Paid Human Rights Internships

Human Dignity Trust
Gender / LGBTIQA | United Kingdom

The Human Dignity Trust, a group that fights for gender and LGBTIQA rights, offers internships for individuals with a law degree or a degree in a similar field. Interns are responsible for conducting research on subjects of interest to current projects of the organization. Most internships are for 3 months and are paid positions.

MADRE Internships
Gender / LGBTIQA, Health / Reproductive Rights | United States

MADRE is a non-profit organization that fights for human rights, women’s rights, LGBTIQA rights, reproductive rights and healthcare rights for all people. To support their work, the organization offers internships on an as-needed basis. Each internship is different with the job duties, requirements, length of time and qualifications determined on a case-by-case basis.

Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program
Human Rights Law, Technology / Science | United States

The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program fights for more ethical scientific and technological research and development to protect human rights around the world. Ten to twelve week internships are offered by the group and involve 32 hours of work per week. Interns assist with projects, research and proposals and are paid for their work.

Child Rights Connect
Child Rights | Switzerland

Child Rights Connect is member of the “We pay our interns” initative. Child Rights Connect offers 6-month internships with its Secretariat in Geneva, starting in January and July each year. University students and young graduates that are interested in working on child rights at an international level are encouraged to apply.

Reporters Commitee Freedom of Press Internship
Freedom of Media/Press | United States

The Reporters Committee fights for freedom of the press around the world and accepts applicants for fall, spring and summer internships at their offices in Washington, D.C. Interns work primarily on the digital magazine and website for the organization. Students with background in journalism and those who recently graduated with journalism degrees are welcome to apply.

Care USA
Various | United States

Care International helps to save lives, reach social justice, and to defeat poverty around the world, focusing its efforts on women and girls. Interns learn about global development and health, as well as about other topics of international importance. Additionally, professional development is available through CARE’s online university. The US office hires undergraduate and graduate students who want to support its mission. Interns are hired for fall, spring, and summer semesters. The vacancies for each term are posted on the CARE USA website. International vacancies are also posted for CARE’s other sites around the world.

American Red Cross Internships
Health / Reproductive Rights | United States

The Red Cross offers a year-round internship program that allows students to gain experience supporting the organization’s humanitarian work. Interns are accepted at the Washington, D.C., office and at the regional offices around the United States. As interns, students have the opportunity to attend seminars and career development workshops while gaining real working experience.

World YWCA
Gender / LGBTIQA, Health / Reproductive Rights | Switzerland

The World Young Women’s Christian Association works for women’s empowerment, rights, and leadership. It operates in over 120 countries. They focus on poverty, health, violence, stigma, injustice, and discrimination, among other priorities. The World YWCA offers one-year internships and short-term internships. Short-term internship candidates will work in a variety of areas to advance the World YWCA’s work. Applicants must be involved with their YWCA of at least two years. They should be proficient in English and be between 22 and 30 years old and be from an Overseas Development Assistance-eligible country, which are listed on the internship announcement. One-year internship applicants should also have two years of involvement with their YWCA, be between 22 and 30 years old, be proficient in English, and should commit to sharing what they learned with their YWCA after the internship.

Association for the Prevention of Torture Centre Jean-Jacques Gautier
Various | Switzerland

APT are working with academic institutions in Geneva and around the world to offer graduate students the opportunity to learn about APT’s work and develop a range of professional skills through internships with the Advocacy, Legal and Detention Monitoring teams.

FIRE – Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (Legal Interns)
Freedom of Media/Press | United States

FIRE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational foundation headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1999, FIRE has effectively and decisively defended the civil liberties of thousands of students and faculty on our nation’s campuses. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is offering Legal Research Internships.

Demos
Non-Discrimination | United States

Demos is a non-profit organization with a mission to make the United States a true democracy where all people are equal. Throughout the year, the organization will advertise positions for interns as needed to support their various projects. The specific duties of interns and the requirements to be considered for posts vary.

Public Services International
Various | France

Public Services International is a worldwide trade union that represents 20 million working people who work in the vital public services. It promotes human rights, social justice, and access to quality pubic services. The trade union rights internship communications and campaigns internship provides support external news content and campaigns that advocate for trade unions rights. You should have multimedia skills, a bachelor’s degree in a communications-related field, and fluency in English.

UPR Info Geneva Internship
Various | Switzerland

UPR Info is a non – profit, non – governmental organisation (NGO) with their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and two regional offices: in Bangkok, Thailand, for Asia and in Nairobi, Kenya, for Africa. The organisation’s main goal is to ensure all stakeholders seize the opportunity and engage in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process as an effective political mechanism to advance the realization of human rights on the ground.

International AIDS Society
HIV / AIDS |

The International Aids Society is the globe’s largest association of HIV workers. It has members from over 180 countries who all respond to the AIDS problem around the world. The IAS posts different internship vacancies on its website, but as of December 2016, an internship to participate in the IAS 2017 Information Communications Technology onsite Project. Applicants should be currently studying or have recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information technology and have a variety of previous IT experience. Proficiency in English is necessary, and speaking French is a plus. Those living with HIV are encouraged to apply. Applicants need a Swiss work permit.

Frank Jennings Internship (Dublin and Geneva)
Various | Ireland

The Frank Jennings Internship was set up to give an opportunity for dedicated and talented individuals to gain experience working for the protection of human rights defenders in an international NGO and at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Honorarium: €1200 per month Dublin and €1400 per month Geneva.

Equality Internship Programme
Various, Disability / Diversity | United Kingdom

The Equality Internship Programme is a unique internship opportunity for individuals who have a physical or mental disability and are unemployed or under-employed. Offered with assistance from Inclusion Scotland, the program allows qualified individuals to receive a fair rate of pay in a short-term job placement that builds skills and a resume to help interns qualify for permanent employment in the future.

JUSTICE Internships
Human Rights Law | United Kingdom

Interns undertake legal research in one of JUSTICE’s main areas of policy work: human rights, criminal justice or administrative law. For this reason they seek applications from law graduates only. In exceptional cases, JUSTICE will consider applications from non-law graduates who can demonstrate in their application that they have relevant knowledge and experience equivalent to a degree.

Trial International
Human Rights Law |

Trial International supports victims of international crimes by providing legal assistance, litigating cases, developing capacity, and helping to move human rights cases forward. Applicants should have training in international criminal law, humanitarian law and/or human rights and be fluent in English and French. The internships last six months and require a Swiss work permit.

Alkarama Paid Internships
Various | Switzerland

Alkarama is offering full time paid internships in their legal department in Geneva, Switzerland. The work is varied, non-exclusively extending from research, interviewing of victims and recording of testimonies, drafting of complaints for submission to the UN human rights protection mechanisms, attendance and note-taking at UN conferences including the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Bodies sessions, synthesizing of information about individual cases of human rights violations, and drafting of reports.

Amnesty International Internships (International Secretariat)
Various | United Kingdom

Founded 1961 in London, Amnesty International is one of the biggest non-governmental organizations in the world. With almost 7 million supporters the organization takes action on a broad variety of human rights issues. Today the International Secretariat of Amnesty International occasionally offers paid internships in London.

Geneva Institute for Human Rights
Various | Switzerland

In 2016, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Geneva joined forces on the common understanding that promoting human rights worldwide must first be applied to basic human rights in their own structures. As a result of this, they started promoting a basic pay (stipend) for their interns.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Gender / LGBTIQA, Health / Reproductive Rights, Non-Discrimination |

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom brings women from around the world together to work for non-violence and promoting social, economic, and political justice for everyone. Applicants for internships with WILP International should be self-motivated, able to work independently, and be self-motivated, among having other skills. Applicants should be proficient in English. Candidates should only apply for posted internships, which may be in Switzerland or New York.

FIACAT
Freedom from Torture | France

The International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture works to defend human rights by calling for ending torture and the death penalty. Translation or redaction interns are welcome to apply to FIACAT, as well as many other areas.

Heinrich Böll Foundation North America
Climate Change / Environment | United States

The Heinrich Boell Foundation offers internship positions for students who are either enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program or have recently graduated. Internships are full-time positions that last for 3 to 6 months. Students perform administrative tasks for the human rights organization and complete a policy paper and write editorials as a part of the experience.