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.


“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

Fall 2020 Internships

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 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 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 October with at least a 11/12-week commitment.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “HR Intern Fall 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.


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.
  • 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 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 Boston office. We welcome applications from candidates located out of state.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in Tuesday, September 8th 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 Fall 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.


Communications Intern

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.

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 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.
  • The internship starts in early October 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 Fall 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. 


Asylum Intern

PHR’s Asylum Program internship is ideal for a student interested in pursuing a career in immigration law, human rights, or nonprofit management. The Asylum Program recruits and trains volunteer health professionals to provide evaluations and affidavits to asylum seekers and other immigrants who must provide documentation of torture or abuse in order to prevail in their immigration applications. The Asylum intern works closely with the PHR Asylum Program team to manage data, update training content, and support health professionals.

The asylum intern will be attending 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

  • Draft de-identified case summaries to provide to clinicians interested in conducting evaluations.
  • Liaise with attorneys to obtain adjudication results of clients examined and other case-related information
  • Analyze affidavits to identify trends and potential research topics.
  • Monitor new developments in immigration law and detention policy.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program; program of study specializing in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights, including immigrant rights.
  • Strong analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with PHR staff and external partners.
  • Mature judgement and a self-starter.
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to maintain confidentiality.

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.
  • The internship will commence in early October with at least a 10-week commitment
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@phr.org. Include “Asylum Intern Fall 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.


Digital Training Intern, Summer 2020 Internship Description (France)

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The intern will assist PHR’s Police and Justice Expert in the conceptualization, filming and editing of training videos to develop the capacity of PHR’s partners to collect forensic evidence in cases of sexual violence. This internship is a great opportunity for someone interested in human rights who has a technical background in digital communications, especially video editing.

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

  • Participate in the creation of a digital training strategy for PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones.
  • Assist Police and Justice Expert in drafting outlines/shotlists for digital training modules focused on human rights, investigations of international crimes, forensic evidence, and combatting sexual violence in armed conflicts. 
  • Organize and direct recording sessions for video training modules.
  • Work with Police and Justice Expert to film sequences following the outline developed, integrate instructional elements and effects such as embedded images, links, and subtitles.
  • Work in collaboration with PHR global experts and staff from the U.S. on video products, integrating their feedback and suggestions.
  • Produce a digital curriculum that integrates videos produced, external resources, suggested webinars and any other relevant materials.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Currently enrolled in an undergrad or master program.
  • Proficiency in French and English. Knowledge of Lingala or Swahili (written & spoken) would be a major asset.  
  • Strong interest in human rights, international justice, and combatting violence against women and children.
  • Knowledge of video learning materials and digital communications.
  • Experience with video equipment and multimedia editing software
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, international environment
  • Works well under pressure, meeting tight deadlines while thoughtfully completing tasks 

Location and Hours

  • Preferably working remotely from France with the possibility to come to Lyon on occasion. If the candidates is not living in France but already plans to travel there for part of the Summer, we could also consider them. 
  •  25 hours per week (we would consider less).
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org. Include “Digital Training 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.