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Spring 2018 Program

New York

Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, Spring 2018

Internship Description

The research and investigations department is seeking an intern to work with the research associate on Physicians for human Rights’ (PHR) online, interactive map of attacks on health care in Syria, and other programmatic research as needed. This is an opportunity to develop research, language, and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues from PHR’s 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 more than 825 medical personnel and more than 430 attacks on hospitals, over 90 percent 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.

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Monitoring daily developments and violations of medical neutrality in Syria and Yemen.
  • Conducting open-source research on attacks against health care in Syria and Yemen.
  • Providing preliminary analysis of research and/or organizing the research for analysis.
  • Organizing 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.

You will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out your learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the research associate.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program, or a recent graduate in a related field
  • Professional working proficiency (written and verbal) in MSA and Levantine or Yemeni dialect required
  • 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, 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 and Hours

  • The investigations intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This is an unpaid internship of at least 20 hours per week.
  • PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships.
  • The internship will commence in January with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “Arabic-Speaking Research and Investigations Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Asylum Intern, Spring 2018

Internship Description

Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) Asylum Program seeks a Spring 2018 intern wishing to gain direct experience in the program’s activities as well as long-term data collection and retention projects of a growing international nonprofit. The internship is ideal for someone looking for a career in immigration law, human rights, or nonprofit 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 or abuse in order to prevail in their immigration applications. Hundreds of volunteer clinicians working with PHR 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.

You 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.

PHR internships are unpaid. You may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

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, 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 and Hours

  • The asylum intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This is an unpaid internship of up to 35 hours per week.
  • The internship will last 10-12 weeks and can commence in January.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “Asylum Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship. 


Budget Analyst Intern, Spring 2018

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic budget analyst intern to join our finance and budget department. The ideal candidate is eager to learn, and has a basic knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and of how to build and analyze budgets. You will be mentored by the budget director and comptroller, and be involved in the daily activities of the finance and budget department.

Internship Description

You will be taught the accounting software system Sage MIP as well as the expense management system Concur. Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Working with program and project managers to develop the organization's budget.
  • Reviewing managers' budget proposals for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with laws and other regulations.
  • Combining all the program and department budgets into a consolidated organizational budget.
  • Monitoring organizational spending to ensure that it is within budget.
  • Informing program managers of the status and availability of funds.
  • Estimating future financial needs.
  • Reviewing budget proposals and funding requests.
  • Submitting budget recommendations for approval or rejection of funding requests.
  • Making forecasts for future budget needs.
  • Preparing periodical and special reports.

You will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out your learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the budget director and comptroller.

PHR internships are unpaid. You may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study, specialization in accounting or finance preferred 
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Ability to communicate well and work as part of a team

Location and Hours

  • The internship is based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This unpaid internship is part-time, 3-4 days a week (flexible scheduling).
  • The internship will commence in January with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Budget Analyst Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line.


Communications Intern, Spring 2018

Internship Description

The communications department at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is seeking an intern to join our team from January to May 2018. A fast-paced environment tasked with projecting the mission and work of PHR, which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize, the communications department works on materials and messaging for all of the organization’s programmatic areas, including sexual violence in conflict zones, attacks on Syria’s medical community, U.S. asylum and anti-torture work, and more.

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

You will have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out your learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the communications team.

PHR internships are unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and you should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in communications, journalism, international relations, or other relevant major; master’s degree preferred
  • Interest in communications work in a nonprofit setting. Passion for human rights is essential.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage a project from start to finish
  • Excellent 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 and Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “Communications Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line.  


Special Events Intern, Spring 2018

Internship Description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) produces an annual gala each April in New York City. The gala is an important event for attracting new PHR members, supporters, and volunteers, as well as raising funds to support the work of the organization and raising its public visibility.

The special events intern will be mentored by the development associate and will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with all aspects of event management and fundraising for PHR’s annual gala.
Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

  • Researching high-profile individuals who will be in attendance; helping to identify and researching potential sponsors, committee members, and event attendees.
  • Assisting the development associate and major gifts manager with event logistics.
  • Maintaining and entering data into the Raiser’s Edge event module, PHR’s donor database.
  • Assisting with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed for the development department.
  • Taking part in post-event analysis, evaluating event attendance, and follow-up strategies as needed.

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
  • Strong interest in human rights
  • Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization
  • Openness to working with individuals from different backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish

Location and Hours

  • The development intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship requires at least a 12-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.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Special Events Intern, Spring 2018” in the subject line. Applications must be received no later than Friday, February 2, 2018.


Forensics Intern, Spring 2018

Internship Description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) seeks a Spring 2018 forensics intern wishing to gain experience working with PHR’s various programs that provide training on the documentation and collection of evidence of human rights violations. PHR’s work in this area has three key goals: to strengthen local initiatives to document human rights violations in accordance with international standards, to hold perpetrators accountable, and to establish an historical record.

PHR internships are unpaid. You may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with your individual academic institution for requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative, organizational, and logistical support to the programs
  • Participate in the development of a database of new forensic investigations
  • Contribute to the forensic analysis of human rights abuses
  • Participate in editing reports and public communications

You 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 program’s manager.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree: program of study specializing in forensic anthropology/science or in a related field
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and organizational skills
  • Experience in using technology innovation for research and investigation, including computer-aided design of analysis
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Sound political judgment and ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Capacity to plan and prioritize well
  • Cross-cultural experience or understanding. Second language strongly desired
  • Proficiency in standard computer programs, including database systems

Location and Hours

  • The forensics intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office.
  • This is an unpaid internship of up to 35 hours per week.
  • The internship will last 10-12 weeks.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “Forensics Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Fundraising Intern, Spring 2018

Internship Description

A fundraising internship at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) 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 international nonprofit organization. You will be mentored by the development associate and be given exposure to a wide range of database, research, and other 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.
  • Helping to identify new funding opportunities for the major gifts program and institutional development team. 
  • Assisting the development associate in entering data into the Raiser’s Edge, PHR’s donor database.
  • Maintaining and helping create development materials to be used in donor meetings.
  • Assisting with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed.

You 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 your 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 2018
  • Strong interest in 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 different backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish

Location and Hours

  • The internship is based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in January with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Fundraising Intern, Spring 2018” in the subject line.


Human Resources Intern, Spring 2018

Internship Description

Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) Human Resources (HR) department is seeking a student wishing to gain direct experience in developing and implementing key people strategies for a growing, international nonprofit organization. This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in global human resources or nonprofit management.

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 United States 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 nonprofit 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 resources 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, detail-oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights

Location and Hours

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

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “HR Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line.


Former Soviet Union Intern (Research and Capacity Building), Spring 2018

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 efforts 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.

Internship Description

Mentored by the senior program officer, the intern will assist in monitoring the development of Former Soviet Union countries, assessing their legal framework and 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.

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 specialists, 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 ending 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 and Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
  • 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 three-month period.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Former Soviet Union Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line.


Boston

Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Spring 2018

Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is offering a three-month internship commencing in January 2018. 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 exposed 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, 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 facilitating training programs.
  • Assisting with maintenance of several program databases, including of training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature.
  • Carrying out editorial tasks such as proofreading and footnotes for program publications.
  • Keeping up-to-date on current news relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests 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 in or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program; course of study 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, detail-oriented, and able to exercise discretion

Location and Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s Boston office.
  • This unpaid internship can be either full-time or part-time.
  • The internship will commence in January 2018 with at least a 12-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line.


KENYA (Nairobi)

Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Spring 2018

Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is offering a three-month internship in its Nairobi, Kenya office commencing in January 2018. 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 exposed 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, 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 facilitating training programs.
  • 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.
  • Carrying out editorial tasks such as proofreading and footnotes for program publications.
  • Keeping up-to-date on current news relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests 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 in or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program; course of study 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, detail- oriented, and able to exercise discretion

Location and Hours

  • The intern will be based in PHR’s Nairobi office.
  • This unpaid internship can be either full-time or part-time.
  • The internship will commence in January 2018 with at least a 12-week commitment.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Nairobi Intern Spring 2018” in the subject line.