The UN Advocacy Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking interns for its Geneva office.

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, innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of governments and international institutions.

Roles and Responsibilities

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic program for the duration of the internship are highly preferred.
  • Strong proven oral and written command of English is essential and 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.


Interns will receive a gross monthly stipend of CHF 1,550 per month, which will be pro-rated based on the number of hours worked.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates, Please apply immediately by visiting the online job portal at and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, and brief writing sample.

Application Deadline

5th May 2023.



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