Business and Human Rights Summer Internship

Human Rights Watch-Business and Human Rights Division
Washington, DC
Dec 20, 2016
Aug 11, 2017
Full Time


Washington, DC Office

Summer 2017

Internship Description: The Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking law students with an interest in corporate accountability, international relations, economics, criminal justice, human rights, and/or related fields who would like to expand their understanding and practical knowledge of human rights. The students will intern with the division's Senior Researcher and undertake research, analysis, and outreach tasks in the context of ongoing projects related to inequality in the US, predatory practices against the poor, and standard setting at the local, national, and international level.

Additional opportunities:

  • Direct exposure to the workings of a large, international human rights organization, as well as to the HRW report research, writing, and publication processes;
  • Induction training on the internal working of HRW;
  • Participation in select in-house events such as a speaker series events, and other events organized within the organization, particularly for the interns.


  • Research assistance: The intern will use online resources to conduct research, including reviewing and analyzing media articles, policy papers, legal documents, and academic and NGO reports.
  • Media monitoring: The intern will monitor ongoing projects, and track new developments in the field of business and human rights.
  • Advocacy activities: The intern will draft research and legal memos, project analyses, letters, press releases, and other written materials. The intern may also have the opportunity to attend meetings with civil society partners, government agencies, subject area experts, and others.


A successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • A passion for and an eagerness to learn more about human rights related to business and predatory practices against the poor;
  • An exemplary academic record combined with relevant coursework and/or research/work/clinical/practical experiences;
  • Self-motivation and strong attention to detail;
  • A commitment to diversity;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills in English (knowledge of other languages is a plus).


  • All interns must be enrolled in an accredited law program for the duration of the internship term.
  • Ideally, the intern will be available for a 10-week period starting in May or June 2017 (start date is flexible) in our DC office.
  • Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not US permanent residents, US citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. Please note that this process can take several weeks and applicants will be responsible for costs incurred.
  • The internship is unpaid. We recommend that students secure funding through external scholarships and grants. Please check with your academic institution for more information on possible sources of funding.

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.

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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