Job Description
Job Title Spring 2014 Internship - General Program
Job ID 752292
Begin Date 9/27/13
Location Washington,  DC 20005
Other Location
Description Human Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.

Human Rights First has a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. We focus our efforts not on making a point, but on making a difference. We know from experience that human rights progress is more durable when diverse partners work together to bring about change, so we build strategic, non-partisan alliances to support our objectives. We pride ourselves on this practical, inclusive approach. It works.      

Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.

Human Rights First is seeking a General Program Intern who, under the direction of the Office Manager, will provide administrative and programmatic support to the day-to-day operations of the DC office and help advance the organization’s advocacy goals. The General Program Intern will work closely with program staff from the Refugee Protection, Law and Security, Human Rights Defenders, Business and Human Rights, and Crimes Against Humanity Programs on a variety of research and administrative projects.

Administrative Support
  • Assist with reception coverage, including answering phones, greeting office visitors, replying to requests for assistance in immigration cases, and collecting/distributing mail;
  • Maintain an inventory of office supplies and order additional supplies when necessary; and
  • Assist in the intern recruitment process, including reviewing applications and interviewing candidates.
Program Support
  • Screen asylum calls including explaining our asylum legal representation program and referring non-asylum seekers to appropriate legal service organizations in the Washington DC area;
  • Monitor and attend congressional hearings;
  • Represent the organization at partner organizations’ roundtables, panels and events;
  • Update country condition reports for the Refugee Protection program using annual Human Rights Reports;
  • Assist in the development and execution of HRF-sponsored events and meetings;
  • Research legislators’ backgrounds and voting records; and
  • Coordinate with other HRF staff on government advocacy initiatives as needed.

EDUCATION:  Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited undergraduate university.
START DATE:         January 2014
TIME COMMITMENT:   Minimum 15 to 20 hours per week, for at least 10 – 12 weeks
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  November 15, 2013. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application at:
You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload) – please include any languages spoken
  • Cover letter (upload) – addressed to Allena Martin. Please include how you heard about this internship position and your anticipated start date and availability
Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

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.
Required Skills •Interest in human rights and American policymaking;

•Proficiency in Spanish or French;

•Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and to work in a professional manner;

•Previous work or internship experience in an office environment;

•Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills;

•Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and be a team player;

•Outstanding interpersonal skills, patience, and ability to work with a diverse range of clients; and

•Sense of humor.
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