Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Development & Outreach (Student Task Force) Intern

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Job Description

Development & Outreach (Student Task Force) Intern Application Deadline: August 31, 2020 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. Internship Description: 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 Human Rights Watch Student Task Force, please visit The STF internship offers a substantive learning opportunity for the selected students. The Los Angeles office is currently seeking two STF interns. The selected candidates must be available starting late-September to early-October 2020 until May 2020 (2020-2021 academic year). We are seeking interns who can work up to 15 hours per week and must be available on Mondays from 10:00am-11:00am (mandatory STF team meeting). The remaining internship hours should be completed some point Monday-Thursday during office hours. The STF internship may include the following projects:
  • Creating and organizing advocacy opportunities for the STF campaigns that focus on children’s rights issues and human rights education;

  • Liaising with local student leaders and faculty advisors;

  • Researching and organizing human rights education resources and materials;

  • Researching and implementing strategies and tools to equip students to be knowledgeable and effective human rights activists; and

  • Contributing to some office-related tasks.

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: Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student for the duration of the internship term. The ideal STF intern should be well-organized, attentive to detail, 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 is highly desirable. Academic background in Political Science, international studies, or global studies is a plus. 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 preferred. Applicants should be able to provide their own transportation to get to and from the high schools (travel reimbursement will be provided for internship-related travel). 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 (include your start and end dates, and your weekly availability), three professional or academic references (not letters), and brief unedited 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 actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. 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 influential governments and international institutions.
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