Research Intern – Winter/Spring

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PHR’s research unit is seeking one intern for a minimum of 20 hours/week, with a minimum commitment of 2 months. Reporting to PHR’s senior researcher, this intern will assist with a variety of projects relating to both international and domestic policy matters. Internship responsibilities will include conducting in-depth background research on attacks on health care around the world, assisting with background research for PHR investigations and reports, synthesizing material from a variety of sources, and potentially drafting blog posts, background sections for reports, ad other.


• Assist with research regarding PHR’s investigations in Burma, the United States, Mexico, and elsewhere.
• Monitor and document relevant current events for internal discussion.
• Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies to promote PHR’s voice.
• Assist research staff with communications and strategic partnerships to amplify policy positions.
• Collaborate with PHR staff on any additional events or projects that may arise.
• Attend meetings at the United Nations or elsewhere as needed.


• Please send a cover letter and resume to Include “Research Intern” in the subject line.


• Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree; program of study specializing in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred but not required.
• Ability to read/speak Spanish, French, or Burmese preferred but not required.
• Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights.
• Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with PHR staff and external partners.
• Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, initiative, and a self-starter.
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
• Excellent communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed.


• The research intern will be based in PHR’s New York City Office.
• This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 20 hours/week during the semester. PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships/fellowships.
• The position will require at least a 2-month commitment, with longer commitments preferred.

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