Communications Division Intern

Brussels Office

Application Deadline: 5 February 2023

The Communications Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a university student or recent graduate with proficiency in English and at least one other European language to intern full-time in the Brussels office. Ideally, the candidate will be available for six months beginning in February 2023 (internship hours are flexible, though this is a full-time internship).

Due to COVID-19, many of our offices remain are operating 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.  

Responsibilities: The intern will contribute to media and communication related projects on a range of topics and will learn about media monitoring for European countries, creating effective social media content, liaising with the press, and organizing meetings and events. They will also contribute to the production of our Daily Brief. 

Human Rights Watch internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other international organizations.

Interns may also have opportunities to attend virtual lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees.

Qualifications:  Applicants enrolled in a university or other academic institutions for the duration of the internship term are highly preferred. The internship must be a required part of the intern’s academic program. In some circumstances, applicants can be recent graduates of an academic program who are undergoing an internship for further training. Students are strongly encouraged go secure external funding through grants or scholarships, such as the Erasmus+ program or other similar programs. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights, news media, and social media. Excellent verbal and written command of English and one other European language are required (Greek, Polish are desirable). Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

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

Compensation: This internship is unpaid. However, interns who are currently enrolled students will be reimbursed for their lunch and local travel costs as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Interns who are recent graduates will receive a gross stipend of EUR 920 per month. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships may offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, and interaction with other 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, and a 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.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. 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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