2016 Summer Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Intern

Internship Description
The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is offering a three-month internship commencing in June 2016. This internship is ideal for anyone looking for a career in international affairs or public health.
The intern will be mentored by the program assistant, and will be given exposure to new and forthcoming program activities, as well as existing projects. Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:
  • Researching and analyzing relevant legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and elsewhere.
  • Conducting background research on key areas of interest to the program on SVCZ, such as effectiveness of standard practices for care and documentation, use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation.
  • Assisting with coding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data.
  • Assisting with logistics and preparation for trainings, conferences, and other program events.
  • Assisting with maintenance of several program databases, including of training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature.
  • Editorial tasks such as proofreading and footnotes for program publications.
  • Keeping up-to-date on current news and hot topics relating to sexual violence and create weekly news digest for PHR staff and consultants.
  • Drafting blog posts for the PHR website.
The intern will also have the opportunity to attend regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the program assistant.
PHR internships are unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Current enrollment or recent graduate in an undergraduate or graduate program of study specializing in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred, but not required
  • Written and/or oral proficiency in French and/or Spanish is an asset
  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data is a must
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels
  • Well organized, detailed oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion
Location and Hours
  • The intern will be based in PHR’s Boston office
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time
  • The internship will commence at the start of June with at least a 12-week commitment

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Include “SVCZ Intern Summer 2016” in the subject line.