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.

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!

“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

Summer 2020 Internships


Communications Intern, Summer 2020

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 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 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 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 “Communications Intern Summer 2020” 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 and Operations Intern

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 June with at least a 11/12 weeks  commitment.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “HR and Operations Intern Summer 2020” 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.


Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Intern

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 June with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern Summer 2020” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Research Intern

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/Bengali 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 June with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Research Intern Summer 2020” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.


Programs on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern (Nairobi, Kenya)

Internship Description

PHR is an international non-governmental organization that uses medicine and science to investigate and pursue accountability for mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. In Kenya, PHR is implementing the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, with the primary objective of enhancing capacities for the collection, documentation, preservation and application of court-admissible evidence for prosecution of sexual offences, within the health, law enforcement, legal, judicial and other key sectors.

The Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) internship is ideal for an individual 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, the use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation. PHR internships offer individuals an opportunity to learn and gain skills in the human rights sector. PHR internships are unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit and should check with their academic institutions for requirements. Please note that you will be required to commit your time for 3 – 6 months to qualify for this internship.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the logistics, preparation, and facilitation for training, conferences, meetings and other program events.
  • Help to maintain program data(bases), including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data, training participants, partners, networks, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature.
  • Assist in the management of PHR social media pages including content development.
  • Execute administrative tasks related to procurement, budgeting, and reporting. Including supporting administrative aspects of proposal development.
  • Assist in the maintenance of project management systems, including inventory management and filing.
  • Support in the development and maintenance of the team activity calendar.
  • Research and analyze relevant international legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence.
  • Monitoring developments relating to sexual violence and creating weekly news digests for PHR staff and consultants.

Qualifications and Experience

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 is expected to commence in April with at least a 3 – 6 month commitment.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org and copy eowange@phr.org. Include “Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern – Nairobi, Kenya” in the subject line. All applications should be received by 27th March 2020.