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Intern (m/f/d)

Human Rights Watch Internship  Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz 11 Jun 2019

Job Description

Internship Development and Outreach Department:

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an

Intern (m/f/d)

for its Zurich office.
Ideally, the candidate will be available part-time for approximately 16 hours a week starting at the end of August 2019 / beginning of September until the end of December 2019 (hours are flexible).

The intern will gain knowledge of the organization’s priority human rights issues and will receive training on fundraising, event management, and information tracking skills. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, the intern will have the opportunity to attend lectures, trainings and special events relating to human rights.

Internships are unpaid. However, students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.


  • The internship will primarily focus on planning and coordinating various events in the fall, including public film screenings in November and December 2019.
  • The intern will build skills in conducting foundation research, drafting general correspondence, and using databases.
  • Other projects may be assigned as they arise and match the intern’s interests and abilities.


  • Applicants should be detail-oriented, well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with an interest in international human rights.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in German and English are required.
  • Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are essential. Database experience and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge are desirable.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to intern in Switzerland.

How to Apply: Please apply by June 21, 2019 by visiting our online job portal and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest, and a brief writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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