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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!

Winter 2016/Spring 2017 Internship Program 2016

New York

Human Resources Intern, Spring 2017

The Human Resources department is seeking a student 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.

Internship Description

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 U.S. 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 non-profit 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/Hours

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

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org no later than December 19, 2016. Include “HR Intern Spring 2017” in the subject line.

Former Soviet Union Intern (Research & Capacity Building), Winter 2016 - Spring 2017

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is seeking an intern for a minimum of 20 hours/week to work with the senior program officer in our New York City office. The intern will assist in PHR’s effort to end impunity for torture through implementation of the Istanbul Protocol standards for the effective investigation and documentation of torture and ill treatment.

At PHR, we know from more than 25 years of experience investigating and documenting torture that forensic medical evidence is one of the most powerful forms of material evidence to corroborate a victim’s allegations of abusive treatment and that breaking the cycle of impunity for torture depends largely on effective investigation and documentation practices. We also know from our experience that longstanding and widespread torture practices are facilitated by many, country-specific factors, which need to be identified and addressed for torture investigation and documentation efforts to be successful.

The intern will assist in monitoring the development in Former Soviet Union countries, assessing their legal framework and in establishing and engaging with a network of health professionals. This internship is an opportunity to gain professional skills in torture and human rights and an invaluable experience interacting with health professionals who are using forensic science to document human rights abuses.

This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a hands-on learning experience at a global human rights organization.

Internship Description

The intern will be mentored by the senior program officer, and project and tasks the intern will work on include:

Research
Assessing prevailing country-specific conditions and challenges including:

  • Causes of torture and ill treatment, gaps in legal provisions, procedural safeguards for detainees, and forensic documentation practices, or lack thereof
  • Capacities of forensic experts, including mental health, as well as attorneys, prosecutors and judges
  • Political will of state officials
  • Leadership potential among civil society representatives and state officials
  • Potential partnerships with NGO’s, anti-torture coalitions, relevant State officials, UN agencies, and other international human rights organizations

Capacity Building

  • Engaging closely with PHR’s constituency in post-soviet union countries
  • Collaborating with program staff to implement multiple strategies for creating and/or strengthening a constituency of clinicians, lawyers and other human rights defenders committed to end impunity for torture
  • Supporting the production of training content and the implementation of distance-learning activities
  • Assisting with editorial tasks such as proofreading, fact checking, and referencing

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.

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 degree and excellent academic record required
  • Fluency in Russian
  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Rigorous analytical, writing, and verbal skills; sophisticated research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-cultural environment
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, ability to improvise and develop creative solutions
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and to cope with repeated exposure to graphic pictures
  • Comfortable and versatile using Google apps, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook

Location/Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s New York office
  • This unpaid internship will ideally require a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • The start date and scheduling are flexible however, we prefer candidates who are able to commit for at least a 3-month period

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Former Soviet Union Intern Winter 2016 – Spring 2017” in the subject line.