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 provides students with a stipend of $500, upon completion of the internship program. Details will be further provided during the interview process.

PHR is currently accepting applications for our Fall 2023 semester.

Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern (Nairobi, Kenya)

The internship under the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) in Nairobi 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 paid a standard stipend between $250-500 after completion of an internship program. Details will be further provided during the interview process.


· 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 university/college 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 Physicians for Human Rights Office- Kenya, in Nairobi office/ remotely (observing Covid protocols).

· 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, and copy Include “Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones – Nairobi Internship Position 2023-2024’ 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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