Internship Opportunity: Human Rights Watch Development at NY

Internship Description: The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an undergraduate student to intern with the New York office’s Director of the New York Committee. The internship will focus on event planning for New York outreach events including the 2015 New York Voices for Justice Annual Dinner; writing acknowledgment letters and other correspondence; coordinating donor communication; and researching for development and outreach projects.

This internship is best suited for those individuals interested in gaining experience in a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. Interns will gain knowledge of the organization’s priority human rights issues and build skills in research, event management, and fundraising. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns will attend planning and department meetings with staff and will have the opportunity to take advantage of in-house trainings and briefings.

This internship begins in September and will last until December. The internship may have flexible hours within the 9-6 weekday office hours for a minimum of 25 hours/week or 3-4 days/week.

Internships are unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other 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.


New York, NY, 10118, US

Other Details

Start date
September 8, 2015
End date
December 18, 2015
Application deadline
September 1, 2015
Hours per week

Qualifications: Applicants should be detail-oriented, well-organized, self-motivated and reliable. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are a must. Database experience and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other databases are desirable. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Candidates should have a strong interest in human rights. The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term.

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 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.

How to apply

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by sending a letter of interest, resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample (no calls or email inquiries, please) to Please use “Development and Outreach Internship – Fall 2015” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

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