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Film Festival Internship at Human Rights Watch

Film Festival Internship at Human Rights Watch in USA

Country: USA
City: New York
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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (“HRWFF”) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student for an internship at the New York office for the fall 2019 semester. Ideally, the intern will be available from September 16, 2019, through December 31, 2019, with the potential to extend into the winter/spring semester 2020. The intern will receive training and experience in film programming and organizing international film festival events.

Internships are unpaid. However, students may be able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by HRW staff, and interaction with the other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Students will also have opportunities to attend lectures, training, professional development workshops, and/or special events relating to human rights, as well as network with other HRW interns, volunteers, and employees. As an HRW intern, students will take skills acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.

What will the Film Festival Intern do at Human Rights Watch?

The Film Festival intern will have his/her hands full with works including:

  • Conducting desk research on films in production, film festivals, and film funders;
  • Tracking films as well as logging submissions;
  • Using a film database;
  • Watching and reviewing films with a balance of film analysis as well as comprehension of using film as a tool for social justice, to participate in programmatic decisions for multi-city editions of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival;
  • Communicating with filmmakers, film distributors, and film industry members; and
  • Also, other projects may be assigned as the opportunity arises and match the student’s interests and abilities.

Who is eligible for the Film Festival Internship at HRW?

  • The intern must be a student for the duration of the internship term(s).
  • A minimum of two years of a completed college education is highly preferable.
  • Likewise, applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable.
  • Relevant coursework and a strong interest in film criticism and an awareness of contemporary debates surrounding the ethics of social justice film, organizing independent film festival, and international human rights is highly desirable.
  • Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Word, basic database, Google Drive) are necessary.

How to apply for a Human Rights Watch Internship?

To apply for a Film Festival Internship at Human Rights Watch, at first, you will need to find the position that you want to work at HRW. Internship positions will require you to meet the minimum eligibility. Also, it will state the desired criteria to secure the internship. So, to become a Film Festival Intern at HRW you must meet these requirements as these internships are highly competitive.

Here is a step by step guide on how to apply for an HRW Internship:

Step 1: Assess your need for an internship. Also, be sure that your university has a provision for the internship.

Step 2: Go to the careers site and check for the available internship position at HRW, which in this case Film Festival Internship.

Step 3: Check for the details, and see if you meet the HRW requirements for internship for the desired position.

Step 4: Apply directly from the site, once you are sure that you meet the internship requirements.

Step 5: Fill out details and provide a recent CV and other relevant documentation while making an online application.

Step 6: Double-Check your application and be sure that everything is in order. Submit your application and wait for the callback.


Human Rights Watch will open the call for the Film Festival Internship until the position is filled.


Type of Opportunity Internships
CityNew York
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerHuman Rights Watch
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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