Human Rights Watch

**New to 2017**


The Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate level intern for the summer of 2017, ideally to begin in May 2017. The student will intern with staff by conducting research, responding to inquiries, and monitoring current events in Latin America. The internship will primarily entail performing research and writing assignments. It may also entail database and file management, mission support, and some translation assignments. The intern will be based in the Washington, DC office.

Intern will learn and be exposed to:

  1. Conducting research;
  2. Responding to inquiries;
  3. Monitoring current events in Latin America
  4. Identifying and understanding key issues;
  5. Preparing writing assignments;
  6. Database and file management, as needed;
  7. Mission support, as needed; and
  8. Translation assignments, as needed;

Additional opportunities:

  1. Direct exposure to the workings of a large, international human rights organization; 
  2. Close supervision by HRW staff to provide feedback and support; 
  3. Interaction with other U.S. and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials; 
  4. Access to HRW materials and publications; 
  5. Attending select in-house events such as a speaker series events, and other events organized within the organization, particularly for interns; 
  6. Opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights; and 


1. Well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable; 

2. Commitment to public service, and a strong interest in international human rights and current affairs in Latin America; 

3. Fluency or high level of proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese; 

4. Familiarity with the region and relevant coursework are highly desirable; and 

5. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications).

Washington, D.C.
Advocacy/Policy, International