Development & Outreach Intern

Application Deadline: 5 November 2021 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern for the Development and Outreach Department for its Copenhagen office. Ideally, the candidate will be available for 20 to 40 hours per week, depending on the associated ECTS-credits from the academic institution. Starting in early February 2022 and lasting until the end of June, the duration of the internship will be 20 weeks. Internships are unpaid, and interns in Denmark must be enrolled as a student for the duration of their internship term.

Due to COVID-19, many of our offices remain closed or are open at a limited capacity. HRW prioritizes the safety of our interns. In locations that have eased office restrictions and are open at a limited capacity, interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis in accordance with HRW’s COVID-19 policies.

This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience within a small office of a large international non-profit organization. The intern will gain experience and skills in human rights outreach, communication, and event management. The internship offers flexibility and provides a comprehensive introduction to working in a human rights organization. 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 main tasks during the internship may include:

Outreach and fundraising: The intern will assist in HRW’s work of promoting and protecting human rights with a focus on outreach and fundraising activities. Furthermore, the intern will support the team by planning and organizing events; helping create content and strategy; drafting documents and other correspondence related to donor outreach; operating the fundraising and donor management database; conducting prospect research; and conducting desk research for development and outreach projects.

Communication: Interns will assist with optimizing and deploying the communications strategy, that will enhance Human Rights Watch presence on social media. This will include attending weekly meetings with the communications team in Stockholm. Interns will also help produce content and text for newsletters and invitations to events and seminars, as well as drafting monthly communication reports.

Qualifications: Applicants who are enrolled in a relevant academic undergraduate or graduate program that has touched upon either communications or human rights are encouraged to apply. Applicants pursuing professional bachelor programs may also be considered. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, creative, flexible, and detail- oriented with excellent time management skills. Experience with collaborating within a team is desirable. Experience with creating content for social media is highly desirable. Experience with graphical software editing programs such as the adobe-package is desirable. Internet research skills and familiarity with MS Office programs, such as Word and Excel, are essential. Given the focus on communications, it is a requirement that candidates have excellent written and oral skills in English and are native in Danish. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in communication, fundraising, and human rights.

Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in Denmark for the duration of the internship.

The internship is unpaid. Interns in Denmark must be an enrolled student for the duration of their internship term. The internship must be a part of their school program, to ensure that they receive funding from the government. 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 Copenhagen based and international organizations alike. 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  (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. 

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer. 

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 governments and international institutions.

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