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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 internship@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 Network Intern — Asylum Program

The Asylum Network is seeking an intern for a minimum of 20 hours/week to work with the Asylum Program Associate. The intern will assist in maintaining a network of over 450 health professionals, as well as providing administrative and clerical assistance to the Asylum Program Associate. The intern will be responsible for obtaining case outcomes of past clients and managing case details of current clients, as well as assisting with in-depth background research on investigations conducted by the Asylum Program.

Responsibilities

  • Work with sensitive human rights data organization and maintenance
  • Handling all intake forms for new clients and summarizing case descriptions
  • Entering all sensitive case material into a database
  • Obtaining case outcomes for all past clients of the asylum network
  • Contacting the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) to obtain case results
  • Locating attorneys who have changed positions or firms since working with PHR and updating contact information
  • Administrative tasks such as filing and archiving case information
  • Editorial tasks such as proofreading and footnotes
  • Background research on key areas of interest to the Asylum Program, such as US immigration laws, detention centers, and medical care available to those in detention
  • Keeping up-to-date on current news and hot topics relating to immigration

Qualifications

  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, and capacity to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Location/Hours

  • The Asylum Network Intern will be based in PHR’s New York office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • The position will commence as soon as possible, with at least a 3-month commitment

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Communications Intern

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 support our work in media relations, online communications, and research and publications. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn how to use Meltwater, a leading media relations database, and contribute to the organization’s social media messaging.

Responsibilities

  • Researching information on journalists and outlets covering topics and regions related to PHR’s work
  • Compiling and organizing media lists
  • Tracking PHR’s media coverage
  • Tracking relevant news stories for social media and web content
  • Conducting research and suggesting content for social media, blog posts, web content, and other communications materials
  • Running reports to track website traffic
  • Writing, proofreading, and copyediting newsletter articles, blog posts, press releases, and web content
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, international relations, or other relevant major; master’s preferred
  • Interest in communications work in a non-profit setting
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • 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
  • Passion for human rights is essential
  • Sense of humor a plus

Location/Hours

  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • The position will commence as soon as possible, with a 3-month minimum and a possibility of extension

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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

Development interns support fundraising activities, including prospect research, grant tracking, event planning, and direct mail solicitations. Interns also assist with data management, having the opportunity to learn two of the primary non-profit constituent management systems: Blackbaud Raiser's Edge and Convio Luminate CRM. Interns provide essential support to the development department, and in the process they have the opportunity to learn what it takes to keep a nonprofit running from the ground up while being involved in all facets of a busy team. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is necessary, and a desire to learn is required.

Responsibilities

  • Help implement new donor initiatives
  • Provide editorial support for donor communications
  • Research and prepare briefings on potential new government and foundation funders
  • Update donor database as requested and assist in other database projects
  • Assist in production of quarterly solicitation mailing
  • Help coordinate face-to-face visits with local major gift donors
  • Produce information packets for major donors
  • Assist with special event activities

Qualifications

  • 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, and follow-through
  • Strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • 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 development intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The position will commence as soon as possible, with at least a 3-month commitment

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Finance Intern

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 at the start of September with at least a 3-month commitment

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Investigations Intern

Two interns are needed to assist with new and forthcoming investigations and human rights research projects related to mass atrocities and armed conflict, as well as to work and elaborate on existing projects.

The interns will be responsible for conducting in-depth background investigations on relevant international topics, including, but not limited to, creating weekly digests of current events, conducting background research, preparing for international field investigations, and contributing to international human rights publications.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting in-depth research on international human rights violations, armed conflict, and public health
  • Creating well-cited investigative notes and annotated outlines
  • Keeping expert notice of current events and global politics
  • Locating and analyzing current and relevant material
  • Organizing and maintaining international contact lists
  • Collaborating with organizational staff and leaders on new projects and investigations
  • Organizing and maintaining sensitive human rights data
  • Being prepared to handle emergency investigations and reports in a high energy, fast-paced environment

Past and Ongoing Investigations

  • Syria: Anatomy of a Crisis — Online, interactive map documenting attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria since the start of the conflict (ongoing investigation)
  • Burma: Patterns of Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma — Report documenting how persecution of and violence against the Rohingya in Burma has spread to other Muslim communities throughout the country
  • Bahrain: Weaponizing Tear Gas — Report documenting how the Bahraini government unlawfully uses toxic chemical agents against civilians by violating UN principles on the use of force during protest and transforming chemical agents into weapons to assail Shi’a civilians inside their homes and cars
  • Libya: 32nd Brigade Massacre — Report combining medicine, forensic science, and eyewitness testimony to paint a stark picture of life and death in detention in Tripoli and providing a detailed and comprehensive forensic account of the 32nd Brigade massacre under Khamis Qaddafi on August 23, 2011

Qualifications

  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, and capacity to work with minimal supervision
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentialityprojects as needed
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed

Location/Hours

  • The Research and Investigations Interns will be based in PHR’s NY office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • The position will commence in summer 2015, with at least a 3-month commitment

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MENA Investigations Intern

Two interns are needed to assist with new and forthcoming investigations and human rights research projects related to mass atrocities and armed conflict specifically in the Middle East and North Africa.

The interns will be responsible for conducting in-depth background investigations on relevant international topics, including, but not limited to, creating weekly digests of current events, conducting background research, preparing for international field investigations, and contributing to international human rights publications.

Arabic fluency is required. Research will largely be conducted in Arabic.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting in-depth research on international human rights violations, armed conflict, and public health
  • Creating well-cited investigative notes and annotated outlines
  • Keeping expert notice of current events and global politics
  • Locating and analyzing current and relevant material
  • Organizing and maintaining international contact lists
  • Collaborating with organizational staff and leaders on new projects and investigations
  • Organizing and maintaining sensitive human rights data
  • Being prepared to handle emergency investigations and reports in a high energy, fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed

Past and Ongoing Investigations

  • Syria: Anatomy of a Crisis — Online, interactive map documenting attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria since the start of the conflict (ongoing investigation)
  • Bahrain: Weaponizing Tear Gas — Report documenting how the Bahraini government unlawfully uses toxic chemical agents against civilians by violating UN principles on the use of force during protest and transforming chemical agents into weapons to assail Shi’a civilians inside their homes and cars
  • Libya: 32nd Brigade Massacre — Report combining medicine, forensic science, and eyewitness testimony to paint a stark picture of life and death in detention in Tripoli and providing a detailed and comprehensive forensic account of the 32nd Brigade massacre under Khamis Qaddafi on August 23, 2011

Qualifications

  • Arabic fluency
  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, and capacity to work with minimal supervision
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed

Location/Hours

  • The MENA Investigations intern will be based in PHR’s NY office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • The position will commence in summer 2015, with at least a 3-month commitment

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Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern

The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones is seeking 1-2 interns for a minimum of 15 hours per week starting September 2015. 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 July 1 and candidates will be contacted by August 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 Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, 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 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

Location/Hours

  • The program intern will be based in PHR’s Boston office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • The position will commence in fall 2015, with at least a 3-month commitment

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