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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 primarily focus on conducting desk research on domestic and international human rights issues related to Japan, analyzing data, and organizing advocacy efforts regarding issues in Asia and beyond. The interns may have opportunities to attend external meetings with staff in the Asia division. Other projects may be assigned as they arise and match the student’s interests and abilities. Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, professional development workshops, 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.
Interns must be undergraduate students for the duration of the internship term. Students with relevant coursework in human rights are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable, with strong attention to detail. A demonstrated strong interest in human rights is highly desirable. Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Excel, internet applications) and internet research skills are essential. Advanced level proficiency in Japanese and English is highly desirable.
Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in Japan for the duration of the internship.
Compensation: Interns will receive a gross stipend of gross 800 yen per day they are in the office for lunch expenses in accordance with HRW policy and the intern. Interns will be reimbursed up to 2000 yen 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 portal here and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest, and a writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to a large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.
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Location: Tokyo, Japan
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