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Multimedia Intern: Human Rights Watch

Multimedia Intern: Human Rights Watch

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

The Multimedia Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking undergraduate and graduate students in journalism, film, or related fields to be Multimedia interns for the Spring 2020 semester in the New York office. Ideally, the candidate will be available for a minimum of 16 hours per week for 4 months – timing can be flexible.

This program is designed for students interested in a human rights or journalism career who hope to acquire training and hands-on experience in video production. Under close supervision of the Multimedia team, interns will have an opportunity be involved in every step of the production process. Projects may include transcribing interviews, searching archives for footage, conducting research, subtitling footage, editing photos and using video and photo editing software.

Students 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 will learn and be exposed to:

  • All aspects of video production workflow;
  • Team meetings, video production discussions, and digital/social media strategy discussions;
  • Researcher interviews in the multimedia studio;
  • Multimedia content management and content distribution systems;
  • Researching content to use in multimedia publications;
  • Video and photo editing process; and
  • Drafting scripts for full-length and social media videos.


  • Enrollment in an accredited undergraduate/graduate program for the duration of the internship term is required;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential;
  • Strong interest in human rights work, journalism, video production, and photography are highly preferred;
  • Some knowledge or experience using video production tools and/or experience in a newsroom environment is a plus.

Salary: Interns will be paid a gross hourly wage of USD 15.00 per hour. Human Rights Watch offers twenty (20) days of vacation prorated per year pursuant to the work schedule and length of employment. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with other US and 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, and a writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email 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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