Foreign Policy Intern – Spring 2020 (Washington, D.C.)

Human Rights First - Washington, DC4.3

InternshipEstimated: $28,000 - $36,000 a year
Skills
Call for Applications

The role of the Foreign Policy Intern will be to support the work of Human Rights First’s Foreign Policy/Advocacy Team. Doing research human rights situation, actions, developments overseas in particular countries of significance to US foreign policy. (Particular regions of interest likely to include Russia and the Russian-speaking world, Central America, Turkey – but may change). Develop recommendations regarding US policy in or toward foreign countries/governments to better support human rights and democratic principles. Conduct outreach to human rights and civil society organizations. Identify individuals as possible targets for human rights or anti-corruption sanctions through research and communication with NGOs, journalists, activists.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct research online to identify US experts and journalists writing about particular human rights topics in foreign policy related to target countries.
Track legal and political developments in target countries, identify and share research papers on these developments with team
Help develop advocacy materials regarding target countries, such as op-eds, letters to Congress or the Presidential Administration, issue briefs, working papers.
Participate in advocacy with members of Congress, others in the U.S. government to encourage specific actions or responses.
Communicate with NGOs and human rights defenders to identify areas where Human Rights First can assist, including with accountability concerns.
Research and develop information that can be used in support of Global Magnitsky sanctions on particular human rights abusers or corrupt actors.

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
Experience conducting legal or policy analysis (at least one year of law school or public policy school or other relevant education recommended, though not required)
Excellent writing skills in English. Foreign language preferred.
Ability to research developments in policy overseas.
Ability to analyze both foreign legal issues and foreign policy developments from a human rights perspective.
Some experience with developing advocacy strategies targeting the government, the public, or other target groups a plus.
Knowledge of foreign contexts in Russia, Central America, China, Middle East, a plus. (i.e. lived there, speak local languages)

EDUCATION: Law student or public policy /graduate student, or undergraduate with relevant experience in legal and/or policy analysis
COMPENSATION: Unpaid
START DATE: January 20, 2020
TIME COMMITMENT: 15 hours per week minimum. Internship will run until May 15, 2020.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should apply at https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers.Please include a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample, all in PDF format.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.