Job Description
Job Title Spring 2014 Advocacy Internship - National Security Program
Job ID 752296
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.
The task of the Advocacy Intern will be to support the advocacy work of Human Rights First’s Senior Advisor for National Security, particularly in the areas of counter-terrorism strategy, the repeal of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), and Law of Armed Conflict. The Advocacy Intern will work closely with the Senior Advisor for National Security and the National Security Team, to advance program goals and strategic objectives.
Human Rights First’s National Security Program is committed to bringing an end to the 2001 AUMF or any revision that would expand its mandate.  We advocate for a robust counter-terrorism strategy that does not rely on the kinetic option inherent in maintaining a war-footing, instead bringing into balance the kinetic and non-kinetic options available in a whole-of-government approach to counter-terrorism.
  • Legal, policy, and factual research on issues related to national security policy;
  • Monitor and attend congressional hearings, markups and floor debates;
  • Research legislation, legislative history, legislators’ backgrounds and voting records;
  • Assist staff with written and oral correspondence with partner NGOs and government offices; 
  • Represent Human Rights First at various NGO-government liaison meetings and take detailed notes for Human Rights First staff, as needed; 
  • Provide research  and administrative support for and participate in weekly Refugee Protection Program Advocacy meetings;
  • Provide research  and administrative support for and participate in weekly national security related meetings, chaired by Human Rights First;
  • Draft blog posts; contribute to Twitter account,  ; and
  • Administrative and other tasks as needed.
EDUCATION:  Currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited graduate or law school.
START DATE:      January 2014
TIME COMMITMENT:   Minimum of 20 hours per week.  The internship will run for 10 to 12 week period. Please specify if you are available part time or full time in your cover letter.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  November 15, 2013. Applications 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:
  • Resume (upload)
  • Cover letter (secondary upload*)
  • Writing sample (secondary upload*)
  • Names and contact details for two (2) references (enter online)
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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 national security policymaking;

•Demonstrated interest in counter-terrorism and other national security issues;

•Excellent writing, editing, and research skills;

•Excellent communication skills;

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

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

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

•Previous work or internship experience in an office environment;

•Advanced-level proficiency in a variety of computer software applications (MS Office – especially MS Word XP and Excel).

•Savvy with social media tools; and

•Sense of humor.
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