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The Syria Team

Interns are critical to the work we do at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). In these volunteer positions, interns provide support to staff in various ways, including in their research of human rights violations and in organizing campaigns on select human rights issues. You can read more about the work of our past interns here. Internship opportunities are available year-round, including the summer.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to resumes@phrusa.org. Be sure to include the internship[s] in which you are interested in your subject line. (You may be interested in more than one.)

Please indicate the dates from/to you are available, as well as the number of days and hours per week, in your cover letter.

You will receive an auto-response to your email indicating that PHR has received your application. Please do not call us; PHR receives many resumes and cannot reply individually to every applicant. If your skills and interests match an open position, PHR will contact you. Thank you for considering PHR for a possible internship; we wish you well in your quest for a fulfilling internship.

Current Internships

Asylum Intern — Spring 2016

The asylum intern will shadow and assist the asylum program officer with day-to-day program activities as well as long-term data collection and retention projects. 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 have helped thousands of survivors of human rights violations gain asylum and other kinds of permanent status in the United States.

Responsibilities

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

  • 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
  • Monitoring current events and developments in immigration law and detention policy
  • Drafting case summaries to be sent to clinicians interested in conducting evaluations
  • Reviewing and coding affidavits to identify trends and potential research topics
  • Assisting with data-entry and auditing tasks

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate 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
  • Mature judgement, strong sense of integrity, initiative, and a self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Location/Hours

  • The asylum intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office
  • This is an unpaid internship and will require a minimum of 20 hours per week during the semester; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a two month commitment, with longer commitments preferred

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DC Policy Intern

PHR’s Washington, DC office houses our U.S. policy department, where staff members bring PHR’s research to policymakers in order to advocate for strong responses to mass atrocities. The Washington office is seeking one intern for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Interns will assist with a variety of projects relating to both international and domestic policy matters. Internship responsibilities will include conducting in-depth background research on attacks on health care around the world, assisting with background research for PHR investigations and reports, tracking Congressional legislation, and synthesizing material from a variety of sources to draft policy memos.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with policy papers, blog posts, press releases, and internal memos regarding PHR’s research and investigations in Burma, Syria, Bahrain, Guantánamo, and elsewhere
  • Monitor and document relevant current events for internal discussion
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies to promote PHR’s voice in U.S. foreign and domestic policy
  • Assist Washington office staff with communications and strategic partnerships to amplify policy positions
  • Collaborate with PHR staff on any additional events or projects that may arise

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with PHR staff and external partners
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, initiative, and capacity to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed
  • Ability to read/speak Arabic, French, or Burmese preferred, but not required
  • Graduate degree in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred, but not required

Location/Hours

  • The DC policy intern will be based in PHR’s Washington, DC office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships /fellowships
  • The position will require at least a 2-month commitment, with longer commitments preferred

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Development Intern – Spring 2016

A development 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. The intern will assist with a wide range of database, research, administrative, and general tasks on PHR’s development team.

Responsibilities

  • Research and prepare thorough, well-written briefings on prospective funders - individuals, governments, and foundations - that informs the audience about fundraising team initiatives
  • Spearhead database maintenance and data entry in Raiser’s Edge, PHR’s donor database
  • Assist with special event preparation and planning
  • Conduct post-event analysis, evaluating event attendance and follow-up strategies
  • Attend department and staff meetings
  • Help implement new departmental initiatives

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Strong interest in and commitment to 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 all different backgrounds
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on multiple projects under strict deadlines
  • Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish

Location/Hours

  • The development intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan
  • This internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different schedules
  • The position will commence as soon as possible, with at least a three month commitment
  • This is an unpaid position with an opportunity for school credit

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Finance Intern – Winter 2015/Spring 2016

The Finance department is seeking an intern to work under the supervision of the Senior Accountant and also alongside the Director of Finance & Administration. The intern will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to run an international nonprofit organization and be taught the primary non-profit accounting software system Sage MIP.

The intern will assist with:

  • Account analysis and matching
  • Budgetary monitoring
  • Auditing
  • Payment of invoices and expense reimbursements
  • Maintaining financial and administrative files and confidential records
  • General finance administration

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in finance, business administration, or a related field
  • Working knowledge of Word and Excel, at least at an intermediate level is necessary
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed
  • Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish

Location/Hours

  • The Finance intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 15 hours/week
  • The position will commence in January with at least a three month commitment

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Forensic Training Institute Intern — Spring 2016

PHR is seeking an intern to shadow/assist the senior program officer in all phases of training development, and in establishing and engaging with a network of health professionals. This internship is an opportunity to gain professional skills in human resources development and an invaluable experience interacting with health professionals who are using forensic science to document human rights abuses.

Responsibilities

  • Training Development: Partnering with the senior program officer and applying your instructional design talent to develop learning content on human rights and forensics
  • Research: Exploring current training development best practices and strategies to share with the team and building PHR’s digital training library
  • Communication: Expanding your communication and social media talent by engaging with forensic training program constituencies
  • Metrics: Gathering and evaluating metrics for PHR’s forensic training programs in order to determine trends and implement quality improvement
  • Editorial tasks: To include proofreading, fact checking, and referencing
  • Background research: Looking at key areas of interest to forensic training such as sexual violence, torture documentation, and medical care available to victims of human rights abuses
  • Current Affairs: Keeping up-to-date on current news and hot topics relating to human rights and forensics

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • 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, initiative, and a self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to cope with repeated exposure to graphic pictures
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook

Location/Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office
  • This is an unpaid internship and will require a minimum of 20 hours per week during the semester; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a three month commitment

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Human Resources Intern — Spring 2016

PHR’s human resources department is seeking an intern wishing to gain direct experience in developing and implementing key people strategies for a growing international non-profit organization. This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in global human resources or non-profit management.

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

Responsibilities

The intern will be mentored by the HR manager with the aim of becoming familiar with a broad spectrum of HR functions and to assist in the development and implementation of HR processes and practices. Projects the intern may work on include enhancing the existing internship program; reviewing the current on-boarding process for new staff; and researching and implementing salary scales.

The intern will 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 HR manager.

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in human resources, business administration, or a related field
  • General knowledge of human resource concepts and terminology
  • Interest and knowledge of how social media can be fully utilized in the recruitment process
  • Proficient 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

Location/Hours

  • The HR intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • The position will commence at the start of January with at least a three month commitment

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Information Technology (IT) Intern — Spring 2016

The IT Internship is designed to help students gain real-life desktop and engineering experience. We are therefore looking for an intern with an inquiring mind who is keen to learn new skills.

PHR operates in a Windows environment and supports approximately 40 users. The intern will be closely supervised by the IT Manager and required to work directly with our end users, participate in meetings, and offer suggestions to help improve the services and systems provided.

The intern will assist with:

  • Resolving software and hardware problems on behalf of users
  • Researching and troubleshooting unfamiliar errors using online knowledge base and other resources to effectively identify and resolve problems
  • Identifying new technologies to support ongoing projects
  • Performing new hardware and software installation and upgrades
  • Building, reconfiguring, maintaining, and repairing Windows systems (desktops and laptops)
  • Performing moves and installation of equipment (computer hardware, cables, phones, printers)
  • Performing applications installation, re-installation, configuration, and upgrades

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in information technology
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Resourceful in performing independent research on the internet and through other channels
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion

Location/Hours

  • The IT intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 15 hours/week
  • The position will commence in January and requires at least a three month commitment

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International Forensic Program Intern – Winter 2015/Spring 2016

The International Forensic Program (IFP) is seeking an intern for a minimum of 20 hours per week to work with the Afghanistan Program Coordinator. The intern will assist with a range of tasks related primarily to the IFP’s work with our partner organization in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Forensic Science Organization (AFSO). This internship is an opportunity to gain professional skills in forensics capacity building, research, human resources development, and communications, and to gain an invaluable experience interacting with professionals who are using forensic science to document human rights abuses.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting AFSO members with provision of forensic materials as needed
  • Assisting with the production of fact sheets on various disciplines of forensic science to be used by AFSO in Afghanistan
  • Assisting AFSO with the development of their newly designed and soon to be launched website
  • Assisting AFSO with the development of a social media presence
  • Editorial tasks such as editing reports, fact checking, and referencing
  • Research on areas of interest to IFP including new developments in forensic science, human identifications, forensic capacity building, use of technology to document human rights violations, etc.
  • Assisting with logistics and preparation for trainings, conferences, and other IFP events

Qualifications

  • Currently studying or have completed an undergraduate or graduate program of study in forensic anthropology, forensic science, or related discipline
  • Dari, Farsi, and/or Pashto language skills is an asset
  • Strong interest and commitment to human rights
  • Excellent research skills
  • Strong communication and writing skills

Location/Hours

  • The IFP intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours per week during the semester; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a three month commitment, with longer commitments preferred

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Investigations Intern – Winter 2015/Spring 2016

PHR is seeking an intern to assist with research for PHR’s online, interactive map of attacks on health care in Syria, and other programmatic research as needed. This is an opportunity to develop research and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues from our hands-on work.

PHR tracks the deliberate targeting of medical workers, as well as systematic attacks against facilities providing treatment to the sick and wounded, on an online, interactive map and to date has documented the deaths of 670+ medical personnel and 307+ attacks on hospitals, nearly 90% by Syrian government 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.

Responsibilities

  • Researching and analyzing data regarding PHR’s investigations in Syria and elsewhere
  • Keeping abreast of international developments and human rights violations
  • Organizing the research and entering it into the PHR database
  • Contributing to the development of advocacy strategies to promote PHR’s voice

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree, or a recent graduate in a related field
  • 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, initiative, and a self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Location/Hours

  • The investigations intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office
  • This is an unpaid internship and will require a minimum of 20 hours per week during the semester; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a three month commitment, with longer commitments preferred

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Operations – Winter 2015/Spring 2016

An internship in PHR’s operations department provides an opportunity to gain direct experience in supporting a global nongovernmental organization. This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in non-profit management.

Responsibilities

The intern will be mentored by the HR Manager with the aim of becoming familiar with a broad spectrum of operations functions including administration, human resources, and information technology.

The intern will be exposed to a variety of projects and assignments in line with their educational goals and career interests. Some of these responsibilities, projects, and assignments might include:

  • Creating and maintaining an effective staff recruitment and outreach strategy
  • Maintaining the smooth and effective functioning of an office
  • Liaising with IT service and internet providers to troubleshoot basic phone and internet problems
  • Developing and updating office systems and inventories
  • Database management
  • Organizing events

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree in business administration, nonprofit management, international relations, or a related field
  • Interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, commitment to data accuracy, and follow-through
  • Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish

Location/Hours

  • The operations intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan
  • The internship will require a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different schedules
  • The position will commence as soon as possible, with at least a three month commitment
  • This is an unpaid position with an opportunity for school credit

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Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Spring 2016

The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is seeking 2-3 interns to start in January 2016. Reporting daily to the program assistant, the intern will assist with new and forthcoming program activities, as well as work on existing projects.

Applications will be accepted starting on November 1 and candidates will be contacted by December 15.

Responsibilities

  • Research and analyze relevant legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and elsewhere
  • Conduct 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, among others
  • Assist with coding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data
  • Assist the program assistant and other program staff with logistics and preparation for trainings, conferences, and other program events
  • Assist 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
  • Keep up-to-date on current news and hot topics relating to sexual violence and create weekly news digest for PHR staff and consultants
  • Take notes on weekly calls with the communications team, other staff members, and external partners as relevant
  • Draft blog posts for the PHR website
  • Collaborate with program staff and PHR colleagues on any additional projects or initiatives that may arise

Qualifications

  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data is a must
  • Written and/or oral proficiency in French is an asset
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred, but not required

Location/Hours

  • The interns will be based in PHR’s Boston office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 15 hours/week; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a three month commitment

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Research Intern – Winter 2015/Spring 2016

PHR’s research department is seeking an intern for a minimum of 20 hours per week, with a minimum commitment of two months. Reporting to PHR’s senior researcher, the intern will assist with a variety of projects on international and domestic policy. Internship responsibilities will include conducting in-depth background research on attacks on health care around the world, assisting with background research for PHR investigations and reports, synthesizing material from a variety of sources, and potentially drafting blog posts, background sections for reports, and other tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with research regarding PHR’s investigations in Burma, the United States, Mexico, and elsewhere
  • Monitor and document relevant current events for internal discussion
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies to promote PHR’s voice
  • Assist research staff with communications and strategic partnerships to amplify policy positions
  • Collaborate with PHR staff on any additional events or projects that may arise
  • Attend meetings at the United Nations or elsewhere as needed

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Ability to read/speak Spanish, French, or Burmese preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with PHR staff and external partners
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, willingness to take initiative, and a self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed

Location/Hours

  • The research intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours per week during the semester; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a two month commitment, with longer commitments preferred

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Syria Intern – Winter 2015/Spring 2016

PHR is seeking two interns to assist with Arabic research for PHR’s online, interactive map of attacks on health care in Syria. This is an opportunity to develop research and analytical skills on a topical and important human rights issue, and improve language skills from our hands-on work.

PHR tracks the deliberate targeting of medical workers, as well as systematic attacks against facilities providing treatment to the sick and wounded, on an online, interactive map and to date has documented the deaths of 670+ medical personnel and 307+ attacks on hospitals, nearly 90% by Syrian government 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.

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree, 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, initiative, and a self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Location/Hours

  • The Syria intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office
  • This is an unpaid internship and will require a minimum of 20 hours per week during the semester; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a three month commitment, with longer commitments preferred

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