Intern at the Human Rights Watch in Brussels



Communications Division

Brussels Office

Winter 2013/Spring 2014

Apply Immediately


Internship Description: The Communications division of Human Rights Watch ("HRW") in the Brussels office is seeking  candidates to intern with the team and engage in various tasks including, but not limited to, monitoring media in European countries;  pitching and distributing HRW press releases and reports; responding to press inquiries;  planning meetings and events; and database management. This internship will start in early December and last four to six months.  


This internship is unpaid.  However, interns may be reimbursed for some lunch and local travel costs 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.


Qualifications: Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights, news media, and social media. They must possess an excellent verbal and written command of English and professional-level proficiency in at least one of the following languages: Polish, Spanish, or Portuguese. Candidates should be sharp, analytical, quick-thinking, and sensible with a thorough command of internet research tools.


How to Apply: Please apply immediately by sending a letter of interest, resume or CV, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited pitch note for a recent HRW report to:  Please use "Europe Communications Internship" as the subject of your mail. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only selected candidates will be notified. No calls or email inquiries, please.


Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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