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Human Rights Watch Student Internships

Internship opportunities available immediately at Los Angeles Human Rights Watch.

By Sheila Breeding

Internship opportunities at Human Rights Watch - info forwarded by Dario Bravo, UCLA Career Center.  UCLA students -- register with the Career Center and receive important information about internship, job opportunities, etc. - www.career.ucla.edu

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies of influential governments and international institutions.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

INTERNSHIP OPENING -- STUDENT TASK FORCE INTERNSHIP
Development and Outreach Department -- Los Angeles Office
Spring 2007 -- Apply Immediately

Internship Description:
Currently, the LA office has one opening for a Student Task Force (“STF”) intern. Ideally, the selected candidate would begin in early January 2007 and continue until the end of the academic school year (mid June 2007). Based in LA, STF is a Human Rights Watch-sponsored youth leadership-training program that brings together high school students from all over Los Angeles and empowers them to advocate for the rights of children. Human Rights Watch staff, interns, and STF teachers work in partnership to mentor students in leadership skills and activism, fostering confidence and maturity among students and enabling them to become effective voices for change and social justice within their communities. Each STF intern has many opportunities for substantive responsibility, which makes the STF internship a rewarding and uplifting learning experience.

Responsibilities of the STF intern include, but are not limited to, creating and organizing advocacy opportunities for the STF campaign on the crisis in Darfur; maintaining an ongoing relationship with local STF high schools, student leaders and faculty advisors and attending their weekly meetings; coordinating outreach events with participating STF high schools, student leaders and faculty advisors; establishing and maintaining communication with HRW’s NY-based Children's Rights Division research staff; and assisting with other office-related tasks.

Internships are unpaid. Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week spread over three weekdays for a minimum of three months. Academic credit can often be arranged as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with community activists and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Qualifications:
The ideal STF intern should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in children’s rights. Experience with advocacy and working with volunteers is highly desired. Availability for a minimum of 15 hours per week, three days per week and occasional night events is a must. Computer skills (i.e. MS Word, MS Excel, and Internet applications) are required. Graphic and web design experience is a plus.

How to Apply:
Please apply immediately by emailing the following four items to LAjobs@hrw.org: 1) Letter of interest, indicating availability in the first paragraph, as well as applicant's specific human rights interests (length ­ 1 pg.) 2) Resume, including the names and contact information for three professional and/or academic references (length ­ 1 pg.) 3) Professional/administrative writing sample (unedited by others) (length ­ 1-3 pgs.) 4) Letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference sent to the Los Angeles office via fax: (310) 477-4622 or postal mail: 11500 W. Olympic Blvd. #441 Los Angeles, CA 90064

Please use “STF INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

More information on the STF internship program can be found at: http://hrwcalifornia.org/south/internships.htm.
More information about the Student Task Force can be found at http://hrwcalifornia.org/south/stf.htm.
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INTERNSHIP OPENING -- WOMEN’S RIGHTS COMMITTEE INTERNSHIP
Development and Outreach Department -- Los Angeles Office
Spring 2007 -- Apply Immediately

Internship Description:
Currently, the LA office has an opening for a Women's Rights Committee (WRC) intern. Ideally, the selected candidate would begin in early January 2007 and continue through May 2007. Based in LA, the WRC is a group of concerned and motivated women's rights advocates from Los Angeles who seek to support the Women's Rights Division through public education events, media outreach and fundraising. The WRC intern will have many opportunities for substantive responsibility including helping organize the Women’s Rights Committee Spring Fundraiser.

Responsibilities of the Women's Rights Committee intern include, but are not limited to, helping to create and organize advocacy opportunities for the Women's Rights Committee; maintaining an ongoing relationship with WRC members; attending WRC meetings and taking minutes; assisting with outreach event logistics, including the Women’s Rights Committee Spring Fundraiser; establishing and maintaining communication with HRW’s NY-based Women's Rights Division research staff; and assisting with other office-related tasks.

Internships are unpaid. Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week spread over three weekdays for a minimum of three months. Academic credit can often be arranged as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with community activists and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Qualifications:
Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in women’s rights. Experience and/or interest in working with volunteers is preferred. Availability for a minimum of 15 hours per week, three days per week and occasional night events is a must. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required. Graphic and web design experience is a plus.

How to Apply:
Please apply immediately by emailing the following four items to LAjobs@hrw.org: 1) Letter of interest, indicating availability in the first paragraph, as well as applicant's specific human rights interests (length - 1 pg.) 2) Resume, including the names and contact information for three professional and/or academic references (length - 1 pg.) 3) Professional/administrative writing sample (unedited by others) (length ­ 1-3pgs.) 4) Letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference sent to the Los Angeles office via fax: (310) 477-4622 or postal mail: 11500 W. Olympic Blvd. #441 Los Angeles, CA 90064

Please use “WRC INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

More information on the LA internship program can be found at: http://hrwcalifornia.org/south/internships.htm.
More information about the Women's Rights Committee can be found at http://hrwcalifornia.org/south/wrc.htm.
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INTERNSHIP OPENING -- YOUNG ADVOCATES INTERNSHIP

Development and Outreach Department
Los Angeles Office
Spring 2007
Apply Immediately

Internship Description:
Currently, the LA office of Human Rights Watch has one opening for a Young Advocates intern. Ideally, the selected candidate would begin in early January and continue through mid May 2007. Based in LA, the Young Advocates is an association of young professionals committed to the improvement of human rights conditions locally and around the world. Working closely with Human Rights Watch, the Young Advocates conduct limited research, educate the community, and advocate change. Called to action by global and local issues, the Young Advocates work on many campaigns; organize panels as well as educational and outreach events; and provide advocacy opportunities.

Responsibilities of the YA intern include, but are not limited to, helping to coordinate venue, speakers, promotion and other logistics for the Hollywood and Human Rights Briefing Series for Television and Screen Writers; coordinating the Living Room Series Special Speaker Events; coordinating outreach events, including an annual spring fundraiser; and assisting with other office-related tasks.

This internship is unpaid. The YA intern is required to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week spread over three weekdays for a minimum of three months. Academic credit can often be arranged as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with community activists and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Qualifications:
Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in human rights. Experience and/or interest in working with volunteers is preferred. Availability for a minimum of 15 hours per week, three days per week and occasional night events is a must. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required. Graphic and web design experience is a plus.

How to Apply:
Please apply immediately by emailing the following four items to LAjobs@hrw.org: 1) Letter of interest, indicating availability in the first paragraph, as well as applicant's specific human rights interests (length ­ 1 pg.) 2) Resume, including the names and contact information for three professional and/or academic references (length ­ 1 pg.) 3) Professional/administrative writing sample (unedited by others) (length ­ 1-3 pgs.) 4) Letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference sent to the Los Angeles office via fax: (310) 477-4622 or postal mail: 11500 W. Olympic Blvd. #441 Los Angeles, CA 90064

Please use “YA INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

More information on the LA internship program can be found at: http://hrwcalifornia.org/south/internships.htm.
More information about the Young Advocates can be found at http://hrwcalifornia.org/south/ya.htm.

For more info please contact:
Human Rights Watch
LAjobs@hrw.org

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