

http://www.hrw.org/en/cities/la/internships

Development and Outreach

INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development and Outreach
Los Angeles Office
Summer 2013
Apply Immediately

Summer 2013
email address: 
LAjobs@hrw.org

 
Internship Description: The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch ("HRW") is seeking a current student to intern in our Los Angeles office. The internship will primarily focus on: writing acknowledgment letters and other correspondence; executing special events and outreach initiatives; database management; and collaborating with the organization's community of volunteers and advocates.
 
This internship is best suited for those individuals interested in gaining experience within a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization.  Interns will gain knowledge of fundraising, event management and information tracking, as well as knowledge of the organization's priority human rights issues. 
 
Internships are unpaid.  Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week spread over two to three weekdays for a minimum of three months.  Academic credit can often be arranged as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the Human Rights Watch staff, interaction with community activists and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights.  Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.
 
Qualifications:  Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in human rights.  Experience and/or interest in working with volunteers are preferred.  Availability for a minimum of 15 hours per week, three days per week and occasional night events is a must.  Computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required.  Graphic and web design experience is a plus.  The intern must be a student for the duration of the internship term.  
 
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 by sending a letter of interest, resume, three names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample (no calls or email inquiries, please) to LAjobs@hrw.org.  Please use "Development Internship Application" as the subject of your email.  Only complete applications will be reviewed.  
 

Children's Rights 

 

INTERNSHIP OPENING

Children’s Rights Division
Los Angeles Office
Summer 2013
Apply Immediately

Summer 2013
email address: 
LAjobs@hrw.org

 
Description: The Children's Rights Division ("CRD") of Human Rights Watch ("HRW") is seeking a current student to intern with the California Advocate in our Los Angeles office, where our efforts are focused on juvenile delinquency and foster care abuses.  The intern will focus on a variety of projects which may include creating a database of investigations; researching and writing profiles of juveniles who have been sentenced to life in prison in California; researching, summarizing, and analyzing laws and social science reports on various issues pertaining to juvenile justice and foster care; organizing  information and communications; following up with field contacts; collaborating with family members of incarcerated persons; and legislative work.  Responsibilities may include other divisional duties such as database management, writing letters, creating spreadsheets, analyzing data from inmate surveys, and translation assignments, depending on the intern's specific language skills.
 
Selected interns will work closely with CRD advocate to ensure offenders who were youth when sentenced to life in prison get help from recent advancements in the law. Interns will: identify and communicate with offenders who were youth when sentenced to life in prison; build and manage spreadsheets and create and maintain systems for organizing communication with and information about youth offenders; approach attorneys and law students for possible assistance; organize visits to prisons; and otherwise conceptualize and implement a new project for ensuring the rights of these individuals. 
 
Internships are unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships 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.
 
Qualifications:  The intern must be a student for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in human rights, juvenile justice, and/or dependency issues.  Personal or professional experience in the areas of juvenile delinquency or foster care is highly desirable.  Relevant coursework is helpful, and knowledge of foreign languages is a plus.  Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required. The candidate should be based in Los Angeles or its surrounding areas, and must be available a minimum of 15 hours a week for three months.  Strong preference will be given to individuals in graduate school, law school students, or students with research experience.
 
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 by emailing a letter of interest, resume, three names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample (no calls or email inquiries, please) to LAjobs@hrw.org.  Please use "CRD Internship Application" as the subject of your email.  Only complete applications will be reviewed.

 

Development and Outreach


INTERNSHIP OPENING
Development/Outreach Department
(Student Task Force)
Los Angeles Office
Summer 2013
Apply Immediately

Summer 2013
email address: 
lajobs@hrw.org

 

Internship Description: Based in Los Angeles, the Student Task Force (“STF”) is a Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) sponsored youth leadership training program that brings together high school students from all over Los Angeles and empowers them to advocate for the rights of children. HRW interns and STF teachers partner together to mentor students in leadership skills and activism, fostering confidence and maturity among students and enabling them to become effective voices for change and social justice within their communities.  For more information on the Student Task Force, please visit www.hrwstf.org.

The STF internship offers a substantive learning opportunity for the selected candidate. Currently, the Los Angeles office has an opening for a Student Task Force intern focusing on West Los Angeles. Ideally, the selected candidate would begin immediately and have the possibility to continue through the summer. Availability on Mondays through Thursdays is preferred.

The STF internship may include the following projects:

  • Developing and organizing advocacy opportunities for the STF campaigns that focus on children’s rights issues and human rights education;
  • Maintaining ongoing relationships with local student leaders and faculty advisors;
  • Researching and implementing strategies and tools to equip students to be knowledgeable and effective human rights activists; and
  • Developing and attending HRW and STF related events

This internship is unpaid.  Students are often 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 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: Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student for the duration of the internship term. The ideal STF intern should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in children’s human rights and/or human rights education. Experience with advocacy and working with volunteers are highly desired. Academic background in political science, international studies, or global studies is a plus. Availability for 15 hours per week and occasional night events is a must. Computer skills (i.e., MS Word, MS Excel, and Internet applications) are required. Experience with graphic design, web design, social media, and online communication tools are a plus. Applicants must be able to provide their own transportation.

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 by sending a letter of interest, resume, three professional or academic references (not letters), and a brief, unedited writing sample (no calls or email inquiries, please) to lajobs@hrw.org.  Use “STF INTERNSHIP APPLICATION – WEST LOS ANGELES”as the subject of your email.  Only complete applications will be reviewed.  Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.