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HRIC Internships

HRIC's internships offer direct, in-depth exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization. Interns are an integral part of the culture and work of our organization and have the opportunity to participate in HRIC's media and presswork, advocacy projects, research, and briefings.

Projects that interns have worked on in the past include news/social media tracking and analysis; research on key laws and social issues; drafting, copyediting, and translating advocacy materials and press/media work; and helping prepare for workshops and other events.

Applicants should enjoy working in a friendly and casual office environment that requires the highest professional standards and ethics. For internships during the academic year, applicants are expected to make a commitment of at least 8 hours per week for the duration of the semester. For summer internships, applicants are expected to make a full-time commitment (approximately 40 hours per week), for a minimum of 10-12 weeks during the summer. Interns receive a modest lunch/travel stipend. Depending upon the requirements of the intern's home institution, academic credit for the internship may be arranged.

Applicants must have a visa status that permits them to work as an intern in New York.

Advocacy Program Internships

Interns provide critical support for HRIC program work and usually split their time between administrative work, research projects—including backgrounders and in-house memos, press and media support, and translations.


  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program
  • Strong interest in human right issues in China
  • Familiarity with/interest in international human rights bodies and mechanisms and/or new and traditional media platforms
  • Excellent writing and Internet research skills
  • Proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese (highly preferred)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Extremely organized, self-motivated, and reliable
  • Computer skills: fluency in Microsoft Office suite, comfort with both PCs and Macs, and regular use of social media. Website design and desktop publishing a plus

Human Rights in China is an equal opportunity employer.

Law Program Internships

Under the supervision of HRIC lawyers, interns work on projects that require a combination of legal research and analysis. Legal interns produce varied products, such as memos, case submissions, and press releases for a wide-range of audiences.


  • Currently enrolled in a JD or LLM program
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of international human rights and international law
  • Familiarity with/interest in human rights issues in China. Knowledge of Chinese legal system (preferred)
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills
  • Proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese (highly preferred)
  • Extremely organized, self-motivated, and reliable
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Computer skills: fluency in Microsoft Office suite, comfort with both PCs and Macs, and regular use of social media. Website design and desktop publishing a plus

Human Rights in China is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

Please mail in a cover letter, a resume including relevant coursework, and a brief writing sample to

Indicate which internship you are applying for in the e-mail subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

All inquiries should be submitted via e-mail. No calls, please.

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