Job Description
Job Title Spring 2014 Internship-Media Relations
Job ID 752637
Begin Date 10/2/13
Location Washington,  DC 20005
Other Location
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 Washington, D.C.-based Media Relations Intern who will provide support for the Communications Team. The Media Relations Intern will work closely with the Media Relations Director and Associate to advance strategic objectives and assist with day to day projects. The Communications Team works cross-programmatically to increase Human Rights First’s profile and promote our unique approach to human rights advocacy. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in compiling morning news clips for staff;
  • Write blogs and draft press releases;
  • Proofread, edit, and fact check press materials;
  • Work with communications team to ensure timely responses to media inquiries;
  • Research potential targets for pitching press stories;
  • Learn to use media contact database and build distribution lists;
  • Attend press events and assist communications team with distribution of materials; and
  • Monitor administration press briefings.
EDUCATION: Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited undergraduate university.
START DATE: January 2014
TIME COMMITMENT: 15 to 20 hours per week, for at least 10-12 weeks
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15, 2013. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application at:
You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload)
  • Cover letter (upload) – addressed to Corinne Duffy.
  • 1-3 page Writing Sample (upload)

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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 •Excellent writing, editing, and research skills;

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

•Highly organized and superior attention to detail;

•Previous work or internship experience in an office environment and ability to work in a professional manner;

•Interest in human rights and knowledge of the U.S. legislative process; and

•Excellent sense of humor.
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