Middle East and North Africa Division Internship program at Human Right Watch for 2021


Application for this offer closes: May 3, 2021

Application for the Middle East and North Africa Division Internship program at Human Right Watch for 2021 is now available to all desiring applicants.

Description:  The Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is currently seeking a student intern for the summer 2021 semester in either the New York or Washington D.C. office. The selected candidate will intern closely with the Middle East and North Africa division associates and researchers. Ideally, the intern will be available for at least 15-20 hours a week for three months, starting in early-June 2021 (dates and times are flexible).

About the Organization?

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.

Application Type: Internship


Interns will be paid an  hourly wage of USD 15.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule and length of employment. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. 

How to Apply:

Please apply immediately by visiting the online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org  No calls or email inquiries, please. We ask that you submit a cover letter, resume, and 5 pages maximum writing sample. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

Then complete the online form provided by the organization

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email internships@hrw.org


  • This internship is open to students in law, social studies, international relations, political science, or related subjects with strong writing and research skills. Applicants must be enrolled students for the duration of the internship term.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English and Arabic are essential.  Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, 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 the MENA region. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.


The internship will focus on the following:

  • Research: The intern will be given various short-term and long-term desk research assignments using sources in English, Arabic, or other regional languages.. The research will focus on a range of human rights and humanitarian law abuses across the Middle East and North Africa region. The intern may help HRW staff conduct phone interviews with victims of and witnesses to human rights violations under close staff supervision and guidance. The intern will also contribute to the production and release of reports and press releases.
  • Monitoring and Advocacy: The intern will focus on monitoring and summarizing MENA political and policy developments. The intern may also have the opportunity to attend internal and/or external advocacy strategy meetings.
  • Other assignments and projects will be assigned as the opportunity arises.