Middle East and North Africa Division Intern



Geneva (Switzerland)




Spring 2017






The Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking an intern for its Geneva Office. The Geneva-based internship will focus primarily on human rights violations in Libya and Morocco, but may also involve other issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Ideally, the candidate will intern for three months starting in February 2017, with a possibility for extension, and intern five days a week with flexible hours. Part-time arrangements can be discussed.



The intern will provide support to researchers working on the Middle East and North, with a special focus on Libya and Morocco. The Geneva-based internship will involve:

Research: The intern will perform various short- and long-term research assignments using sources in English and Arabic and, with HRW staff, may conduct interviews over the phone with victims of and witnesses to human rights violations. Research will focus on a range of human rights and humanitarian law abuses across the Middle East and North Africa, with a special focus on Libya and Morocco. The intern will also assist with the production and release of reports and press releases.

Monitoring and Advocacy: The intern will follow and will assist with reporting back on MENA political and policy developments and will also have the opportunity to attend internal and/or external advocacy strategy meetings.

Other duties and projects will be assigned as they arise. The selected candidate will intern closely with the Middle East and North Africa associates and researchers.




This position is open to students, or past 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 the current situation in MENA. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.


Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not Swiss or EU citizens or permanent residents, must possess a valid Swiss visa for the duration of the internship.

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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