HRW Women's Rights Internships in Kenya for Law Students

The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a law student, graduate level LL.M. student, or graduate student in a relevant field with a demonstrated strong interest in international human rights, and specifically women’s rights.

Ideally, the candidate will be available part-time for six months, beginning August 2018 in the Nairobi office.

The student will intern closely with the division’s researcher and will build skills in research methodology, advocacy, and media monitoring in relation to human rights.

Internships are unpaid. Interns may be reimbursed for their lunch and local travel costs as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy.

Students may be able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights.

Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


  • The internship will focus on research and advocacy projects surrounding a range of issues related to trafficking of women and girls in Africa.
  • The intern will learn and build skills in: conducting desk research, including legal research; collecting and analysing data; media monitoring; and drafting documents.
  • Other projects may be assigned as they arise and match the intern’s interests and abilities.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French
    or Swahili are required;
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable candidates are desirable;
  • Previous desk research experience with an understanding of, and a strong interest in women’s rights and/or the rights of children is preferred;
  • Relevant coursework in women’s rights, human rights, law, and/or policy desirable;
  • Internet research and computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

    How to Apply:

    Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: and attaching a CV/resume, letter of interest, and a writing sample. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications and the on-going hiring procedure only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

    If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

    For more information and job application details, see; HRW Women's Rights Internships in Kenya for Law Students

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