Job Description

The Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an undergraduate student intern in the Nairobi office. The intern will focus on HRW projects covering Kenya. Ideally, the intern will be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week from June to November 2021 (dates and times are flexible). 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 consist primarily of press monitoring and compiling reports on Kenya news.

 Other responsibilities may include small research assignments, data management, and analysis, drafting documents regarding issues in Kenya, and attending external meetings. 

Other projects may be assigned as they arise and match the student's interests and abilities. 

Students may also have opportunities to attend lectures, training, 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.


Skills and Qualifications

• The intern must be an undergraduate student for the duration of the internship term. 

• Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable, with strong attention to detail. 

• A strong interest in human rights, specifically concerning Kenya, is essential. 

• Relevant coursework is highly desirable. 

• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English 

• Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Excel, internet applications) and internet research skills are essential.


Applicants who are offered an internship must possess valid work authorization in Kenya for the duration of the internship. Compensation: Interns will receive a gross monthly stipend of KES 30,000 per month, (pro-rated based on internship hours), to help offset living expenses in accordance with HRW policy. 

Students may also 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 the 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/cover letter, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), preferably as PDF Files. 

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. 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 influential governments and international institutions


Job Details

Level : Volunteer, internship
Industry : Business
Salary : Ksh 15,000 - 30,000
Experience : 0 Years
Applications : 9
Locality : Nairobi, Kenya
Eligibility : Bachelor
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Posted By Kaziweza limite... / 11 May 2021

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