Development & Outreach Intern

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Geneva, Switzerland
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Development & Outreach Division

Application Deadline: 12 July 2024

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern in our Geneva office. This three-month internship will be full-time, maximum 35 hours per week. Ideally, the candidate will be available starting in mid-September 2024 to mid-December 2024.

This internship is best suited for those individuals interested in gaining development and fundraising experience in a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. Interns will gain knowledge and skills in research, database management, event management, and fundraising. The intern will also learn about the organization's priority human rights issues. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns will attend planning and department meetings with staff and will have the opportunity to take advantage of in-house trainings and briefings.

Responsibilities: The internship will focus on event planning in the lead-up to our biggest fundraising event of the year, HRW Geneva’s 2024 Annual Dinner, taking place on Thursday, 7 November. Tasks will include assisting with annual dinner logistics, editing creative materials, liaising with event vendors, writing acknowledgment letters and other correspondence, coordinating donor communication, engaging donors, using databases, and conducting desk research for development and outreach projects. The intern will be an active member of HRW's Development and Outreach department and will intern closely with other staff members to identify and create opportunities for donor involvement in HRW by keeping existing and prospective supporters informed of our work.

Students will also have opportunities to attend online lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW inters, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.

Qualifications: Applicants enrolled in an undergraduate-level academic program for the duration of the internship are highly preferred. In some circumstances, applicants can be recent graduates of their first degree (such as a Bachelor’s) who will be pursuing an advanced degree (such as a master’s or law degree). Strong oral and written communication skills in both English and French are required, as well as advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office suite, Internet applications). Previous internship experience preferred but not mandatory. Applicants should demonstrate great attention to detail, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and excellent organizational skills. They should be disciplined self-starters who can work independently but also function as a team member. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the ability to master and represent the mission and program of HRW.

Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not Swiss or EU citizens or permanent residents, must possess valid work authorization in Switzerland for the duration of the internship.

Compensation: Interns will receive a gross monthly stipend of CHF 1,550 per month, to help offset living expenses in accordance with HRW policy and the intern. 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: and attach a CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, and 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.

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 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 organization that monitors and advocates. It is 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.