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Advocacy Internships

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights offers advocacy internships for junior or senior level undergraduate or graduate level students
Applications will be considered for Fall 2015


Advocacy interns will be asked to perform a variety of tasks in order to help the Advocacy Team, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting factual research and drafting memoranda on the human rights situation (e.g. the human right to health, the right to development, etc.)
  • Conducting research on the application of international human rights norms to country conditions, developments in the domestic legal systems of specific countries and their implications for human rights, and other questions
  • Preparing documents for submission to government or U.N. officials
  • Attending and reporting on briefings, Congressional hearings, symposia and other meetings
  • Monitoring sources of information on countries and issues of concern to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights; and collecting, organizing, and analyzing relevant information
  • Providing administrative support to staff on an as-needed basis


Applicants must have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies, though graduates students are preferred. Strong candidates will also demonstrate solid research and ideally have any prior experience working on human rights issues. Please note that internships are unpaid.

To apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, list of one or more references, and a brief writing sample. E-mail applications are preferred.

  • E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it SUBJECT: Advocacy Intern
  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy
Capetown, June 6th 1966