Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a student to intern part-time with the International Justice Program (“IJP”) for the spring 2016 semester. The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations and on researching and drafting papers on issues of international justice. The intern will gain knowledge of international courts and international justice mechanisms and will build skills in legal research, writing, and advocacy.
Ideally, interns are asked to commit for a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Although the timing is flexible, the student will ideally begin in early February and intern through early May.
Internships are unpaid. Students are often 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 the HRW staff, interaction with other US and 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.
Eligibility: This internship is open to law students and graduate students who are studying international criminal or humanitarian law. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights and international criminal law. Strong writing skills are essential. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other languages, particularly French, is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.