Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Development & Outreach Intern (Americas & Asia Initiative)

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Job Description

Development & Outreach (Americas and Asia Initiative) Intern Application Deadline: November 29, 2020 The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an undergraduate student to intern with the Americas and Asia Initiatives team. The Internship will focus on the development and outreach efforts throughout the US and Asia with an emphasis on Fundraising, acknowledgement letter writing, prospect research, and donor engagement. Ideally the candidate will be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week, three days per week for a minimum of three months starting in December (dates and times are flexible).

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.

Intern will learn and be exposed to:

  • Conducting prospect research;
  • Cultivating Donor Relations;
  • Drafting documents and other correspondence related to donor outreach;
  • Creating promotional materials and mailings;
  • Using fundraising and donor databases;
  • Proof-reading solicitations and proposals;
  • General research on our programmatic work to assist colleagues to prepare for briefings.
Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or 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: The intern must be an enrolled student during the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in International Human Rights. Relevant coursework is highly desirable, and knowledge of database systems, (i.e. Salesforce), is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required. A proficiency with Microsoft Excel would also be beneficial.

Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in the United States for the duration of the internship.

Salary: Interns will be paid an hourly wage of USD 15.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule and length of employment. Students may be 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 HRW staff, and interaction with other US and 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: and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest, and a 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 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. 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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