Job Description
Job Title Summer 2013-Law and Security Internship (New York)
Job ID 709550
Begin Date 5/1/13
Duration 10-12 week period
Location New York,  NY 10001
Other Location United States
Description Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.
Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

Human Rights First (HRF) welcomes applications for interns in its Law and Security program. Interns will be based in HRF’s New York office and will be expected to commit to 21 hours of work per week for a minimum 10-12 week period.  This is an unpaid internship.

The Law and Security program promotes national security policies that respect human rights, focusing primarily on U.S. counterterrorism measures. We are looking for an intern with a strong interest in and commitment to human rights and excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Supporting program staff through factual research on initiatives concerning U.S. national security policy, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, secret detention facilities, targeted killing, and military justice issues;
  • Assisting the Law and Security program team with research on national security-related legislation;
  • Attending or monitoring and reporting on public events in NYC or DC area;
  • General administrative duties.
  • Synthesizing news, relevant reports, and general information into periodic blog posts on topics related to our program’s core interests;
  • Reviewing and editing program materials;
  • Monitoring media articles; following debates relevant to national security issues;
Current undergraduate (preferred) or graduate student at a U.S.-based institution

START DATE: Summer 2013

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 24, 2013Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Please complete the online application found at our website under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links. 

You will be requested to provide in PDF: 
·        Resume (upload)
·        Cover letter (secondary upload*)
·        Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)

Applications that are missing any of the documents listed above will not be considered.

* After completing the initial application and uploading your resume, please select VIEW PROFILE and UPLOAD ATTACHMENT to upload additional documents. You can also log into your profile from the top of the Job Opportunities page. When logged into your profile, you can upload cover letter, writing sample, and any other relevant documents by selecting UPLOAD ATTACHMENT at the top of the page. 
Applicants will receive a confirmation email with their username and password once they’ve created a profile. Please keep this information to access your application and make changes at any time. 
Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Required Skills •Excellent oral and written communication skills;

•New media / social media-savvy skills/knowledge;

•Excellent research skills, experience with legislative search systems;

•Demonstrated commitment to and informed knowledge of human rights;

•Prior experience with and knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs topics;

•Ability to handle multiple tasks at once while working independently or as a team member; and

•Compassion, empathy, and a sense of humor
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