Internships at PHR

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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.

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U.S./Remote

Kenya/Remote


Communications Intern

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.

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

  • 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 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 10- 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 2021” 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

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. 

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

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 remote due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks. PHR welcomes applications from candidates located out of state.
  • The internship starts in early June 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 “Digital Media Intern, Fall 2021” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship


Nairobi Internship

Location: This position is usually located in our Nairobi, Kenya office, but is remote while offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Classification: Unpaid Internship.

Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in Kenya.

Internship Description

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 unpaid. However, students may be able to arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Reports to: Program Officer, Kenya

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 entirely remote due to PHR’s ongoing evaluation of coronavirus health risks. If partially in person, the intern will be asked to report to the PHR Kenya office in Nairobi. 
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules. 
  • The internship will commence in August with at least a 12-week commitment.

To Apply

Please combine your cover letter and resume as one pdf or a word document (no longer than 2 pages) and send it to resumes@phr.org. Indicate your “Last Name/First Name, Nairobi Intern” in the email subject line.

A complete application consists of:

  • A thoughtful cover letter explaining why you are qualified for/interested in the Nairobi Intern position with PHR. 
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

Only complete applications in the format requested sent to resumes@phr.org will be considered.