Deadline for application: As soon as possible
Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.
The Legal & Policy Office of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a full-time intern to join the team on the case against Hissène Habré. HRW has been working for 13 years with the victims of Chad's exiled former President, Hissène Habré, to bring him to trial.
The internship will last a minimum of six months, starting in August 2013. The intern will be supervised by HRW’s Counsel. The internship will primarily focus on liaising with HRW’s partners in Senegal and Chad, drafting advocacy letters and press releases, monitoring press and events and assisting with research.
This internship is unpaid. Some lunch and local travel costs may be reimbursed as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.
The internship is open to law students, law graduates, and graduate students with expertise in international criminal law or international relations. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights. Oral and written fluency in French and proficiency in English is required.
How to apply
Please apply immediately by emailing a letter of interest in English or French, a resumé, two names or letters of reference and, if possible, a brief, unedited writing sample in French or English to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use 'Habré Internship Application – Summer 2013' as the subject of your email and specify your dates of availability. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.