Arms Division Intern

Human Rights Watch - Washington, DC4.8

30+ days ago
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Due to technical issues, this vacancy was reposted on September 6, 2018. Applicants who applied previously will automatically be considered, and do not need to take further action.

The Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an intern for the fall 2018 academic semester in the Washington, D.C. office. Ideally, the candidate will be available beginning in September 2018 until December 2018. Dates and hours are flexible.

Created in 1992, Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division works on weapons of humanitarian concern and to promote compliance by all with international humanitarian law. Currently, the Arms Division works to ensure implementation of humanitarian disarmament instruments like the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions. It coordinates the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a global coalition working to preemptively ban lethal autonomous weapons systems. On behalf of Human Rights Watch, the division is centrally involved in the International Network on Explosive Weapons, which seeks to address the harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities of Syria, Yemen, and other countries.

Internships are unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other US and international organizations, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

The intern will focus on a variety of projects relating to the Arms Division initiatives. The intern will learn and be exposed to:

Tracking and identifying cluster munition and incendiary weapons attacks in Syria;
Compiling and reviewing information pertaining to Mine Ban Treaty compliance;
Conducting desk research on international negotiations on fully autonomous weapons;
Media monitoring;
Contributing to advocacy activities; and
Other desk research and writing projects may be assigned depending on the intern’s interests and abilities.

Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate (junior or senior standing preferred) or graduate students for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights. Relevant coursework and previous desk research experience is desirable. Knowledge of a second language, particularly Arabic, is a plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office and internet applications) are required.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest, and a 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 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 do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. 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.