Development & Outreach Intern – Human Right Watch

LOCATION(S): Berlin (Germany)
POSITION TYPE: Internship/Volunteer
TERM: Spring 2018


The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a student intern for its Berlin office. Ideally, the intern will be available for 3 months beginning in April 2018.

Internships are unpaid. Interns may be provided a small stipend to cover lunch and local travel costs as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


The intern will learn and primarily focus on:

  • Event planning for the Voices for Justice Dinner in Spring 2018 and various outreach and cultivation events (i.e., film screenings and receptions);
  • Preparing visits of HRW researchers and advocates;
  • Creating donor profiles and database management;
  • Conducting research on funding possibilities in Germany; and
  • Other tasks and projects as they arise.

Interns will gain knowledge and skills in fundraising, database management, event planning, and research. This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience in a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. 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.


Applicants must be enrolled students for the duration of the internship term. This position is open to students who are interested in fundraising, outreach, and special events within a human rights context. Experience with event planning or fundraising is desirable. Applicants should be well-organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and reliable with strong time management skills and a positive attitude. Excellent oral and written command of German and English are essential. Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, internet applications, database) are required.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

About Human Rights Watch

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.

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