Human Rights Watch offers academic internships at both the undergraduate and graduate level in their regional and thematic divisions, as well as their organizational support departments.

Details of Internships

Undergraduate internships are primarily administrative and clerical in nature, but other projects can be assigned as they arise and match the student’s interests and abilities, including research, drafting documents, translating, and helping researchers prepare for missions.

Graduate-level interns monitor human rights developments in various countries, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy efforts aimed at curtailing human rights violations. Internships are unpaid, except for certain funded graduate internships which are associated with specific universities.

While internships are generally unpaid, work-study funds are often available depending on the location of placement. Students also are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other U.S. and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in international human rights. Relevant coursework is highly desirable, and knowledge of foreign languages is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required.

How to Apply:

Please apply immediately by sending a letter of interest, resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample (no calls or email inquiries, please) to the advertised email address, with the name of the internship you are applying for in the subject line. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Please visit their website to see a list of over 20 opportunities and apply for the one that best suits you. Click here to visit their website.

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