Application Deadline: November 15, 2021
The Environment and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a law student, graduate level LL.M. student, or graduate student in a relevant field with a demonstrated interest in environment and international human rights. The ideal candidate will be based in New York, Washington DC, Sao Paulo, or a European HRW office (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, or Paris) and will be available at least part-time (15-20 hours per week) starting January 2022 through May 2022 (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.
- Conducting background desk research on a range of environmental rights issues, including climate change, waste supply chains, and deforestation;
- Monitoring media, reviewing laws and policies, and conducting desk research on the environment and human rights violations in a variety of countries;
- Working closely with Environment and Human Rights staff;
- Drafting documents including, but not limited to advocacy letters and background material for reports and other publications; and
- Other projects may be assigned as they arise and match the intern’s interests and abilities.
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.
- Applicants in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and the United States must be enrolled in an accredited, degree-granting undergraduate (preferably at the senior level) or graduate program or equivalent for the duration of the internship. The internship must be a required part of the intern’s academic program for successful applicants in Paris, Brussels, and Sao Paulo. In some circumstances, successful applicants in Brussels can be recent graduates of an academic program who are undergoing an internship for further training.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in German strongly preferred;
- Well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable candidates
- Previous research experience;
- Interest and/or experience in the environmental field with an understanding of –and a strong interest in – international human rights;
- Coursework in environmental health, human rights, law, and/or policy; and
- Internet research and computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office, internet applications).
Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in the United States for the duration of the internship.
Salary: Depending on the jurisdiction, interns will receive compensation based on local law and HRW policy, such as an hourly wage, a monthly stipend, and/or reimbursement for lunch. 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. 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, 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.
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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 disability, 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.
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