HRW) is seeking a student intern to be based in its Johannesburg Office

The Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a student intern to be based in its Johannesburg Office

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an intern to work in its Johannesburg office

DEADLINE: 15 April 2023

The Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a student intern to be based in its Johannesburg Office

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a student intern for its Johannesburg office. During the internship, the intern will focus on gender-based violence and health rights in South Africa. From May to July 2023, the intern should be available for a minimum of 10-15 hours per week.

In the near future, interns will not be required to report to the office and remote arrangements will remain an option. In some cases, interns may be able to report to an office voluntarily.


The internship will mainly involve desk research on different aspects of women’s rights in South Africa, with a particular focus on enforced/coerced sterilization of HIV-positive women. In addition to the above, other responsibilities may include other small research assignments, press monitoring, compiling reports, data management and analysis, and drafting documents concerning human rights issues in South Africa. Attending external meetings may also be part of the intern’s duties. As other projects match the student’s interests and abilities, they may be assigned.

Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to attend virtual lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, and/or special events relating to human rights, as well as network with HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. The HRW intern will apply skills he or she has acquired in school to a professional setting.


During the internship term, the intern must be enrolled as a student. The applicant should be well-organized, self-motivated, reliable, and detail-oriented. A strong interest in human rights, especially in South Africa and Southern Africa, is essential. It is highly desirable to have relevant coursework. It is essential to have computer skills (Microsoft Office, Excel, internet applications, internet research). It is essential to have excellent reading and writing skills in English.

An internship offer must be accompanied by a valid South African internship authorization.

The intern will receive a gross monthly stipend of R 6,000, which will be prorated according to the number of hours spent in the “office”, to help offset living expenses. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, since HRW internships may provide direct exposure to an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. The requirements of each academic institution should be checked by students.

How to Apply

Apply online at: and attach a CV/resume, a letter of interest, and a brief writing sample.

Please do not call or email. Applications must be complete in order to be reviewed. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted further due to the large number of applications.

Please email [email protected] if you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted, and inquiries regarding the status of applications will not be answered.

With its in-depth investigations, incisive and timely reporting, innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and success changing the policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions relating to human rights, Human Rights Watch is a leading international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization.

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