Development/Outreach Intern Winter/Spring 2017
Human Rights Watch
Start Date
Dec. 15, 2016
End Date

The Amsterdam office of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”), which opened in 2010, is currently seeking an intern with an interest in human rights, development (fundraising) and event planning. The intern will learn how to organize outreach and cultivation events, prepare visits for international HRW researchers and advocates, correspond with donors and partner organizations, and research human rights issues in the Netherlands.

This internship is best suited for those individuals interested in gaining experience within a small office of a large, well-organized, international non-profit organization. Interns will build fundraising, event management, and information tracking skills and gain knowledge of the organization's priority human rights issues. This internship will particularly focus on the organization and follow up of the Voices for Justice annual fundraising dinner and the annual Human Rights Weekend outreach event. 

The Voices for Justice Annual Dinner is held in 20 cities worldwide. This is the seventh year for the Dutch dinner, taking place on 9 November in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. 400 guests from business, politics, journalism and the arts are expected. In 2016, the fifth edition of the Human Rights Weekend will take place in De Balie, Amsterdam. This weekend includes films, other forms of art, panel discussions and masterclasses involving Human Rights Watch experts, film directors, photographers, and journalists. Last year, 1654 tickets were sold for this event.

This internship is unpaid. Interns may be reimbursed for their lunch and local travel costs as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Students are maybe able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the 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. 



Applicants should be exceptionally well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in fundraising and event planning. Teamwork and organizational skills are highly desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Dutch are required. Availability for a period of six months (32 hours per week) starting in mid-December is preferable.


How to Apply: Please apply immediately (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, contact information for two references, and a brief, unedited writing sample (of no more than two pages) to


Please use “Amsterdam Internship Application” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further. 


Contact Person
Human Rights Watch The Netherlands
Human Rights Watch