Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program Intern

Organization: Physicians for Human Rights
Closing date: 7 Feb 2022

Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) Intern, Spring 2022

Location: Remote

Reports to: Program Coordinator, SVCZ

Internship Description

The Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) internship is ideal for a student interested in a career in international law or public health. The intern will have the opportunity to research, learn, and write about key areas of interest to the program, including effectiveness of standard practices for care and documentation, use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation.

The intern will attend departmental/staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR internships are unpaid. Students may be able to arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and analyze relevant international legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya;
  • Assist with the logistics, preparation, and facilitation for trainings, conferences, and other program events;
  • Help develop, code, and maintain program data(bases), including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data, training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature;
  • Assist with data entry on Salesforce related to network members and key strategic partners;
  • Carry out editorial tasks such as drafting blog posts for the PHR website, proofreading, and adding footnotes for program publications;
  • Review, format, and polish PHR documents such as curricula, fact sheets, and PowerPoint presentations; and
  • Monitor developments relating to sexual violence and create weekly news digests for PHR staff and consultants.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program; course of study 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 Arabic is an asset;
  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data is a must;
  • Excellent communications skills;
  • Resourceful in performing research on the internet and through other channels; and
  • Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to exercise discretion.

Location and Hours

  • The internship will be entirely remote due to PHR’s ongoing evaluation of coronavirus health risks. We welcome applications from candidates located out of state.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.
  • The internship will commence in February with at least a 10-week commitment.

How to apply:

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Include “SVCZ Intern, Spring 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.