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!

Fall 2019 Program

New York, NY
Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern
Asylum Intern
Communications Intern
Fundraising Intern
Human Resources Intern
Research Intern

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

Washington, DC
Advocacy & Policy Intern

Kenya
Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (Nairobi)

New York


Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, Fall 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 judgment, ability 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 October 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 Fall 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, Fall 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 judgment 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 October 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@phr.org. Include “Asylum Intern Fall 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, Fall 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 and write relevant social media copy.
• Research, write, copyedit, and proofread PHR reports, fact sheets, issue and policy briefs, blog posts, web content, newsletter articles, press releases, and other communications materials and prepare them for digital and print publication.

• 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 in PHR’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan.
• The internship starts in early October 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 Fall 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, Fall 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 October with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Fundraising Intern, Fall 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 and Operations Intern, Fall 2019
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.

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

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 security-related initiatives.
  • Communicate with vendors and contractors, including IT support.
  • Provide support for office management and general operations.

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 and/or nonprofit management
•    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 human resources and operations 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 at the end of September with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “HR and Operations Intern Fall 2019” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter and the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.

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Research Intern, Fall 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/Spanish/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 October with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Research Intern Fall 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 – Fall 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 October 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 Fall 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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Washington, DC
Advocacy &Policy Intern – Fall 2019

Internship Description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is looking for a capable and enthusiastic intern wishing to gain direct experience in developing and implementing Congressional and U.S. government human rights advocacy campaigns and policy strategies. You will work under the mentorship of the Washington D.C. Advocacy Officer.

This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in human rights 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, and refugee and asylum protection.

You will receive one-on-one mentorship and have the opportunity to attend advocacy meetings.

Responsibilities
• Assisting with research, policy papers, blog posts, press releases, and internal memos regarding PHR’s research, investigations, and advocacy initiatives.
• Monitoring and documenting relevant current events for internal discussion.
• Contributing to the development of communications and strategic partnerships strategies to promote PHR’s advocacy priorities in U.S. domestic and foreign policy.
• Assisting with general program and administrative work including meeting preparation, background research, data entry, and internal reporting.

Qualifications and Experience
• Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study.
• Strong written and verbal communications skills required, including excellent editing skills.
• Excellent research and analytical skills required.
• Well-organized
• Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights required.
• Mature judgment, strong integrity, and ability to maintain strict confidentiality required.

Location and Hours
• The internship is based in PHR’s Washington D.C. office near McPherson Square.
• Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
• The internship requires at least a 12-week commitment.
• This is an unpaid position.
• You may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with your individual academic institutions for requirements.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Advocacy & Policy Intern, Fall 2019” in the subject line.

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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 an undergraduate 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 Swahili 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  •Kenya work authorization is a prerequisite for this internship

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 October with at least a 12-week commitment

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