Middle East and North Africa Division Intern



Beirut (Lebanon)




Spring 2017


March 09, 2017 11:59PM ET





The Middle East and North Africa Division (“MENA”) of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking an intern in the Beirut office. The selected candidate will intern closely with the MENA deputy director, researchers, research assistant, and fellow. Ideally, the candidate will intern for three months starting in April 2017, with the possibility for extension. The internship is unpaid. Students 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 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 must be authorized to work in Lebanon.



The internship will focus on the following:


Research: The intern will perform various short and long-term research assignments using sources in English and Arabic. The intern may assist HRW staff with conducting phone and/or in person interviews with victims of and witnesses to human rights violations. The intern may have opportunities to attend conferences and events in Beirut related to ongoing projects. Additionally, the intern will assist with database management and contribute to the production and release of reports and press releases.


Monitoring and Advocacy: The intern will follow and report back on Syria and Lebanon political and policy developments. There may be opportunities to attend internal advocacy strategy meetings.


Other duties and projects will be assigned as they arise.



This position is open to graduates or students in law, social studies, international relations, political science, or related subjects with strong writing and research skills. Excellent oral and written command of English and Arabic are essential. Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, conscientiousness about checking one’s own work, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and good judgment. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights and some familiarity with Syrian and Lebanese politics. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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.

About Human Rights Watch


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.


Job posted on 15 February 2017.

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