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9 Dec 2022

Internship Research and Investigations Intern, Spring 2023 – Posted by New York, New York, United States

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Research and Investigations Intern, Spring 2023


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.


Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Research and Investigations Intern.


Location: Remote


Reports to: Director of Research and Investigations


Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.


PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.


Internship Description

The Research and Investigations intern is an ideal role for a budding human rights activist interested in research, analysis, writing, and hands-on nonprofit programmatic experience. Reporting to PHR’s Director of Research and Investigations, this intern will assist with a variety of projects relating to international human rights, including in-depth background research for on-going and upcoming research projects and investigations across a range of geographies (e.g., United States, Syria, Ukraine, Myanmar), synthesizing material from a variety of sources, and helping to research and draft public-facing communications material, e.g., blog posts, op-eds, and background sections for reports. Over the course of the internship, the intern will have the opportunity to develop one or more substantive written products, attend departmental and staff meetings (remotely), and participate in regular learning and social events with other PHR interns and staff to round out the learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.


PHR offers stipends to student interns. The specific stipend amount will be determined by the average number of hours worked by the intern per week. Details will be further provided during the interview process.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct and assist with research for current or future PHR investigations, as well as exploratory areas for future PHR programming
  • Contribute to drafting of reports, advocacy briefs, programmatic memos, and op-eds/blogs, including proofreading and adding footnotes for program publications
  • Track and document relevant current events and country-specific developments for internal discussions, as well as development of communications and advocacy strategies
  • Monitor current and future advocacy opportunities and help develop appropriate materials
  • Review, format, and polish PHR documents, including fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, concept notes, and pitches
  • Collaborate with PHR staff and partners on additional events, meetings, or projects


Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree; program of study specializing in international human rights, law, public health/policy, medicine, social sciences, or related field preferred, but not required
  • Interest in and commitment to health and human rights, international humanitarian law, health equity, and racial justice
  • Strong analytical, writing, and research skills, including open-source information
  • Facility with coding and qualitative research methodologies is also helpful
  • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally
  • Ability to work independently and to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to exercise discretion


Location and Hours

  • The internship will be entirely remote due to PHR’s evaluation of coronavirus health risks.
  • We welcome applications from candidates located outside of New York City and/or outside of the United States.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in February with at least a 12-week commitment.



How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, to Include “Research and Investigations Intern, Spring 2023” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Internship.

Job expires in 34 days.

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