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Asia Division Intern - Multiple Locations Considered

Human Rights Watch

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Asia Division Intern
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

The China team of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking undergraduate/graduate student interns for the summer of 2021. Ideally, interns should be available for 15 – 20 hours beginning in June 2021 for a total of eight (8) weeks. There is preference for the candidate to be based in the United States; however the possibility of interning from other HRW offices (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, or Toronto) will also be considered.

The internship will primarily focus on assisting with research related, but not limited, to Hong Kong and the National Security Law, vaccine access and mandatory vaccination in Mainland China, Chinese technology usage abroad, Chinese diaspora communities, and social media usage. This internship will allow the intern to learn more about China domestic and international human rights issues and regional and international policy-influencing mechanisms.

Due to COVID-19, many of our offices remain closed or are open at a limited capacity. HRW prioritizes the safety of our interns. In locations that have eased office restrictions and are open at a limited capacity, interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis in accordance with HRW’s COVID-19 policies.

Intern will learn and be exposed to:

  • Conducting desk research on closed countries/ censored topics;
  • Using available resources to conduct such open-source research, including reviewing media, policy papers and academic reports;
  • Monitoring legislation and polices related to Chinese human rights;
  • Conducting data-analysis;
  • Identifying and understanding key issues;
  • Drafting a basic level report;
  • Presenting information in the compelling manner;
  • Taking part in some basic advocacy activities, such as drafting and/or submitting official requests to departments and agencies, and contacting official representatives, where appropriate; and
  • Close supervision, evaluation sessions to provide a feedback and support.

Students may also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or 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 apply them in a professional setting.


  • Enrollment in an accredited undergraduate/graduate program for the duration of the internship term is required. The internship must be a required part of the intern’s academic program for successful applicants in certain jurisdictions
  • Strong interest in Chinese human rights issues, particularly related to technology;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights/ or international issues and relevant coursework in China-regional engagement (China-Africa, China-Latin America, China-MENA) is highly desirable;
  • Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, internet applications) and experience completing social science research; and
  • Native-level proficiency in reading Chinese is required. Knowledge of other relevant languages (Arabic, Spanish, etc.) is a plus may overcome the above Chinese language requirement only if the candidate has strong track record in researching the nexus between technology and human rights in the relevant regions.

Compensation: Interns located in the United States will be paid an hourly wage of USD 15.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule and length of employment. Interns located in other jurisdictions will receive compensation based on local law and HRW policy. Students may also be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

How to apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: https://careers.hrw.org and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, and a brief writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email internships@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.
Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of governments and international institutions.

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