The Communications division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking a student with an interest in media and communications to intern for the fall 2019 semester in the New York office. The student will intern closely with staff in the Communications division and learn about media monitoring and strategy. Ideally the candidate will be available for a minimum of 20 hours a week from September 2019 to December 2019, with at least one full day in the office.
Internships are unpaid. However, 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.
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.
- Analyzing media mentions for HRW using a variety of online tools;
- Drafting briefing documents to be used as a resource by researchers and directors;
- Conducting desk research to expand and maintain lists of journalists reporting on human rights issues;
- Analyzing and compiling suggested posts for the HRW Press Twitter feed; and
- Other projects (e.g.research and media outreach), may be assigned as they arise.
- Students studying political science, communications, journalism, or a relevant field are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, reliable, sensible, and quick-thinking with strong analytical skills.
- A demonstrated strong interest in international human rights, news media, and social media is desirable.
- Previous experience with media and communications is not required.
- Excellent oral and written command of English is essential.
- Proficiency in a second language is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.