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Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, Summer 2018

The Arabic-speaking investigations intern is the perfect role for a budding human rights activist interested in hands-on nonprofit programmatic experience. This opportunity allows the intern to develop research, language, and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues through PHR’s hands-on work.

The intern works closely with PHR’s research and investigations team to help monitor and document daily developments in and violations of medical neutrality in Syria and Yemen. PHR utilizes this documentation to 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 Arabic-speaking intern will attend regular learning and social events with other PHR interns and staff to round out his/her learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

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

Responsibilities

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Contribute to PHR’s online interactive map that tracks the deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on medical workers and health facilities in Syria
  • Monitor daily developments and violations of medical neutrality in Syria and Yemen.
  • Conduct, analyze, and organize open-source research on attacks against health care in Syria and Yemen.
  • Analyze video and other media and extract relevant data.
  • Provide translations of articles and videos from Arabic to English.

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program 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, ability to maintain confidentiality and to be a self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • 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 unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time, commencing in June 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 Summer 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.


Communications Intern, Summer 2018

The communications internship is ideal for a student seeking a hands-on opportunity to work on media relations, online communications, and research and publications. The intern will work as an integral parts of PHR’s communications team to help with materials and messaging for PHR’s mission and work.

The communications intern will have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out his/her learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

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

Responsibilities

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Track relevant news stories on human rights violations around the world.
  • Research, write, proofread, and copy-edit social media, blog posts, web content, newsletter articles, press releases, and other communications materials.
  • Run reports and use to track website traffic and online ad campaigns.
  • Track PHR’s media coverage and compile and organize media lists.
  • Research journalists and outlets covering topics and regions related to PHR’s work.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in communications, journalism, international relations, or other relevant major
  • Interest in communications work in a nonprofit setting
  • 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 Summer 2018” in the subject line.  


Forensics Intern, Summer 2018

The forensics internship is perfect for a student interested in gaining experience working with PHR’s 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: 1) to strengthen local initiatives to document human rights violations in accordance with international standards, 2) to hold perpetrators accountable, and 3) to establish an historical record.

The forensics 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 PHR-provided career mentoring.

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

Responsibilities

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Help develop a database of new forensic investigations.
  • Contribute to the forensic analysis of human rights abuses.
  • Edit reports and public communications.

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 written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience using technology innovation for research and investigation, including computer-aided design of analysis
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Cross-cultural experience or understanding. Second language strongly desired

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, lasting 10-12 weeks.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “Forensics Intern Summer 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, Summer 2018

PHR’s fundraising internship allows a student who is interested in a nonprofit development and/or management career to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy, and the day-to-day operations of an international nonprofit organization. The fundraising intern will be given exposure to a wide range of database, research, and other tasks carried out by a nonprofit fundraising development department.

The fundraising 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 his/her learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

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

Responsibilities

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Research and prepare thorough, well-written briefings on prospective funders, including individuals, governments, and foundations.
  • Help identify new funding opportunities for the major gifts program and institutional development team. 
  • Learn to utilize Raiser’s Edge (fundraising software).
  • Create development materials to be used in donor meetings.

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • 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
  • 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 June with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply

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


Boston

Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Intern – Summer 2018
The Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) internship is ideal for a student interested in a career in international law or public health. The intern will have the opportunity to research, learn and write about key areas of interest to the program, including effectiveness of standard practices for care and documentation, use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation.

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 PHR-provided career mentoring.

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

Responsibilities

Projects and tasks you may work on include:

  • Research and analyze relevant international legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.
  • Assist with the logistics, preparation, and facilitation for trainings, conferences, and other program events.
  • Help develop, code and maintain program data(bases), including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data, training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature.
  • Carry out editorial tasks such as drafting blog posts for the PHR website, and proofreading and footnotes for program publications.
  • Monitor developments relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests for PHR staff and consultants.

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in 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
  • 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 internship can be either full-time or part-time, and will commence in June 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 Summer 2018” in the subject line.


KENYA (Nairobi)

Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Summer 2018

The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Nairobi internship is ideal for a student looking for a career in international affairs or public health. The intern will have the opportunity to research, learn and write about 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.

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 PHR-provided career mentoring.

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

Responsibilities

Projects and tasks you 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.
  • Assist with the logistics, preparation, and facilitation for trainings, conferences, and other program events.
  • Help develop, code and maintain program data(bases), including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data, training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature.
  • Carry out editorial tasks such as drafting blog posts for the PHR website, and proofreading and footnotes for program publications.
  • Monitor developments relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests for PHR staff and consultants.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • 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 June 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 Summer 2018” in the subject line.