Development & Outreach Intern

Application Deadline: 21 August 2022

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking interns for the Sydney office. Ideally, interns will be available for three months beginning in September 2022 (dates and schedule are flexible) with the possibility to extend.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely if local mandates necessitate. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.


Interns will primarily contribute to outreach and development initiatives, using database tasks, monitoring press coverage, planning events, using social media to promote events, and conducting background desk research. Other projects may be assigned as they arise and when they match the intern’s interests.


Interns must be currently enrolled students for the duration of the internship. This position is best suited for individuals interested in interning in a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights. Experience with media, social media, government relations, event planning, and Sales Force is beneficial. Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office) are strongly preferred.

Applicants must possess valid work authorization in Australia for the duration of their internship.

Compensation: Interns will be reimbursed up to $15 per day they are in the office for lunch and up to $20 per day they are in the office for transportation. 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 attaching a resume and letter of interest.

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 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 governments and international institutions.

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