Development & Outreach (Foundations Team) Intern

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Apply by January 5

Development & Outreach (Foundations Team) Intern

Application Deadline: January 5, 2020 

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a student intern for the Foundations and Program Liaison team in the New York office for the Spring 2020 semester. Ideally, the candidate will be available for a minimum of 12 hours per week beginning in mid-January 2020 through mid-May 2020.

Responsibilities: The internship will focus on contributing to foundations relations at-large, which includes reviewing and proof-reading grant reports and proposals; drafting letters to major donors; conducting research to identify prospective donors; and updating donor information on the Raiser’s Edge database. The intern will learn about and contribute to the Development and Outreach department’s philanthropic knowledge base with the guidance and mentorship of grant writers and frontline fundraisers.

The student will gain valuable experience interning for an international non-profit organization, as well as a strong understanding of HRW’s priority human rights issues. The intern may attend meetings and lectures pertaining to our work and will have access to all our published reports and materials. The intern will also gain familiarity with the inner workings of a large development department and be trained to use Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge. Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or 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 term.  Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable with a strong interest in human rights. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office; Internet applications) are required.

Salary: Interns will be paid a gross 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 and length of employment. 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:  No calls or email inquiries, please. We ask that you submit a cover letter, resume, and 5 pages maximum writing sample. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. 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 influential governments and international institutions.

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