Application Deadline: Open Until Filled   

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (“HRWFF”) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student intern for the fall 2018 in the New York office. Ideally, the intern will be available from September 17, 2018 through the first week of January 2019, with the possibility to extend. The intern will receive training and experience in film programming and planning international film festival events.

The internship is unpaid. Students are often 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 HRWFF staff, interaction with other U.S. and international film festivals, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights.  Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


The intern will learn and primarily focus on: 

  • Tracking films and logging submissions;
  • Using a film database;
  • Conducting desk research on films in production, film festivals, and film funders;
  • Watching and reviewing films 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;
  • Contributing to the planning and production of the NYC edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in June 2019; and
  • Other projects may be assigned as the opportunity arises and match the student’s interests and abilities.


The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term(s). A minimum of two years completed college education is highly preferred. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable.  Relevant coursework and a strong interest in film criticism, organizing independent film festivals and international human rights is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Word, basic HTML, basic database, Google Drive) are required.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at: and attaching a CV/resume and letter of interest/cover letter. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications and 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.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of governments and international institutions.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival (“HRWFF”) seeking an intern