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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!

Summer Internship Program 2016

Boston

Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Summer 2016

The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is offering a three-month internship commencing in June 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 create 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 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 June with at least a 12-week commitment

New York

Asylum Intern — Summer 2016

The Asylum Program at PHR seeks a summer 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 is an unpaid full-time internship. PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships
  • The internship will commence at the start of June with at least a 10-week commitment with longer commitment preferred

Development Intern – Summer 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 be mentored by the development associate and be given exposure to the 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 the Raiser’s Edge donor database
  • Assisting with special events preparation and planning
  • Taking part in conducting post-event analysis, evaluating event attendance, and follow-up strategies
  • Helping to implement new departmental initiatives

The intern 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.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study, or a 2015 graduate
  • Strong interest in human rights
  • Exceptional analytical, 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 office in midtown Manhattan
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The internship will commence at the start of June with at least a 10-week commitment
  • This is an unpaid position; students may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements

Investigations Intern – Summer 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 +700 medical personnel and +340 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:

  • 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 program associate.

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 May with at least a 10-week commitment

Research Intern – Spring/Summer 2016

The research and investigations team is seeking a research intern to work on our Syria mapping project. This internship is ideal for an undergraduate who wants to get a feel for open source research methodology related to a topical human rights issue.

PHR is tracking 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 +705 medical personnel and +346 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.

The internship will focus on data entry and understanding in the beginning of the internship, and move to stronger analysis focus as the internship progresses. The intern will be mentored by the program associate, research and investigations, and project tasks the intern will work on include:

  • Assisting with data entry into PHR’s Palantir data management system
  • Collaborating closely with research and investigations staff to prepare for and carry out data analysis

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. PHR operates an in-house training program for staff and interns, which during the spring/summer months of 2016 will cover issues such as research design (including participatory research methodology), interviewing skills, international humanitarian law, advocacy workshop, and public health.

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 degree; program of study specializing in statistics, data management, international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field
  • Experience with database management; familiarity with Palantir preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Exceptional analytical and verbal skills, with strong preference for those demonstrating strong statistical understanding
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, initiative, and a self-starter
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Ability to read/speak Arabic preferred but not required
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to work with graphic visual and written content
  • 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 office in midtown Manhattan
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time
  • The internship will commence late March with ideally a 16-week commitment

Syria Intern – Summer 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 +700 medical personnel and +340 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:

Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Entering research and translations into PHR’s database

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
  • 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
  • Willingness to work with graphic visual and written content

Location/Hours

  • The Syria 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 May or June with at least a 12-week commitment

Washington, D.C.

Anti-Torture/Policy Intern – Summer 2016

PHR’s Washington, DC office seeks an intern wishing to gain direct experience in developing and implementing human rights advocacy campaigns and policy strategies. This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in international human rights and humanitarian advocacy.

The intern will provide research, advocacy, and administrative support to the U.S. Anti-Torture Program (ATP), which works to end torture and other human rights violations in the context of U.S. national security law, policy and practice. Key projects related to torture prevention, accountability, and redress may include: closing Guantanamo; ending detention and interrogation abuses; ensuring criminal and professional accountability for torture; promoting medical ethics and professionalism in detention contexts; and promoting transparency and accountability for the CIA and military torture programs.

In addition, the intern will be given exposure to a variety of PHR’s international and domestic advocacy and policy efforts, in close collaboration with PHR staff and external partners, on issues such as human rights in armed conflict, medical neutrality, international anti-torture initiatives, international justice, and refugee and asylum protection.

The intern will be mentored by the ATP senior fellow, an attorney with public health expertise. Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

  • Assisting with research, policy papers, blog posts, press releases, and internal memos regarding PHR’s research, investigations, and advocacy on U.S. anti-torture and other initiatives
  • Monitoring and documenting relevant current events for internal discussion
  • Contributing to the development of communications and strategic partnerships strategies to promote PHR’s advocacy priorities in U.S. domestic and foreign policy
  • Assisting with general program and administrative work including meeting preparation, background research, data entry, and internal reporting
  • Supporting ATP and U.S. policy work by attending meetings with internal or external stakeholders

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 operates an in-house training program for staff and interns, which during the spring/summer months of 2016 will cover issues such as research design (including participatory research methodology), interviewing skills, international humanitarian law, advocacy, and public health.

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 a graduate degree and excellent academic record required
  • Graduate degree in law, public policy, international development, public health, medicine, or related field preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills required, including excellent editing skills;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills required
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights required
  • Familiarity with international human rights law, especially Convention Against Torture, preferred
  • Knowledge of U.S. torture policies and practices, national security law/policy, and/or criminal justice, immigration, or detention strongly preferred
  • Mature judgment, strong integrity, and ability to maintain strict confidentiality required
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed essential
  • Willingness to work with graphic/disturbing images and/or written content

Location and Hours

  • The DC intern will be based in PHR’s Washington, DC office in McPherson Square, two blocks north of the White House
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time, but requires a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • The internship will commence at the start of June with at least a 10-week commitment

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “DC Intern Summer 2016” in the subject line.