Communications and Digital Intern

Human Rights Watch, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th July, 2021

Job Description

The Communications Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in media and communications to intern for the fall 2021 semester in the New York office. The student will intern closely with staff in the Communications Division and learn about media monitoring and strategy. Ideally the candidate will be available approximately 20 hours per week from late-September to December 2021 (dates and times are flexible)

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.

Responsibilities: The internship will primarily focus on:

  • Analyzing HRW’s media mentions and digital trends using analytics tools;
  • Drafting briefing documents to be used as a resource by researchers and directors;
  • Conducting desk research to expand and maintain lists of journalists reporting on human rights issues;
  • Creating weekly HTML newsletters;
  • Uploading content to our site using a Content Management System;
  • Analyzing and compiling suggested posts for the HRW Press Twitter feed; and
  • Other projects (e.g. digital projects, research and media outreach), as required.
  • 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 intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship.
  • Students studying journalism, political science, communications, or another relevant field are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, reliable, sensible, and quick-thinking with strong analytical skills.
  • A demonstrated strong interest in news media is required and a demonstrated strong interest in international human rights and social media is desirable.
  • An interest in digital publishing tools would be beneficial. Previous experience with media, communications, and data analysis is not required. Excellent oral and written command of English is essential.
  • Proficiency in a second language is a plus with preference given to Arabic and Chinese. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.


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