Internships at PHR

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Physicians for Human Rights 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

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 Fall 2022 internship semester. Click below to jump to each internship description.

New York/Remote


Advocacy & Policy Intern, Fall 2022

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 Advocacy and Policy Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Deputy Director, Advocacy

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) 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 offers 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

  • 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 internship will be entirely remote 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 September with at least a 12-week commitment.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to resumes@phr.org. Include “Advocacy & Policy Intern, Fall 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, Fall 2022

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: Media Strategy, Senior Manager

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 the learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR offers 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 internship will be entirely remote due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks.
  • PHR welcomes applications from candidates located out of state.
  • The internship starts in September and requires at least a 12-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 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 – Media and Publications Intern, Fall 2022

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 – Media and Publications Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Media Strategy, Senior Manager

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 – media and publications 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 the learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR offers 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 internship will be entirely remote due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks.
  • PHR welcomes applications from candidates located out of state.
  • The internship starts in September and requires at least a 12-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 – Media and Communications Intern, Fall 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, Fall 2022

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

Reports to: Deputy Director of Human Resources

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.

PHR offers 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.
  • 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

  • The internship will be entirely remote due to PHR’s ongoing evaluation of coronavirus health risks.
  • PHR welcomes applications from candidates located out of state.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in September with at least a 12-week commitment.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Human Resources Intern, Fall 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, Fall 2022

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 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 (Middle East and North Africa) 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 that 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 the learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR offers 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 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
  • Must sufficiently speak, read, and write in Arabic
  • 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 will be entirely remote due to PHR’s evaluations of coronavirus health risks.
  • PHR welcomes applications for candidates out of state.
  • The internship will commence in September with at least a 12-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 “MENA Investigations Intern, Fall 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.