Amnesty International USA Offers Summer Human Rights Internship Positions, 2019

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Internship Description:

The Master of Human Rights and the Human Rights Program are sponsoring summer internship opportunities with top human rights organizations. Students pursuing a Master of Human Rights or a Human Rights Graduate Minor are eligible to apply.

Host College/University:

Amnesty International USA is the United States section of Amnesty International, a global movement of over 7 million supporters in 150 countries around the world. Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. Amnesty International USA engages the United States public, media, and elected officials on human rights issues that impact people at home and around the world.

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  • Amnesty International USA seeks three (3) interns for Summer 2019 to support its campaigns and advocacy work.
  • The campaigns which Amnesty seeks to supplement through the work of interns include: i) Protecting the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, and ii) Ending gun violence.
  • Amnesty International USA engages Congress on a number of regional and thematic human rights issues.

Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving protection and assistance for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. This intern will be based at the RI headquarters in Washington D.C. and work with RI staff and leadership on a variety of projects. These may include; conducting research on focus countries; assisting in the creation and editing of research reports; and work with the Communications Department to promote RI through website development, media relations, and promotion of publications.

Degree level:


Field of Study:

Internship is available for Master of Human Rights or a Human Rights Graduate Minor

Internship Award: 

This is an unpaid internship program.


Internship is available for international students pursuing a Master of Human Rights or a Human Rights Graduate Minor.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Competitive candidates for Amnesty International USA internships will be meticulously organized, have a demonstrated interest in human rights, and have proven research skills, especially the ability to conduct Congressional research.
  • Exceptional candidates will have experience with grassroots activism, a background in international law, human rights, refugee/asylum/immigration issues, gun violence issues, and/or experience working on human rights issues impacting a particular region (sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, MENA, Americas).
  • Working proficiency in one or more regional languages is a plus.

Applying procedure Instructions:

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to

  • If you are awarded the internship placement the Master of Human Rights staff and faculty will work with you to find funding for your placement.
  • If you intend to apply for more than one of these opportunities please write a cover letter for each position and indicate in your email which is your preferred placement.

Internship Official Web Links:

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Internship Deadline:

Internship application deadline is January 15, 2019.

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