Emergencies Division Intern



Paris (France)




Spring / Summer 2017






The Emergencies Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking an intern for the Paris office. This internship will focus on human rights abuses in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iraq. Ideally, the internship will last for up to two months full-time, or longer if the selected candidate is not available to intern full-time.


HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights.



The intern will focus on the following:

Research: The intern will assist two Paris-based researchers with research on human rights violations in the Middle East (in particular Syria and Iraq), and help summarize and analyze findings.


Monitoring and Advocacy: The intern will occasionally be asked to follow certain debates, participate in NGO network meetings, set up meetings, draft emails and summaries, follow policy developments about the Middle East and monitor current events and media coverage.


Administration: The intern will assist with some administrative tasks including contact management, filing, drafting correspondence, updating databases and translating.



This position is open to students in law, political science, social studies, international relations, or related subjects. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in human rights and the Middle East. Excellent oral and written command of Arabic (preferably Iraqi or Syrian) and English are essential.

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 16 March 2017.

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