Arms Division Intern

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern for summer 2020 in the Washington, D.C. office. Ideally, the candidate will be available for 30-35 hours per week for a period of up to 12 weeks in the time frame of April to September 2020 (dates and times are flexible).

Created in 1992, Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division works on weapons of humanitarian concern and to promote compliance by all with international humanitarian law. Currently, the Arms Division works to ensure implementation of humanitarian disarmament instruments like the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions. It coordinates the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a global coalition working to preemptively ban lethal autonomous weapons systems. On behalf of Human Rights Watch, the division is centrally involved in the International Network on Explosive Weapons, which seeks to address the harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities of Syria, Yemen, and other countries.

Responsibilities:

The intern will focus on a variety of projects relating to the Arms Division initiatives. The intern will learn and be exposed to:

  • Tracking and identifying cluster munition and incendiary weapons attacks in Syria;
  • Collecting and reviewing information pertaining to the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Mine Ban Treaty;
  • Conducting research on international negotiations on fully autonomous weapons;
  • Media monitoring; and
  • Contributing to advocacy work.

Other desk research and writing projects may be assigned depending on the intern’s interests and abilities.

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.

Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate (junior or senior standing preferred) or graduate (including law) students for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights. Relevant coursework and previous desk research experience is desirable. Knowledge of a second language, particularly Arabic or another UN working language, is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office and internet applications) are required.

Salary: Interns will be paid an hourly wage of USD 15.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule. 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 US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements. 

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, 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 internships@hrw.org. 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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