International Service for Human Rights internships and fellowships provide hands-on experience working for an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) as well as the opportunity to contribute to our work supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, building and leading human rights coalitions, and responding to significant and systemic human rights concerns. 

Our human rights internships mix exciting projects! As an intern, your talent will be recognised and you will fully participate in the life of our NGO. Since 2021, ISHR is committed to offering paid internships and fellowships only. Our interns and fellows receive some stipend from a third party or directly from ISHR. Working with us is a great opportunity for a first human rights internship or a human rights summer internship. 

ISHR is firmly committed to having a diverse team. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from low-middle-income countries who may lack access to opportunities at the multilateral level and from underrepresented groups (including women, persons of colour, LGBTI and non binary candidates, persons with disabilities and other groups).

Training and Opportunities:

  • Interns are fully included in staff meetings, which provide a comprehensive understanding of the work of an international human rights NGO
  • Interns may also have opportunities to interact and network with human rights defenders, diplomats or other UN and NGO professionals both at the United Nations and at ISHR’s office (or remotely) during meetings;
  • Where appropriate or necessary for their work, ISHR staff will provide practical sessions and guidance, for example on monitoring UN mechanisms, drafting reports and advocacy documents, utilizing communications technologies, etc.
  • Interns will be supervised by one or two experienced managers.


Communications Internship (Geneva)

ISHR seeks to host a Communications Intern.

This internship with ISHR offers a unique opportunity for communications students to be involved in and learn about the communications activities of a leading international human rights non-governmental organisation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  – Apply here


Fellowship (New York)

ISHR seeks to host a postgraduate law Fellow to support our work in New York.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with ISHR staff in all locations. Working in a small team, the Fellow will have the opportunity to learn at very close hand what it means to work for an international human rights advocacy organization. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  – Apply here