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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.


Summer 2021 Internship Opportunities

Advocacy and Policy Intern  

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

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 PHR 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 intern will be based entirely 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 June with at least a 10/12-week commitment. 

How to Apply 

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


Communications Intern 

The communications internship is ideal for a student seeking a hands-on opportunity to work on media relations, multi-channel digital 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 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  

  • 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. 
  • Support production of publications by drafting content, researching, proofreading, formatting, etc. 
  • Support production of organic social media content tailored for each platform, including copy, images and graphics, animation/gifts, and infographics. 
  • Provide implementation support for email campaigns. 
  • Work with digital team to ensure website keywords, metadata, and taxonomy are accurately applied to content and that content is optimized for SEO. 
  • Assist digital team with COVID-19 webinar series, including creating promotional graphics, managing and circulating performance statistics, and cleaning registrant and attendee data.
  • Run reports to track website traffic, fundraising, 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 
  • Experience with (or interest in learning) WordPress and/or managing 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 
  • 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 “Communications Intern Summer 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  

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   

  • Research, write, proofread and copy-edit content for PHR’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 
  • Monitor social media platforms and track relevant news stories on human rights violations around the world. 
  • Assist with social media outreach and engagement and find key influencer stakeholders. 
  • Help maintain PHR’s social media calendar in order to plan out content for each week. 
  • Design digital graphics and edit or transcribe videos. 
  • Track and report on PHR’s social media analytics. 
  • Provide implementation support for email campaigns. 
  • Assist digital team with COVID-19 webinar series, including creating promotional graphics, live-tweeting, managing and circulating performance statistics, and cleaning registrant and attendee data. 

Qualifications and Experience   

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in digital media, communications, journalism, international relations, or other relevant major  
  • Interest in digital 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  
  • 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 Summer 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 


Human Resources and Operations Intern

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 technology-related initiatives.
  • Communicate with vendors and contractors, including IT support.
  • Provide support for 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 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 intern will be based either partially or entirely remote depending on PHR’s ongoing evaluation of coronavirus health risks. If partially in person, the intern will be asked to report to the PHR New York office in midtown Manhattan. We welcome applications from candidates located out of state.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in June with at least a 11/12-week commitment.

How to Apply  

Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “HR & Operations Intern Summer 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.   


Fundraising Intern

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.
  • Support the planning and management of fundraising and cultivation events
  • Learn to utilize Salesforce (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 intern will be based entirely remote due to PHR’s evaluations 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 June with at least a 10-week commitment.

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Fundraising Intern, Summer 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.


Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Intern

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.
  • Assist with data entry on Salesforce related to network members and key strategic partners.
  • Carry out editorial tasks such as drafting blog posts for the PHR website, proofreading and adding footnotes for program publications.
  • Review, format, and polish PHR documents such as curricula, fact sheets, and PowerPoint presentations
  • 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 entirely remote due to PHR’s ongoing 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 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 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.


Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, Summer 2021

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 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 based entirely remote due to PHR’s evaluations of coronavirus health risks.
  • PHR welcomes applications for candidates out of state.
  • The internship will commence in early June with at least a 10/12-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 “Arabic-Speaking Research and Investigations Intern Summer 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.