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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.

“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

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.

PHR is now accepting applications for the Summer 2022 internship semester. Click below to jump to each internship description.

New York/Remote


Asylum Case Management Intern

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks an Asylum Case Management Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Asylum Program Associate

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Internship Description

Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) Asylum Program seeks an intern wishing to gain direct experience in the program’s activities as well as long-term data collection and retention projects of a growing international nonprofit. The internship is ideal for someone looking for a career in immigration law, human rights, or nonprofit management.

The Asylum Program recruits and trains volunteer health professionals to provide evaluations and affidavits to asylum seekers and other immigrants who must provide documentation of torture or abuse in order to prevail in their immigration applications. More than 2,000 volunteer clinicians working with PHR have helped thousands of survivors of human rights violations gain asylum and other kinds of permanent status in the United States.

Starting this summer, PHR will offer stipends to student interns. The specific stipend amount will be determined by the average number of hours worked by the intern per week. Details will be further provided during the interview process.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drafting de-identified case summaries to be sent to clinicians interested in conducting evaluations.
  • Corresponding with physicians for contact information and availability updates, and helping to welcome new volunteers to PHR’s asylum network.
  • Connecting attorneys and clinicians regarding placement of cases.
  • Reviewing and coding affidavits to identify trends and potential research topics.
  • Assisting with vital data-entry and auditing tasks, including brainstorming solutions on how to improve data management.
  • Following up with attorneys on adjudication results of clients examined and other case-related information.
  • Working closely with the asylum program team to develop and implement new systems to collect and report out the results of the program’s work. 
  • Assisting with the planning of forensic trainings.
  • Monitoring current events and developments in immigration law and detention policy.

You 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 the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the development associate.

 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
  • 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 desired

Location and Hours

  • The intern will be based entirely due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks
  • We welcome applications from candidates located out of state
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The internship will commence in June with at least an eight-week commitment

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “Asylum Case Management Summer 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Communications Intern

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Communications Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Senior Manager, Media Strategy

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

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 his/her learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

Starting this summer, PHR will offer stipends to student interns. The specific stipend amount will be determined by the average number of hours worked by the intern per week. Details will be further provided during the interview process.

Duties and 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 based entirely due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks
  • We welcome applications from candidates located out of state
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The internship will commence in June with at least an eight-week commitment

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “Communications Intern, Summer 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Digital Media Intern

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Digital Media Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Digital Communications Manager and Digital Director

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Internship Description

The digital media internship is ideal for a student seeking a hands-on opportunity to work on social media, graphic design, and video editing in a nonprofit setting. The intern will work as an integral part of PHR’s digital team to help spread awareness of PHR’s efforts to document and prevent human rights abuses around the world.

The digital media 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. 

Starting this summer, PHR will offer stipends to student interns. The specific stipend amount will be determined by the average number of hours worked by the intern per week. Details will be further provided during the interview process.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create content for PHR’s growing social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  • Help maintain PHR’s social media calendar in order to plan out content for each week and month
  • Assist with social media outreach and engagement and find key influencer stakeholders in the medical and human rights space
  • Monitor social media platforms and track relevant news stories, as well as trending hashtags and topics
  • Design graphics and edit or transcribe videos using Canva and/or Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Help plan social media campaigns, such as Instagram Lives and Twitter Chats
  • Assist digital team with COVID-19 webinar series, including creating promotional copy and graphics, live-tweeting, and clipping video
  • Track and report on PHR’s social media analytics

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in digital media, communications, international relations, or other relevant major
  • Interest in digital and social media work in a nonprofit setting
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Canva, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with (or interest in learning) social media platforms 
  • 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
  • Not afraid to take initiative and suggest ideas
  • Sense of humor a plus

Location and Hours

  • The intern will be based entirely due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks
  • We welcome applications from candidates located out of state
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The internship will commence in June with at least an eight-week commitment

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “Digital Media Intern, Summer 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Human Resources Intern

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Human Resources Intern.

Location: Remote or New York

Reports to: Deputy Director of HR

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Internship Description

The human resources and operations internship is ideal for a student interested in a career in global human resources or nonprofit management and operations. This intern will gain direct experience in developing and implementing key policies and administrative strategies for a growing, international nonprofit organization.

The human resources and operations intern will collaborate with staff from various departments to gain a fuller understanding of the behind-the-scenes running of a nonprofit organization. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

Starting this summer, PHR will offer stipends to student interns. The specific stipend amount will be determined by the average number of hours worked by the intern per week. Details will be further provided during the interview process.

Duties and Responsibilities

Human Resources

  • Assist with PHR’s employee recruitment, onboarding, and selection processes
  • Research current labor and employment laws in the United States and overseas
  • Maintain, audit and update human resources files and records
  • Research human resources best practices

Operations

  • Contribute to projects for and requests from PHR staff
  • Collaborate with staff on technology-initiatives initiatives
  • Communicate with vendors, contractors, and consultants
  • Provide support for office management general operations, including office reopening

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study; specialization in human resources, business administration, or a related field preferred
  • General knowledge of and interest in human resources concepts and terminology
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills
  • Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels
  • Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion

Location and Hours

  • This intern can be Remote or New York
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The internship will commence in June with at least an eight-week commitment

How to Apply                                                                                  

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “HR Intern, Summer 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


MENA Investigations Intern

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks an Arabic-speaking MENA Investigations Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Program Officer

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Internship Description

The MENA 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 Syria with a focus on attacks on health care facilities and personnel. PHR utilizes this documentation to inform the media, motivate governments and the UN to denounce such violations of international law, and reinforce those attacks on medical workers, hospitals, and health care infrastructure must stop. 

The MENA Investigations 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.

Starting this summer, PHR will offer stipends to student interns. The specific stipend amount will be determined by the average number of hours worked by the intern per week. Details will be further provided during the interview process.

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
  • Conduct, analyze, and organize open-source research on attacks against health care in Syria
  • 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
  • Must sufficiently speak, read, and write in Arabic
  • Professional working proficiency (written and verbal) in MSA and Levantine 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 based entirely due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks
  • We welcome applications from candidates located out of state
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The internship will commence in June with at least an eight-week commitment

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “MENA Investigations Intern, Summer 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Research and Investigations Intern

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Research and Investigations Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Director of Research and Investigations

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Internship Description

The Research and Investigations intern is an ideal role for a budding human rights activist interested in research, analysis, writing, and hands-on nonprofit programmatic experience. Reporting to PHR’s Director of Research and Investigations, this intern will assist with a variety of projects relating to international human rights, including in-depth background research for on-going and upcoming research projects and investigations across a range of geographies (e.g., United States, Syria, Ukraine, Myanmar), synthesizing material from a variety of sources, and helping to research and draft public-facing communications material, e.g., blog posts, op-eds, and background sections for reports. Over the course of the internship, the intern will have the opportunity to develop one or more substantive written products, attend departmental and staff meetings (remotely), as well as participate in regular learning and social events with other PHR interns and staff to round out their learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring

Starting this summer, PHR will offer stipends to student interns. The specific stipend amount will be determined by the average number of hours worked by the intern per week. Details will be further provided during the interview process.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct and assist with research for current or future PHR investigations, as well as exploratory areas for future PHR programming
  • Contribute to drafting of reports, advocacy briefs, programmatic memos, and op-eds/blogs, including proofreading and adding footnotes for program publications
  • Track and document relevant current events and country-specific developments for internal discussions, as well as development of communications and advocacy strategies
  • Monitor current and future advocacy opportunities and help develop appropriate materials
  • Review, format, and polish PHR documents, including fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, concept notes, and pitches
  • Collaborate with PHR staff and partners on additional events, meetings, or projects

 Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree; program of study specializing in international human rights, law, public health/policy, medicine, social sciences, or related field preferred, but not required
  • Interest in and commitment to health and human rights, international humanitarian law, health equity, racial justice
  • Strong analytical, writing, and research skills, including open-source information
  • Facility with coding and qualitative research methodologies is also helpful
  • Ability to work collaboratively, and professionally
  • Ability to work independently and to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to exercise discretion

Location and Hours

  • The intern will be based entirely due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks
  • We welcome applications from candidates located outside of New York City and/or outside of the United States
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules
  • The internship will commence in June with at least an eight-week commitment

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “Research and Investigations Intern, Summer 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.