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- International Justice Program Summer 2019 Intern, USA

International Justice Program Summer 2019 Intern
Human Rights Watch


International Justice Program Intern

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019

The International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking graduate and law students for interns for the summer of 2019 in the New York office. Ideally, the intern will be available full-time beginning in May 2019 until August 2019. The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations, conducting desk research, and drafting papers on issues of international justice. The intern will gain knowledge of international courts and international justice mechanisms and will build skills in legal research, writing, and advocacy.


Intern will learn and be exposed to:

    Conducting legal research;
    Analyzing international law;
    Reviewing and documenting media reports on relevant issues;
    Monitoring developments at the International Criminal Court;
    Conducting policy analysis of ongoing international justice developments;
    Identifying and understanding key issues in international justice;
    Compiling case research;
    Drafting advocacy-style documents that will be used internally and as background for advocacy projects;
    Gaining familiarity with the Rome Statute;
    Developing a greater attention to detail through footnoting and fact-checking;
    Presenting information in a compelling manner in internal drafts; and
    Close supervision and evaluation sessions to provide a feedback and support.

Additional Opportunities:

    Direct exposure to the workings of a large, international human rights organization;
    Induction training on the internal working of HRW;
    Access to HRW materials and publications;
    Attending select in-house events such as a speaker series events, and other events organized within the organization, particularly for the interns;
    Attending internal staff meeting and outside meetings and events related to human rights field; and
    Academic credit (students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements).


    Background in law (either an LLB, LLM, JD, or other relevant law degree) and relevant coursework is highly preferred;
    Enrollment in an accredited, degree-granting graduate or law program for the duration of the internship term is required;
    Strong interest in international criminal justice and a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues is highly desirable;
    Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, internet applications) are essential; and
    Knowledge of French is a plus.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at https://careers.hrw.org  and attaching a resume, letter of interest, and unedited legal writing sample, such as a memo or briefing paper (max. 6,000 characters). No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

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 governments and international institutions.

Job posted on 10th January 2019
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