Human Rights Program-Internship

Academic Credits


Hours per week

24-40 hours per week



Start Date


End Date



1625 Massachutsetts Ave. NW
Suite 300
United States


Vital Voices is seeking up to three interns to support the work of the Human Rights Department, which manages Vital Voices’ programs and initiatives to end gender-based violence. Working closely with the human rights team, the human rights program intern will contribute to multiple aspects of Vital Voices’ programs and initiatives to end gender-based violence through administrative, logistical, research, and programmatic support. 

The human rights team is looking for talented, motivated individuals to serve as interns, with preference given for those who have completed an undergraduate degree. The internship requires a commitment of minimum of 24 hours per week, with preference given to those who can commit to regular hours and possibly work up to full time. The position is based in Washington, D.C. and is unpaid, though Vital Voices complies with university requirements for internship credit.

This internship is a great opportunity to learn about human rights program planning and implementation as well as current, pressing global women’s issues and international women’s advocacy. Interns are encouraged to attend local conferences and events relevant to the human rights team’s work and may have the opportunity to meet leaders and advocates of women’s rights through Vital Voices events and programs.

Applications are accepted for fall, spring and summer terms.


Programmatic support leading up to and following program implementation, including:

  • Making logistical arrangements for staff and participant international travel
  • Preparing briefing books and logistics & security binders
  • Drafting, reviewing, and/or editing program materials
  • Supporting monitoring and evaluation processes for programs, including creating surveys on SurveyGizmo and managing survey data entry
  • Updating human rights-related resources such as program one-pagers and fact sheets
  • Developing and managing organizational tools and processes

Research support, including:

  • Researching and reporting on current events and developments in laws related to violence against women in key network countries
  • Drafting literature reviews on topics related to gender-based violence
  • Researching travel requirements and recommendations for program host countries
  • Identifying and vetting service provision organizations in regions of interest for inclusion in a global service provider directory
  • Compiling “Country Context” documents based on research surrounding the laws, social and cultural norms, and historical context that impact or contribute to violence against women in program host countries
  • Provision of general administrative and organization support to the human rights team as needed


  • Advanced proficiency or fluency in English required
  • Strong preference for working proficiency or fluency in French, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, and/or Russian
  • Demonstrated interest in women's rights
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel
  • Strong organizational skills and administrative capabilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work creatively, independently, and as part of a team  

How To Apply


Please e-mail the following to using “Position Title – Your FULL NAME” as the subject of your e-mail.

  • Letter of interest including weekly availability (days/hours) and expected start and end date
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of no more than 3 pages
  • Two references with contact information

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.