UN Advocacy Intern, Human Rights Watch


Geneva, Switzerland


Interns will receive a gross monthly stipend of CHF 1,550 per month, which will be pro-rated based on the number of hours worked, to help offset living expenses in accordance with HRW policy and the intern.


Part Time


Friday, 7 January 2022


Internship, Fixed Term


Not Applicable

Job Description

The UN Advocacy Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking an intern for its Geneva office. Ideally, the candidate will be available for three months starting in early February 2022.

Due to COVID-19, many of our offices remain closed or are open at a limited capacity. HRW prioritizes the safety of our interns. In locations that have eased office restrictions and are open at a limited capacity, interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis in accordance with HRW’s COVID-19 policies. The possibility of interning from locations other than Geneva can also be considered.


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Role and Responsibilities

The internship will focus on the activities of the advocacy team before, during, and after the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as various Treaty Body reviews and other meetings. Due to on-going health restrictions related to Covid-19, many of these activities will likely be conducted virtually. The intern will be an active member of HRW's UN Advocacy Division and will work closely with other staff members. The internship will involve:

  • Attending Human Rights Council sessions, negotiations of draft resolutions, and other UN meetings and taking notes to enhance understanding of the material and brief the team on developments;

  • Researching human rights issues concerning the UN human rights mechanisms in Geneva;

  • Drafting correspondence and advocacy materials related to the Council and HRW advocacy goals;

  • Organizing advocacy meetings and side-events at the Council; and

  • Contributing to some administrative tasks related to HRW's advocacy activities.

Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a

Experience, Skills and Qualifications 

Applicants enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic program for the duration of the internship are highly preferred. In some circumstances, applicants can be recent graduates of their first degree (such as a Bachelor’s) who will be pursuing an advanced degree (such as Master’s or law degree).  Strong proven oral and written command of English is essential and knowledge of French is desirable. Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Outlook, and internet) are required. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues. The ideal candidate should be a disciplined self-starter and a strong team player. Knowledge of the UN system is highly preferred.

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