Thursday, January 13, 2011

Internship Posting: Human Rights Watch

Public Advocacy and Outreach
New York
Spring 2011
Apply Immediately

Internship Description: The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch is seeking an intern to assist the New York office’s Director of Public Advocacy and Outreach with responsibilities including, but not limited to, event support and coordination of donor trips involving travel research, logistics and country background; calendar coordination; and research in public advocacy projects.

The intern will also assist the New York Committee of the Development and Outreach Department with responsibilities including, but not limited to, event support in the lead up to the 2011 International Film Festival in June; major gifts donor cultivation; acknowledgment letters and other correspondence; and updating and maintaining department databases and files.

This internship is best suited for those individuals interested in gaining experience in a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. Interns will gain knowledge in research, event management, fundraising, and knowledge of the organization's priority human rights issues. Responsibilities will include: supporting Development staff and donors including preparing materials for donor trips to further the education of donors and Board members about their philanthropic investment; providing logistical and administrative support for substantive donor travel to conferences, international board meetings, and advocacy meetings in selected countries, including a biennial donor delegation trip to Washington, DC and an annual international Board of Directors meeting; and conducting research for a high level campaign on civilian protection and respect for the laws of war to reach influential civil society leaders, journalists and philanthropists. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns will attend planning and department meetings with staff and will have the opportunity to take advantage of in-house trainings and briefings.

This position begins in February and will last until July, possibly extending through the year (as significant training will be invested, we ask for a verbal commitment for this time period). The position may have flexible hours within the 9-6weekday office hours for a minimum of 25 hours/week and 2-3 days/week.

Internships are unpaid, although work-study funds are available. Students may arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Applicants should be detail-oriented, well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in international human rights. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are a must. Data entry experience and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other databases are desirable. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Candidates should have a strong interest in human rights.

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 Please use “Public Advocacy and Outreach” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch
Attn: Timo Muller (Public Advocacy and Outreach)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: 212-736-1300

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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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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