Internships at PHR

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About the PHR Internship Program

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) takes pride in its strong internship program. Every semester, PHR is fortunate to host a group of academically successful and passionate students who represent the next generation of human rights advocates. Students joining the PHR intern team come from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including public health, international relations, nonprofit management, human rights, humanitarian studies, political science, medicine, and law, among others.

PHR interns perform a range of substantive work, including research, data and video analysis for documentation of human rights violations, fundraising and event planning, and monitoring and reporting on human rights developments around the world. Our program affords students the opportunity to work closely alongside our experts and to contribute to our mission.

Internships at PHR are unpaid. However, students may be able to arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Students may apply for the positions listed below based on their location, eligibility, and interest in the work of specific departments. Applicants who are offered an internship must be U.S. permanent residents, U.S. citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa.


“The opportunity to talk to the professionals here was amazing and everyone engaged with the interns and offered help and advice.”

Summer 2018 New York intern

Open Positions, Spring 2021

Advocacy & Policy Intern

Arabic-Speaking Investigation Intern

Communications Intern

Fundraising Intern


Advocacy & Policy Intern, Spring 2021

Internship Description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is looking for a capable and enthusiastic intern wishing to gain direct experience in developing and implementing human rights advocacy campaigns and policy strategies. The advocacy intern will work closely with the PHR advocacy team in developing advocacy strategies, attending advocacy meetings, and monitoring current NGO partner and policymaker actions.  

This internship is ideal for a student interested in a career in human rights or humanitarian advocacy or policy. You will be given exposure to a variety of PHR’s international and domestic advocacy and policy efforts on issues such as human rights in armed conflict, medical neutrality, international anti-torture initiatives, international justice, refugee and asylum protection, use of excessive force, and COVID-19 related advocacy. 

The advocacy intern will attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.  

PHR internships are unpaid. Candidates may be able to arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. 

 Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Undertaking advocacy and policy research and analysis with a view to assisting with the development of advocacy and campaigns strategies 
  • Monitoring relevant current events and advocacy opportunities at the global level and domestic level for internal discussion with PHFR staff 
  • Assisting with the development of research, policy papers, blog posts, press releases, and internal memos regarding PHR’s research, investigations, and advocacy initiatives.  
  • Contributing to the development of strategic partnerships to promote PHR’s advocacy priorities. 
  • Assisting with general program and administrative work, including meeting preparations, background research, data entry, and internal reporting. 

Qualifications and Experience 

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study required; previous coursework in international development/relations, public policy, human rights, or related field preferred but not required.  
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills required, including excellent editing skills. 
  • Excellent research and analytical skills required. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with PHR staff and external partners 
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights 
  • Mature judgment, strong integrity, and ability to maintain strict confidentiality required. 
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through 
  • Previous experiences with policy or advocacy, through coursework, volunteer, or professional experience at local, national, or international level strongly desirable.  

Location and Hours 

  • The intern will be based either partially or entirely remote depending on PHR’s ongoing evaluation of coronavirus health risks. If partially in person, the intern will be asked to report to the PHR Washington DC Office or the PHR New York office in midtown Manhattan or. We welcome applications from candidates located out of state. 
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules. 
  • The internship will commence in January with at least a 10-week commitment. 

How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Advocacy & Policy Intern, Spring 2021 in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship. 

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Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, Spring 2021

Internship Description

The Arabic-speaking investigations intern is the perfect role for a budding human rights activist interested in hands-on non-profit programmatic experience. This opportunity allows the intern to develop research, language, and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues through PHR’s hands-on work. The intern works closely with PHR’s research and investigations team to help monitor and document daily developments in and violations of medical neutrality in Syria and Yemen. PHR utilizes this documentation to inform the media, motivate governments and the UN to denounce such violations of international law, and reinforce that attacks on medical workers, hospitals, and health care infrastructure must stop. 

The Arabic-speaking intern will attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other PHR interns and staff to round out his/her learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR internships are unpaid. Candidates may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. 

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to PHR’s online in­teractive map that tracks the deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on medical workers and health facilities in Syria.
  • Monitor daily developments and violations of medical neutrality in Syria and Yemen.
  • Conduct, analyze, and organize open-source research on attacks against health care in Syria and Yemen.
  • Analyze video and other media and extract relevant data.
  • Provide translations of articles and videos from Arabic to English.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program in a related field
  • Professional working proficiency (written and verbal) in MSA and Levantine or Yemeni dialect required.
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights.
  • Strong analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Mature judgement, able to maintain confidentiality and a self-starter.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Willingness to work with graphic visual and written content.
Location and Hours
  • The intern will be entirely remote. We welcome applications from candidates located out of state.
  • The internship will commence in early January with at least a 10-week commitment.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “Arabic-Speaking Research and Investigations Intern Spring 2021” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.

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Communications Intern, Spring 2021

Internship Description

The communications internship is ideal for a student seeking a hands-on opportunity to work on media relations, online communications, and research and publications. The intern will work as an integral part of PHR’s communications team to help with materials and messaging for PHR’s mission and work. 

The communications intern will attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out their learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR internships are unpaid. Candidates may be able to arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Responsibilities
  • Track relevant news stories on human rights violations around the world.
  • Research, write, proofread, and copy-edit social media, blog posts, web content, newsletter articles, press releases, and other communications materials.
  • Run reports and use to track website traffic and online ad campaigns.
  • Track PHR’s media coverage and compile and organize media lists.
  • Research journalists and outlets covering topics and regions related to PHR’s work.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in communications, journalism, international relations, or other relevant major
  • Interest in communications work in a nonprofit setting
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to facilitate a project from start to finish
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and professionally
  • Mature judgment, confidentiality, and capacity to work independently
  • Sense of humor a plus
Location and Hours
  • The intern will be entirely remote. We welcome applications from candidates located out of state.
  • The internship starts in early January and requires at least a 10-week commitment.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
How to Apply

Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “Communications Intern Spring 2021” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.

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Fundraising Intern, Spring 2021

PHR’s fundraising internship allows a student who is interested in a nonprofit development and/or management career to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy, and the day-to-day operations of an international nonprofit organization. The fundraising intern will be given exposure to a wide range of database, research, and other tasks carried out by a nonprofit fundraising development department.

The fundraising intern will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out his/her learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR internships are unpaid. Candidates may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Responsibilities
  • Research and prepare thorough, well-written briefings on prospective funders, including individuals, governments, and foundations.
  • Help identify new funding opportunities for the major gifts program and institutional development team.
  • Learn to utilize Raiser’s Edge (fundraising software).
  • Create development materials to be used in donor meetings.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study.
  • Strong analytical, writing, and verbal skills and superior research skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and professionally.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, commitment to data accuracy, and follow-through.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Location and Hours
  • The intern will be entirely remote. We welcome applications from candidates located out of state.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in January with at least a 10-week commitment.
How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Fundraising Intern, Spring 2021” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.

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