Africa Division Intern

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Nairobi, Kenya
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

Africa Division Intern

Application Deadline: 11 December 2023

The Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern based in the Nairobi office beginning mid-January 2024 through May 2024. Ideally, the candidate should be available to intern part-time 18-35 hours per week for the duration of the internship. The internship will primarily focus on ongoing projects and research in Uganda and Tanzania and support those teams as needed.


  • Conducting desk research including small research assignments;
  • Monitoring media and compiling reports on news relating to Uganda and Tanzania;
  • Assisting in translating documents in Swahili when necessary;
  • Conducting data analysis;
  • Identifying and understanding key issues
  • Drafting documents regarding issues in Uganda and Tanzania;
  • Attending and supporting in the planning of substantive meetings; and
  • Other projects may be assigned as they arise and match the intern’s interests and abilities.

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;
  • A strong interest in human rights is essential;
  • Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable;
  • Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, internet applications) and experience completing internet research are essential.
  • Proficient reading and writing skills in Swahili are required;
  • Proficient reading and writing skills in any Ugandan language is beneficial.

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, which will be 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 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: and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, 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.

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 disability, 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 influential governments and international institutions.