International Justice Spring Internship, Human Rights Watch, USA

Publish Date: Sep 30, 2015



Internship Description: Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a student to intern part-time with the International Justice Program (“IJP”) for the spring 2016 semester.  The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations and on researching and drafting papers on issues of international justice. The intern will gain knowledge of international courts and international justice mechanisms and will build skills in legal research, writing, and advocacy.

Ideally, interns are asked to commit for a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Although the timing is flexible, the student will ideally begin in early February and intern through early May.

Internships are 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 US 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.


This internship is open to law students and graduate students who are studying international criminal or humanitarian law. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights and international criminal law.  Strong writing skills are essential.  Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other languages, particularly French, is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

How to Apply

Please apply immediately by emailing a one-page cover letter, a resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample all in English. Please submit the entire application in ONE attached PDF file to (no calls or email inquiries please). Please use "IJP Internship Application – Spring 2016" as the subject of your email. In the body of your email, please include where you heard about this internship position. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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 or more and applicants will have to incur their own costs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

About Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

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