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.

Nairobi Internship

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

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


  • 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 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 will be considered.