Paid Human Rights Internships

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The internship is expected to last between 8 and 12 weeks,

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.

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 their work and develop a range of professional skills through internships with our Advocacy, Legal and Detention Monitoring teams.

UPR Info Geneva Internship
Various | Switzerland

UPR Info is a non – profit, non – governmental organisation (NGO) with 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.

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. These are for university students and young graduates that are interested in working on child rights at an international level.

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.