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The Syria Team

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) takes pride in its strong internship program. Every semester, PHR is fortunate to host a group of intelligent and passionate students who are forming the next generation of human rights advocates. Students joining the PHR intern team come from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including international relations, history, human rights and humanitarian studies, political science, medicine, public health, and law, among others.

Our interns do a range of substantive work including desk research, data analysis, reviewing video footage and documenting attacks on medical facilities in Syria, and monitoring and researching human rights developments around the world. PHR’s program affords students interested in the field of human rights with the opportunity to work closely alongside PHR experts and contribute to our mission. You can read more about the work of our past interns here.

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

Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not U.S. permanent residents, U.S. citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. This process can take several weeks and applicants will have to incur their own costs.

Students may apply for the positions listed below based on their location, eligibility, and interest in the work of specific departments.

How to Apply

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).

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 position!

Fall Internship Program 2016

Boston

Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Fall 2016

The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is offering a three-month internship commencing in September 2016. 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 given exposure 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 and hot topics relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digest 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 of study specializing 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/Hours

  • The SVCZ intern will be based in PHR’s Boston office
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time
  • The internship will commence at the start of September with at least a 12-week commitment
  • PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships

New York

Asylum Intern — Fall 2016

The Asylum Program at PHR seeks a fall 2016 intern wishing to gain direct experience in the program activities as well as long-term data collection and retention projects of a growing international non-profit. The internship is ideal for someone looking for a career in immigration law, human rights, or non-profit 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 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

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, initiative, 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/Hours

  • The asylum intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time with a commitment of at least 10 hours per week
  • The internship will commence at the start of September with at least a 12-week commitment
  • PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships

Communications Intern – Fall 2016

The communications department at PHR is seeking an intern to join our team. The communications team works on materials and messaging for all of PHR’s programmatic areas, including topics such as sexual violence in conflict zones, attacks on Syria’s medical community, U.S. anti-torture work, and more.

The intern will have the opportunity to work on media relations, online communications, and research and publications. The intern 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 the intern 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

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 communications team.

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 of study specializing in communications, journalism, international relations, or other relevant major; master’s preferred
  • Interest in communications work in a non-profit setting; passion for human rights is essential
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite; ability to create infographics and other visual materials a plus
  • Familiarity with creating Google AdWords campaigns preferred
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage a project from start to finish
  • Great 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/Hours

  • The communications intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office
  • The intern must be able to commit 2-3 full days a week
  • The position will commence in September 2016 with a 3-month commitment and possibility of extension

Development Intern – Fall 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 an award-winning nonprofit organization with a global reach. The intern will be mentored by the development associate and be given exposure to a wide range of database, research, and administrative 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
  • General exposure to Raiser’s Edge donor database
  • Assisting with special events preparation and planning, as needed
  • Taking part in conducting post-event analysis, evaluating event attendance, and follow-up strategies, as needed
  • Helping to implement new departmental initiatives

The intern will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular educational opportunities and social events with other interns and PHR staff to round out the 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 2016
  • Strong interest in human rights
  • Exceptional analysis, writing, and verbal skills, as well as 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
  • Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish

Location/Hours

  • The development intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time with a commitment of at least 15 hours per week
  • PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships
  • The internship will commence at the start of September with at least a 10-week commitment

Investigations Intern (Arabic-Speaking) – Fall 2016

The research and investigations department 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 and indiscriminate attacks on medical workers and health facilities in Syria on an online, interactive map. To date, PHR has documented the deaths of +750 medical personnel and +350 attacks on hospitals, overly 90% 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.

The intern will be mentored by the program associate, research and investigations department. Projects and tasks the intern 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 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 from Arabic to English

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 associate.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 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
  • Turkish, Russian, and/or Kurdish (Northern Kurdish/Kurmanji) language skills are a plus
  • 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 unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time
  • 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 12-week commitment

Investigations Intern (Non-Arabic-Speaking) – Fall 2016

The research and investigations department 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 and indiscriminate attacks on medical workers and health facilities in Syria on an online, interactive map. To date, PHR has documented the deaths of +750 medical personnel and +350 attacks on hospitals, overly 90% 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.

The intern will be mentored by the research coordinator, research and investigations department. Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

  • 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

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 research coordinator.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree, or a recent graduate in a related field
  • Turkish, Russian, and/or Kurdish (Northern Kurdish/Kurmanji) language skills are a plus
  • 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 unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time
  • 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 12-week commitment

Research Intern – Fall 2016

The research and investigations department is seeking an intern to assist with a variety of projects relating to both international and domestic policy matters. This is an opportunity to develop research and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues from our hands-on work. The intern will be mentored by PHR’s senior researcher and be given exposure to a wide range of ongoing and upcoming research projects, while assisting with background research for PHR investigations and reports and synthesizing material from a variety of sources, with the opportunity to draft blog posts and background sections for reports, etc.

Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

  • Assisting with research regarding PHR’s investigations in Colombia, Peru, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, and elsewhere
  • Monitoring and documenting relevant current events for internal discussion
  • Contributing to the development of advocacy strategies to promote PHR’s voice
  • Assisting research staff with communications and strategic partnerships to amplify policy positions
  • Collaborating with PHR staff on any additional events or projects that may arise
  • Attending meetings at the United Nations or elsewhere as needed

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
  • Ability to read/speak Russian, Turkish, or Spanish 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, 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 may be either full-time or part-time with a requirement of 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