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Fall 2017 Program

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Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, Fall 2017

Internship Description
The research and investigations department is seeking an intern to work with the research associate on research for Physicians for human Rights’ (PHR) online, interactive map of attacks on health care in Syria, and other programmatic research as needed. This is an opportunity to develop research, language, and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues from PHR’s hands-on work.

PHR tracks the deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on medical workers and health facilities in Syria on an online, interactive map. To date, PHR has documented the deaths of more than 825 medical personnel and more than 430  attacks on hospitals, over 90 percent by Syrian government and allied forces. Through this documentation, PHR seeks to better inform the media, motivate governments and the UN to denounce such violations of international law, and reinforce that attacks on medical workers, hospitals, and health care infrastructure must stop.

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Keeping abreast of daily developments and violations of medical neutrality in Syria
  • Conducting open-source research on attacks against medical facilities and health care workers in Syria
  • Providing preliminary analysis of research and/or organizing the research for analysis
  • Organizing research and entering it into the PHR database
  • Analyzing video and other media and extracting the relevant data
  • Providing translations of articles and videos from Arabic to English

You will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out your learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the research associate.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program, or a recent graduate in a related field
  • Arabic fluency (written and verbal) in MSA and/or Levantine dialect preferred, but applicants who are heritage speakers or are enrolled in an upper level Arabic class (undergrad or grad) will be considered
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally
  • Mature judgement, strong sense of integrity, and a self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to work with graphic visual and written content

Location and Hours

  • The investigations intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This is an unpaid internship of at least 20 hours per week.
  • PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships.
  • The internship will commence in September with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Arabic-Speaking Research and Investigations Intern Fall 2017” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Asylum Intern, Fall 2017

Internship Description
Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) Asylum Program seeks a fall 2017 intern wishing to gain direct experience in the program’s activities as well as long-term data collection and retention projects of a growing international nonprofit. The internship is ideal for someone looking for a career in immigration law, human rights, or nonprofit management.

The Asylum Program recruits and trains volunteer health professionals to provide evaluations and affidavits to asylum seekers and other immigrants who must provide documentation of torture and abuse in order to prevail in their immigration applications. Hundreds of volunteer clinicians working with PHR have helped thousands of survivors of human rights violations gain asylum and other kinds of permanent status in the United States.

The asylum intern may be involved in some or all of the following tasks and projects:

  • Drafting de-identified case summaries to be sent to clinicians interested in conducting evaluations
  • Reviewing and coding affidavits to identify trends and potential research topics
  • Assisting with vital data-entry and auditing tasks, including brainstorming solutions on how to improve data management
  • Following up with attorneys on adjudication results of clients examined and other case-related information
  • Working closely with the asylum program officer and team to develop and implement new systems to collect and report out the results of the program’s work
  • Assisting with the planning of forensic trainings 
  • Corresponding with physicians for contact information and availability updates 
  • Monitoring current events and developments in immigration law and detention policy

You will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the development associate.

PHR internships are unpaid. You may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree; program of study specializing in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights, including immigrant rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with PHR staff and external partners 
  • Mature judgement, strong sense of integrity, and a self-starter
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office and databases

Location and Hours

  • The asylum intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This is an unpaid internship of up to 35 hours per week.
  • The internship will last 10-12 weeks and can commence in September.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Asylum Intern Fall 2017” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship. 


Budget Analyst Intern, Fall 2017

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic budget analyst intern to join our finance and budget department. The ideal candidate is eager to learn, and has a basic knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and of how to build and analyze budgets. You will be mentored by the budget director and comptroller, and be involved in the daily activities of the finance and budget department.

Internship Description
You will be taught the accounting software system Sage MIP as well as the expense management system Concur. Projects and tasks you may work on will include:

  • Work with program and project managers to develop the organization's budget
  • Review managers' budget proposals for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with laws and other regulations
  • Combine all the program and department budgets together into a consolidated organizational budget
  • Monitor organizational spending to ensure that it is within budget
  • Inform program managers of the status and availability of funds
  • Estimate future financial needs
  • Review budget proposals and funding requests
  • Submit budget recommendations for approval or rejection of funding requests
  • Make forecasts for future budget needs
  • Prepare periodical and special reports

You will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out your learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the budget director and comptroller.

PHR internships are unpaid. You may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study, specialization in accounting or finance preferred 
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Ability to communicate well and work as part of a team

Location and Hours

  • The internship is based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan
  • This unpaid internship is part-time, 3-4 days a week (flexible scheduling)
  • The internship will commence in September with at least a 10-week commitment

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Budget Analyst Intern Fall 2017” in the subject line.


Communications Intern, Fall 2017

Internship Description
The communications department at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is seeking an intern to join our team from September to December 2017. A fast-paced environment tasked with projecting the mission and work of a Nobel Prize-winning international human rights organization, the communications department works on materials and messaging for all of PHR’s programmatic areas, including sexual violence in conflict zones, attacks on Syria’s medical community, U.S. asylum and anti-torture work, and more.

You will have the opportunity to work on media relations, online communications, and research and publications. You will also be taught how to use Meltwater, a leading media relations database, and contribute to the organization’s social media messaging.

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Tracking relevant news stories on human rights violations around the world
  • Conducting research and suggesting content for social media, blog posts, web content, and other communications materials
  • Running reports to track website traffic and online ad campaigns
  • Writing, proofreading, and copy-editing newsletter articles, blog posts, press releases, and web content
  • Tracking PHR’s media coverage
  • Researching information on journalists and outlets covering topics and regions related to PHR’s work
  • Compiling and organizing media lists

You will have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out your learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the communications team.

PHR internships are unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and you should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in communications, journalism, international relations, or other relevant major; master’s degree preferred.
  • Interest in communications work in a nonprofit setting. Passion for human rights is essential.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage a project from start to finish.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization.
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, confidentiality, and capacity to work with minimal supervision.
  • Sense of humor a plus.

Location and Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time.

How to Apply
Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Communications Intern Fall 2017” in the subject line.  


Forensics Intern, Fall 2017

Internship Description
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) seeks a Fall 2017 forensic intern wishing to gain experience working with PHR’s various programs that provide training on the documentation and collection of evidence of human rights violations. PHR has three key goals: to strengthen local initiatives to document human rights violations in accordance with international standards, to hold perpetrators accountable, and to establish an historical record.

PHR internships are unpaid. You may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative, organizational, and logistical support to the programs
  • Participate in the development of a database of new forensic investigations
  • Contribute to the forensic analysis of human rights abuses
  • Participate in editing reports and public communications

You will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the program’s manager.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree: program of study specializing in forensic anthropology/science or in a related field
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and organizational skills
  • Experience in using technology innovation for research and investigation, including computer-aided design of analysis
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Sound political judgment and ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to details, and follow-through
  • Capacity to plan and prioritize well
  • Cross-cultural experience or understanding.  Second language strongly desired
  • Proficiency in standard computer programs, including database systems

Location and Hours

  • The forensic intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office.
  • This is an unpaid internship of up to 35 hours per week.
  • The internship will last 10-12 weeks.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Forensic Intern Fall 2017” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Fundraising Intern, Fall 2017

Internship Description
A fundraising internship provides an opportunity for a budding human rights activist to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy, and the day-to-day operations of a Nobel Prize-winning nonprofit organization with a global reach. You will be mentored by the development associate and be given exposure to a wide range of database, research, and other tasks carried out by a nonprofit fundraising development department. 

Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

  • Researching and preparing thorough, well-written briefings on prospective funders, including individuals, governments, and foundations
  • Helping to identify new funding opportunities for the major gifts program and institutional development team 
  • Assisting the development associate in entering data into The Raiser’s Edge, PHR’s donor database
  • Maintaining and helping create development materials to be used in donor meetings
  • Assisting with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed

You will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out your learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the development associate.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study, or a graduate in 2017
  • Strong interest in human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills and superior research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, commitment to data accuracy, and follow-through
  • Openness to working with individuals from different backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish

Location and Hours

  • The internship is based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in September with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Fundraising Intern, Fall 2017” in the subject line.  


Human Resources Intern, Fall 2017

Internship Description
Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) Human Resources department is seeking a student wishing to gain direct experience in developing and implementing key people strategies for a growing, international nonprofit organization. This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in global human resources or nonprofit management.

The intern will be mentored by the operations associate, with the aim of becoming familiar with a broad spectrum of HR functions and assisting in the development and implementation of HR processes and practices. Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

  • Assisting in PHR careers recruitment and selection processes
  • Creating onboarding packets for new employees and interns
  • Researching current labor laws in the United States and overseas
  • Maintaining and updating the Human Resources Internal System (HRIS)
  • Creating and updating organizational policies and systems

In addition, the intern will work with staff from various departments, including finance and the wider operations, to gain a fuller understanding of the behind-the-scenes running of a nonprofit organization. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the operations associate.

PHR internships are unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study; specialization in human resources, business administration, or a related field preferred 
  • General knowledge of and interest in human resource concepts and terminology
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) 
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels 
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights

Location and Hours

  • The HR intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time.
  • The internship will commence in September with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “HR Intern Fall 2017” in the subject line.


Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Fall 2017

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is offering a three-month internship commencing in September 2017. This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in international affairs or public health.

The intern will be mentored by the program assistant, and will be exposed to new and forthcoming program activities, as well as existing projects. Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

  • Researching and analyzing relevant legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and elsewhere
  • Conducting background research on key areas of interest to the Program on SVCZ, such as effectiveness of standard practices for care and documentation, use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation
  • Assisting with coding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data
  • Assisting with logistics and preparation for trainings, conferences, and other program events
  • Assisting with maintenance of several program databases, including of training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature
  • Editorial tasks such as proofreading and footnotes for program publications
  • Keeping up-to-date on current news relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests for PHR staff and consultants
  • Drafting blog posts for the PHR website

The intern will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the program assistant.

PHR internships are unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment or recent graduate in an undergraduate or graduate program; course of study in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred, but not required
  • Written and/or oral proficiency in French and/or Spanish is an asset
  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data is a must
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion

Location and Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s Boston office.
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time.
  • The internship will commence in September with at least a 12-week commitment.