Events Intern



Amsterdam (Netherlands)




Fall 2017 / Winter 2018






The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking an Events Intern for its Amsterdam office. Ideally, the intern will be available for 32 hours a week for a period of 6 months starting in September 2017.


This internship is unpaid. Interns may be reimbursed for their lunch and local travel costs as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Students are maybe 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 other organizations, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.



This internship will primarily focus on event planning for two major events: Voices for Justice Annual Dinner and Human Rights Weekend.


The Voices for Justice Annual Dinner is an annual fundraising event held in 23 cities worldwide. The 8th annual Amsterdam Voices for Justice Dinner is on 8 November 2017 at the Theater Amsterdam. This event gathers supporters to celebrate important human rights achievements from that year. Interns will take part in event planning, producing print materials, contacting guests and suppliers, and much more.


Human Rights Weekend is an annual outreach event that will be held on January 2018 in De Balie, Amsterdam. This event showcases films, art, panel discussions and master classes with influential speakers. The intern will take part in event planning, producing promotional and print materials, contacting speakers, compiling the program, providing logistical and administrative support and much more.


This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience within a small office of a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. The intern will gain knowledge of the organization's priority human rights issues and build skills in management, fundraising, and information tracking. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns may attend planning and department staff meetings and may have the opportunity to attend in-house trainings and briefings.



Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with strong interests in fundraising and event planning. Teamwork and organizational skills are highly desirable. Excellent written and oral command of English and Dutch are essential. It is not obligatory to be enrolled at a university.


Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further. No calls or email inquiries, please.

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 14 June 2017.

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