Communications and Digital Intern

Website Human Rights Watch

Apply by January 2

Communications and Digital Intern

Application Deadline: January 2, 2020

The Communications Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in media and communications to intern for the spring 2020 semester in the New York office. The student will intern closely with staff in the Communications Division and learn about media monitoring and strategy. Ideally the candidate will be available at least 20 hours a week from February  to May 2020. Applicants must be able to commit to at least one full day in the office, with some availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays preferred.

Responsibilities: The internship will primarily focus on:

  • Analyzing HRW’s media mentions and digital trends using analytics tools;
  • Drafting briefing documents to be used as a resource by researchers and directors;
  • Conducting desk research to expand and maintain lists of journalists reporting on human rights issues;
  • Creating weekly HTML newsletters;
  • Uploading content to our site using a Content Management System;
  • Analyzing and compiling suggested posts for the HRW Press Twitter feed; and
  • Other projects (e.g. digital projects, research and media outreach), as required.

Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.

Qualifications: The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship. Students studying journalism, political science, communications, or another relevant field are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, reliable, sensible, and quick-thinking with strong analytical skills. A demonstrated strong interest in news media is required and a demonstrated strong interest in international human rights and social media is desirable. An interest in digital publishing tools would be beneficial. Previous experience with media, communications, and data analysis is not required. Excellent oral and written command of English is essential. Proficiency in a second language, especially Arabic of Chinese, is preferred but not required. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

Salary: Interns will be paid an hourly wage of USD 15.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, and a brief writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of governments and international institutions.

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