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Internship: Human Rights Watch in Brussels / Belgium DL:6 May 2012

Internship Description: The Advocacy division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a full-time intern for the Brussels office. The intern will primarily focus on advocacy projects related to the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy/External Relations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, monitoring the activities and policies of the European Union in the area of human rights; attending meetings at the European Parliament; promoting HRW report findings; writing correspondences; organizing meetings; and providing divisional support including database and file management.

The internship will start on May 28, 2012, and will last for a minimum of four months. This internship is unpaid. However, interns may be reimbursed for some lunch and local travel costs as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. HRW internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings and special events relating to human rights at the EU and elsewhere.

Qualifications: Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in international human rights. They must possess an excellent verbal and written command of English; a good knowledge of French is an advantage. They must also possess an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook, and familiarity with Internet research tools. Professional experience within an international relations environment/NGO is desirable as is a very good knowledge of the EU Institutions.

How to Apply:Please apply by sending a letter of interest, resume and names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample(no calls or email inquiries, please) to Please use “EU Advocacy Internship Brussels Summer 2012” as the subject of your mail. Due to the large number of applications expected, we regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Only complete applications will be reviewed. The deadline for applications is May 6, 2012.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.


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.