Fall 2013 Internship - Law and Security Program
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Human Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.

Human Rights First has a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. We focus our efforts not on making a point, but on making a difference. We know from experience that human rights progress is more durable when diverse partners work together to bring about change, so we build strategic, non-partisan alliances to support our objectives. We pride ourselves on this practical, inclusive approach. It works.

Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.

Human Rights First welcomes applications for interns in its Law and Security program. Interns will be based in HRFs New York or Washington office and will be expected to commit to 21 hours of work per week for a minimum 10-12 week period. This is an unpaid internship.

The Law and Security program promotes national security policies that respect human rights, focusing primarily on U.S. counterterrorism measures. We are looking for an intern with a strong interest in and commitment to human rights and excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Supporting program staff through factual research on initiatives concerning U.S. national security policy, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, secret detention facilities, targeted killing, and military justice issues;
  • Assisting the Law and Security program team with research on national security-related legislation;
  • Attending or monitoring and reporting on public events in NYC or DC area;
  • General administrative duties.
  • Synthesizing news, relevant reports, and general information into periodic blog posts on topics related to our programs core interests;
  • Reviewing and editing program materials;
  • Monitoring media articles; following debates relevant to national security issues;
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Current undergraduate (preferred) or graduate student at a U.S.-based institution

PAID/UNPAID INTERNSHIP: This is an unpaid internship.

START DATE: Fall 2013

TIME COMMITMENT: Up to 15 hours per week with a minimum 10-12 week commitment

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 6, 2013, applications will be considered on a rolling basis

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application at: www.humanrightsfirst.org

You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload)
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample of your choice, no longer than 5 pages please
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Applicants will receive a confirmation email with their username and password once theyve created a profile. Please keep this information to access your application and make changes at any time.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

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