4 Well Paid Human Rights Internships Abroad

United States Mission Geneva Human Rights CC 2.0 Council Chamber: Photo Taken During Urgent Debate on Syria
United States Mission Geneva Human Rights CC 2.0 Council Chamber: Photo Taken During Urgent Debate on Syria


Summer Program Intern, Human Rights Foundation

The HRF is an organization that helps educate individuals and fight for their most basic rights on a global scale. Their full-time internship program accepts applicants on a rolling basis for a variety of administrative tasks. These include editing documents, maintaining an online presence via social media, and doing research. All of the internships are based out of the HRF’s New York City office. Each month, interns receive a stipend of one thousand dollars. Candidates must be enrolled in postsecondary education, but are not required to have any other work experience. They should, however, have excellent research skills. Applications are accepted at all times.

Campaigns and Outreach Intern – Demos

Demos seeks to influence policies and policy makers in a way that benefits communities and enriches the democratic system of the United States. The Campaigns and Outreach Intern is a position that supports this goal by researching relevant officials and their policies, keeping track of issues of interest via news sources, and documenting statistics. Demos is willing to hire interns on a full-time or part-time basis at their New York City office, and interns will earn a wage of $12.25 an hour. They will also receive paid sick days. Candidates need not have extensive experience or relevant education as long as they have the Demos’ desired attributes—attention to detail, interest in the subject matter, etc. No application deadline has been detailed but the position begins immediately and will run until August 31.

Summer Legal Internship – American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

The ACLUF is an organization with the primary goal of protecting the freedom of US citizens. This particular internship is in place to aid their current Immigrants’ Rights Project; an initiative aimed at assisting immigrants access the resources they need in order to enjoy the full benefits of United States residency. This is a full-time position lasting about ten weeks. Though the start date is flexible, the ACLUF would prefer the intern begin on March 31. Duties involve performing legal research and writing. To be qualified, candidates must be enrolled in law school. There are positions available in California and in New York, and a stipend will be offered to students not receiving either college credit or other financial assistance. A deadline for applications has not been specified.

2016 Summer Next Leaders Program – Institute for Policy Studies

This is a ten week program that promises real, hands on experience in tackling issues of human rights, environmentalism, and other social justice activism. Interns can expect to attend a variety of workshops and seminars, as well as to receive mentorship throughout their posting. The IPS pays their interns $11.50 an hour, and the workweek is thirty hours. There are a plethora of opportunities available, all presumably located at IPS’ Washington, DC office. Students at all levels of education are eligible to apply. Applications must be received no later than March 31, and the start date for the program is June 6.

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