Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Advocacy Intern

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Job Description

UN Advocacy Intern Application Deadline: 3 September 2020 Internship Description: The UN Advocacy Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking interns for its Geneva office. Ideally, the candidates will be available for two months starting in late-September to early October 2020. The possibility of interning from locations other than Geneva can also be considered. Due to Covid-19, many of our offices remain closed or are open at a limited capacity. HRW prioritizes the safety of our interns. In locations that have eased office restrictions and are open at a limited capacity, interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis in accordance with HRW’s COVID-19 policies. Responsibilities: The internship will focus on the activities of the advocacy team before, during, and after the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as various Treaty Body reviews and other meetings-many of these activities will be conducted virtually. The intern will be an active member of HRW's UN Advocacy Division and will intern closely with other staff members. The internship will involve:
  • Attending Human Rights Council sessions, negotiations of draft resolutions, and other UN meetings and taking notes to enhance understanding of the material and brief the team on developments;

  • Researching human rights issues concerning the UN human rights mechanisms in Geneva;

  • Drafting correspondence and advocacy materials related to the Council and HRW advocacy goals;

  • Organizing advocacy meetings and side-events at the Council; and

  • Contributing to some administrative tasks related to HRW's advocacy activities.

Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting. Qualifications: Applicants enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic program for the duration of the internship are highly preferred. In some circumstances, applicants can be recent graduates of their first degree (such as a Bachelor’s) who will be pursuing an advanced degree (such as Master’s or Law degree). Strong proven oral and written command of English is essential and knowledge of French is desirable. Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Outlook, and internet) are required. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues. The ideal candidate should be a disciplined self-starter and a strong team player. Knowledge of the UN system is highly preferred. Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in Switzerland for the duration of the internship. Compensation: Interns will receive a gross monthly stipend of CHF 1,400 per month, which will be pro-rated based on the number of hours they intern, to help offset living expenses in accordance with HRW policy and the intern. 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, and interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter,and a brief writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email internships@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered. Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer. 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 governments and international institutions.
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