Europe & Central Asia Division InternSHIP

Human Rights Watch

Berlin, Germany

Internship Description: The Europe and Central Asia (“ECA”) Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking a student to intern in the Berlin office. Ideally the candidate should be available to intern full-time 35 hours per week for three months beginning in mid to late January 2024.

  • The internship will focus on human rights abuses in the ECA region, particularly in the former Soviet Union, European Union, the Western Balkans, and Turkey. The intern will gain a strong understanding of the work of the ECA division and will intern closely with the division’s researchers. The internship will primarily focus on conducting background desk research; drafting summaries and protocols; and participating in meetings in the German foreign ministry, parliament, and elsewhere.
  • Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and through social commitment and apply them in a professional setting.
  • The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term and the internship must be a required part of the intern’s academic program.
  • Students with relevant coursework focusing on the Western Balkans, the EU, the former Soviet Union, human rights, and international law are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and German is essential.
  • Strong writing and research skills with previous experience in the field of human rights or in countries of the region is highly desirable.
  • Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights.
  • Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.