Internships at PHR

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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.

How to Apply

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to resumes@phr.org. Be sure to include the internship(s) in which you are interested in your subject line. Please note that you are welcome to apply for more than one listing.

You will receive an auto-response to your email indicating that PHR has received your application. Please do not call us; PHR receives many resumes and cannot reply individually to every applicant. If your skills and interests match an open position, we will contact you.

Thank you for considering PHR for a possible internship; we wish you well in your quest for a fulfilling, educational experience!

Spring 2019 Program

New York, NY
Accounting Intern
Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern
Asylum Intern
Asylum Policy Intern
Communications Intern
Forensics Intern and Digital Forensics Intern
Fundraising Intern
Human Resources Intern
Research Intern

Boston, MA
Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Intern

Kenya
Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (Nairobi)

New York

Accounting Intern, Spring 2019

Internship Description
Physicians for Human Rights is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic accounting intern to join our Finance department. The ideal candidate is eager to learn, and has a basic knowledge and understanding of accounting principles. The Accounting Intern will be mentored by the Controller and be involved in the daily activities of the Finance department. The Accounting Intern will be taught the accounting software system (Sage MIP) as well as the expense management system (Concur). 

The Accounting 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 career mentoring provided by the Controller.

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
•    Month end close duties and reporting.
•    Bank reconciliations and reconciling corporate credit cards.
•    Budgetary monitoring.
•    Auditing.
•    Ensuring invoices are entered correctly with supporting documentation.
•    Maintaining financial and administrative files and confidential records.
•    Participate in reconciliation of revenues with development.

Qualifications and Experience
•    Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study; specialization in accounting or finance.
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
•    Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality.
•    Ability to communicate well and work as part of a team.

Location and Hours

•    The intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manahattan.
•    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@phrusa.org. Include “Accounting Intern Spring 2019” 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 2019

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 internship is based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
•    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@phrusa.org. Include “Arabic-Speaking Research and Investigations Intern Spring 2019” 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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Asylum Intern, Spring 2019

Internship Description
PHR’s Asylum Program internship is ideal for a student interested in pursuing 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. The Asylum intern works closely with the PHR Asylum Program team to manage data, update training content, and support health professionals.

The asylum intern will be 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
•    Draft de-identified case summaries to provide to clinicians interested in conducting evaluations.
•    Liaise with attorneys to obtain adjudication results of clients examined and other case-related information
•    Analyze affidavits to identify trends and potential research topics.
•    Monitor new developments in immigration law and detention policy.

Qualifications and Experience
•    Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program; program of study specializing in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred but not required.
•    Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights, including immigrant rights.
•    Strong analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills.
•    Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with PHR staff and external partners. 
•    Mature judgement and a self-starter.
•    Creativity and problem-solving skills.
•    Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
•    Cultural sensitivity and ability to maintain confidentiality.

Location and Hours
•    The asylum intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
•    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, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Asylum Intern Spring 2019” 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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Asylum Policy Intern, Spring 2019

Intern Description
PHR’s Asylum Policy internship is ideal for a student interested in pursuing a career in immigration law, human rights, public health, 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. The Asylum Policy analyst intern works closely with the PHR Asylum Program team to assist with policy research and monitor current immigration laws and policies.

The Asylum Policy intern will be attending 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:
•    Conduct legal/ policy research on current issues in immigration law and detention policy to support development of issue briefs and press statements.
•    Develop factsheets and webinars for Asylum Network clinicians interested in conducting evaluations.
•    Research and contribute to policy papers, blog posts, press releases, and internal memos regarding PHR’s research, investigations, and advocacy initiatives. 
•    Following up with attorneys on adjudication results of clients examined and other case-related information.

Qualifications and Experience:
•    Law student (either JD or LLM) or a currently enrolled graduate school student of MPH strongly preferred.
•    Experience with immigrant populations or immigration cases, through coursework, volunteer, or professional experience highly desirable. 
•    Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights required.
•    Experience working with Microsoft Office and databases.
•    Experience in legal or policy research and analysis.
•    Attention to detail.
•    Strong written and verbal communications skills required, including excellent editing skills
•    Mature judgment and ability to maintain strict confidentiality required.
•    Creativity and problem-solving skills.

•    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and professionally with PHR staff and external partners.

Location and Hours
•    The internship is based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan.
•    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 send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Asylum Policy Intern Spring 2019” 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 2019

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 for a global human rights organization. The intern will work as an integral parts 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.

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 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 in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
•    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@phrusa.org. Include “Communications Intern Spring 2019” 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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Forensics Intern and Digital Forensics Intern, Spring 2019
Internship Description
The forensics internships are perfect for students interested in gaining experience working with PHR’s programs that provide training on the documentation and collection of evidence of human rights violations. PHR’s work in this area has three key goals: 1) to strengthen local initiatives to document human rights violations in accordance with international standards, 2) to hold perpetrators accountable, and 3) to establish an historical record.

The forensics interns 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 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
•    Help develop a database of new forensic investigations.
•    Contribute to the forensic analysis of human rights abuses.
•    Edit reports and public communications.

Qualifications and Experience
•    Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree: program of study specializing in forensic anthropology/science or in a related field.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•    Experience using technology innovation for research and investigation, including computer-aided design of analysis.
•    Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights.
•    Ability to plan, prioritize, and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.
•    Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
•    Cross-cultural experience or understanding.
•   Second language strongly desired.

Digital Forensics Intern: 
•    Experience in digital forensics or digital mapping with preference for the programs  that extract geometric information from 2D images and videos including blender, Agisoft PhotoScan, QGIS, 3D Studio Max, Rhinoceros   3D or similar programs.
•    Training or experience in digital chain of custody and cybersecurity preferred. 

Location and Hours
•    The forensics intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office.
•    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 send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Forensics Intern, Spring 2019” or “Digital Forensics Intern, Spring 2019” 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 2019
Internship Description
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 internship is based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
•    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@phrusa.org. Include “Fundraising Intern, Spring 2019” 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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Human Resources Intern, Spring 2019
Internship Description
The human resources internship is ideal for a student interested in a career in global human resources or nonprofit management. The human resources intern will gain direct experience in developing and implementing key people strategies for a growing, international nonprofit organization. 

The human resources intern will learn about a broad spectrum of HR functions and assist in the development and implementation of HR processes and practices. 
The human resources 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.

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

Responsibilities
•    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.

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
•    The HR intern will be based in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
•    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 email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “HR Intern Spring 2019” 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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Research Intern, Spring 2019

Internship Description
The research intern is the perfect role for a budding human rights activist interested in hands-on nonprofit programmatic experience. This opportunity allows the intern to develop research and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues through PHR’s hands-on work.

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, synthesizing material from a variety of sources, and drafting blog posts and background sections for reports. 

The 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. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Responsibilities
•    Assist with research for PHR’s investigations in Bangladesh (Myanmar Rohingya Crisis), Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere.
•    Monitor and document relevant current events for internal discussion.
•    Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies 
•    Collaborate with PHR staff on additional events or projects
•    Attend meetings at the United Nations or elsewhere as needed.

Qualifications
•    Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree; program of study specializing in international human rights, law, or related field preferred.
•    Interest in and commitment to human rights, especially international humanitarian law.
•    Strong analytical, writing, and research skills.
•    Ability to work collaboratively, and professionally.
•   Ability to work independently .
•    Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
•    Excellent communication skills.
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•    Ability to read/speak Arabic/Rohingya preferred but not required.

Location/Hours
•    The research intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office.
•    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 email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Research Intern Spring 2019” 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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Boston
Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Intern – Spring 2019 
Internship Description
The Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) internship is ideal for a student interested in a career in international law or public health. The intern will have the opportunity to research, learn and write about key areas of interest to the program, including effectiveness of standard practices for care and documentation, use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation.

The intern will attend departmental/ staff meetings, as well as 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.

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

Responsibilities
•    Research and analyze relevant international legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.
•    Assist with the logistics, preparation, and facilitation for trainings, conferences, and other program events.
•    Help develop, code and maintain program data(bases), including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data, training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature.
•    Carry out editorial tasks such as drafting blog posts for the PHR website, and proofreading and footnotes for   program publications.
•    Monitor developments relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests for PHR staff and consultants.

Qualifications and Experience
•    Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program; course of study in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred, but not required
•    Written and/or oral proficiency in French and/or Arabic is an asset
•    Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data is a must
•    Excellent communications skills
•    Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels
•    Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to exercise discretion

Location and Hours
•    The intern will be based in PHR’s Boston office.
•    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@phrusa.org. Include “Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern Spring 2019” 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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Kenya (Nairobi)
The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Nairobi internship is ideal for a student looking for a career in international affairs or public health. The intern will have the opportunity to research, learn and write about key areas of interest to the program, such as effectiveness of standard practices for care and documentation, use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation.

The intern will attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as attend 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. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Responsibilities
•    Researching and analyzing relevant legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and elsewhere.
•    Assist with the logistics, preparation, and facilitation for trainings, conferences, and other program events.
•    Help develop, code and maintain program data(bases), including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data, training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature.
•    Carry out editorial tasks such as drafting blog posts for the PHR website, and proofreading and footnotes for program publications.
•    Monitor developments relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests for PHR staff and consultants.

Qualifications and Experience
•    Current enrollment in or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program; course of study in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred, but not required
•    Written and/or oral proficiency in French and/or Spanish is an asset
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data is a must
•    Excellent communications skills
•    Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels
•    Well organized, detail- oriented, and able to exercise discretion

Location and Hours
•    The intern will be based in PHR’s Nairobi office.
•    Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
•    The internship will commence in January with at least a 12-week commitment

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Nairobi Intern Spring 2019” 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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“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