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Position: Communications Intern

Location: Nairobi Office

Application Deadline: 21 December 2020

Job Description

The Media Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern with proficiency in English and Kiswahili language in the Nairobi office. Ideally, the intern should be available four days a week for three months beginning in February 2021(dates and times are flexible).  

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.

Responsibilities: 

  • The intern will contribute to projects on a range of topics and will learn how to conduct media monitoring for African countries, pitch HRW press releases and reports, liaise with press, and organize different meetings and events.
  • 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 international organizations.
  • Interns will also have opportunities to attend virtual lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants enrolled in a university or other academic institutions for the duration of the internship term are highly preferred but not mandatory.
  • In some circumstances, applicants can be recent graduates of an academic program who are undergoing an internship for further training.
  • Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights, news media, and social media.
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English and Kiswahili are required.
  • Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in Kenya for the duration of the internship.

Compensation: Interns will receive a gross monthly stipend of KES 30,000 per month, (pro-rated based on internship hours), to help offset living expenses in accordance with HRW policy.  Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships may offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, and interaction with other 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, 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 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 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.

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