Summer 2014-Anti-Trafficking Campaign Internship
Human Rights First - Washington, DC

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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 is undertaking a campaign focused on identifying, interrupting, and prosecuting trafficking (both sex and labor) in places where men gather temporarily or for fixed periods (male dominated gatherings). A key part of our strategy is to galvanize a high-level group of men to urge other leaders at male-dominated locations to play a role in exposing and ending trafficking, persuade U.S. and international policy makers to step up enforcement and prosecution, and to educate men at male-dominated locations about how to recognize and report trafficking.

Human Rights First is seeking an Anti-Trafficking Intern who will work closely with the campaign staff to provide programmatic and administrative support to the anti-trafficking campaign, including conducting feasibility studies and other research.

  • Conduct research to support campaign objectives and advocacy;
  • Research relevant legislation and legislators backgrounds and voting records;
  • Monitor and attend congressional hearings;
  • Assist with campaign-related event preparations, as needed; and organizing and logistics
  • Administrative and other tasks as needed.
Education: Currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited undergraduate or graduate school.


START DATE: Late May/early June 2014

TIME COMMITMENT: Half to Full time, minimum of 10 12 weeks

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 1, 2014. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application at:

You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload)
  • Cover letter (upload) addressed to Sugeily Fernandez. Please include how you heard about this internship position and your anticipated start date and availability.
  • Writing Sample (upload)

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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