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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Seeks Student Intern

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (“HRWFF”) is seeking a student intern. Undergraduate internships with the Film Festival department will offer training and experience in organizing an international film festival.


The intern will learn and receive training in:

  1. Logging submissions and tracking films ;
  2. Managing film database and related materials;
  3. Researching films in production, film festivals and film funders;
  4. Professional communications with filmmakers and film distributors;
  5. Assisting with screening films and considering content for programming;
  6. Coordinating promotional materials from filmmakers;
  7. Designing email marketing materials such as HTML email announcements;
  8. Assisting with preparing materials and content for social media including editing HTML e-blasts, drafting posts;
  9. Researching and contacting local universities and organizations relevant to films in the festival program to help build an audience for Film Festival event.

Other projects can be assigned as they arise and match the student’s interests and abilities. Preferably, the internship would begin in December and last until the end of June. Ideally, the intern will be available for a minimum of two full (8-hours) days per week or four half days (4-hours).

The internship is unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRWFF staff, interaction with other U.S. and international film festivals, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in film and human rights. Relevant coursework is highly desirable and a minimum of two years completed college education is required. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Excel, Word, basic HTML, internet applications) are required.

Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not US permanent residents, US citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. This process can take several weeks and applicants are responsible for the costs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

About Human Rights Watch

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 influential governments and international institutions.

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