Human Rights Watch is hiring a

LGBT Rights Program (MENA) Intern

Berlin, Germany

LGBT Rights Program (MENA) Intern 

Application Deadline: 8 March 2021

General Description:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern for the Berlin office. Ideally, the intern will be available for a minimum of 30 hours per week beginning in April 2021 until July 2021, with the possibility of extension until September 2021. The intern will primarily focus on monitoring LGBT rights in the MENA region, researching LGBT rights issues in targeted countries and preparing written products. There is preference for the candidate to be based in Berlin; however, the possibility of interning from other locations where HRW has an office can also be considered. 

Due to COVID-19, many of our offices remain closed or are open at a limited capacity. HRW prioritizes the safety of our interns. In locations that have eased office restrictions and are open at a limited capacity, interns are not expected to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option for the foreseeable future. However, interns may have the option of reporting to an office on a voluntary basis in accordance with HRW’s COVID-19 policies.


The internship will focus on the following:

Research: The intern will assist with various short and long-term desk research assignments using sources in English and Arabic. The intern may help HRW staff conduct remote interviews with victims of and witnesses to human rights violations under close staff supervision and guidance. The intern may have opportunities to attend conferences and events related to ongoing projects. The intern will use databases and contribute to the production and release of reports and press releases.

Monitoring and Advocacy: The intern may monitor and summarize LGBT rights developments in the MENA region. The intern may have opportunities to attend internal advocacy strategy meetings.

Other assignments and projects will be assigned as they arise.

Additional Opportunities

The intern will 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.


The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term. Students with relevant coursework in law, social studies, international relations, political science, or related subjects with strong writing and research skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Excellent oral and written command of English and Arabic are essential. Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and good judgment. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights in general and LGBT rights more specifically. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in Germany for the duration of the internship.

Compensation:  Interns based in Germany will receive a gross monthly stipend of EUR 450 to help offset living expenses in accordance with HRW policy. This gross stipend will be prorated per month to account for the intern’s schedules. Interns located in other jurisdictions will receive compensation based on local law and 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 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 CV/resume, letter of interest/cover letter, and a brief writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email [email protected] 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 ability, 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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