2016 Summer Syria Intern

The research and investigations department is seeking two interns to assist with Arabic research for PHR’s online, interactive map of attacks on health care in Syria. This is an opportunity to develop research and analytical skills on a topical and important human rights issue, and improve language skills from our hands-on work.
PHR tracks the deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on medical workers and health facilities in Syria on an online, interactive map (http://www.phr.org/syria-map). To date, PHR has documented the deaths of +700 medical personnel and +340 attacks on hospitals, over 90% by Syrian government and allied forces. Through this documentation, PHR seeks to better inform the media, motivate governments, and the UN to denounce such violations of international law, and reinforce that attacks on medical workers, hospitals, and health care infrastructure must stop.
The intern will be mentored by the program associate, research and investigations. Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:
  • Keeping abreast of daily developments and violations of medical neutrality in Syria.
  • Conducting open-source research on attacks against medical facilities and healthcare workers in Syria.
  • Providing preliminary analysis of research and/or organizing the research for analysis.
  • Organizing the research and entering it into the PHR database
  • Analyzing video and other media, and extracting the relevant data.
  • Providing translations of articles and videos.
  • Entering research and translations into PHR’s database.
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 associate.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree, or a recent graduate in a related field.
  • Arabic fluency (written and verbal) in MSA and/or Levantine dialect preferred but applicants who are heritage speakers or are enrolled in an upper level Arabic class (undergrad or grad) will be considered.
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights.
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally.
  • Mature judgement, strong sense of integrity, initiative, and a self-starter.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness to work with graphic visual and written content.
Location and Hours
  • The Syria intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office.
  • This unpaid internship may be either full-time or part-time.
  • PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships.
  • The internship will commence in May or June with at least a 12-week commitment.

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