STÁŽ: UN Advocacy Intern

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This internship is unpaid. However, interns may be reimbursed for their 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 may 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 will focus on the activities of the advocacy team before, during, and after the 36th Human Rights Council session and 29th Universal Periodic Review (“UPR”), as well as various Treaty Body reviews and other meetings. The intern will be an active member of HRW’s UN Advocacy Division and will intern closely with other staff members. The internship will involve:

  • Attending Human Rights Council sessions, UPR and other UN meetings and briefing the team on developments;
  • Researching human rights issues concerning the UN human rights mechanisms in Geneva;
  • Attending negotiations of draft resolutions and taking notes to enhance understanding of the material and brief the team;
  • Drafting correspondence and advocacy materials related to the Council and HRW advocacy goals;
  • Organizing advocacy meetings and side-events at the Council; and
  • Contributing to some administrative tasks related to HRW’s advocacy activities.


Strong proven oral and written command of English is essential. Knowledge of French is desirable. Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Outlook, and internet) are required. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues. The ideal candidate should be a disciplined self-starter and a strong team player. Knowledge of the UN system is highly preferred.

Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not Swiss or EU citizens or permanent residents, must possess a valid Swiss visa for the duration of the internship.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

About Human Rights Watch

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.