The New York Office of the International Service for Human Rights‘ (ISHR – http://www.ishr.ch) seeks a team of four interns to monitor and write analytical reports on the human rights meetings taking place during the 65th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York. The internship will take place from October 2010 through December 2010.
The internship offers a unique opportunity to view the United Nations human rights system at work in New York. It provides hands-on experience working for an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) as well as the opportunity to contribute to the services the organization provides to human rights defenders around the world.
Interns will focus on the work of the Third Committee of the General Assembly (GA) — the highest level UN body covering human rights and humanitarian issues. Issues monitored may include: The 2010 Human Rights Council Review; Women’s Rights, Civil and Political Rights; Defamation of Religion and Religious Intolerance, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Racism and Racial Discrimination; Rights of the Child; Human Rights in County-specific Situations.
The intern’s main responsibilities are to:
• Coordinate with the intern team to attend and monitor UN plenary sessions and/or informal discussions on GA resolutions; and provide summaries of developments to ISHR UN Representatives.
• Prepare analytical narrative reports on meetings for our web-based and print journal, the Human Rights Monitor.
• Liaise with relevant diplomats, NGOs, and UN experts to obtain information to make the necessary analysis to write reports. Research previous GA resolutions and Human Rights Council resolutions on agenda items to analyze developments from previous years.
• Assist in preparation and organization of ISHR expert briefings.
• Attend and report on other relevant side events, including those organized by NGOs and UN agencies.
To see previous GA reports, go to http://www.ishr.ch/new-york-monitor/general-assembly?task=view
Education: JD, LLM or Masters in International Affairs, Law, Journalism, or other relevant field.
Exceptional analytical and writing skills in English;
Knowledge of UN human rights bodies and processes;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Highly organized with excellent attention to detail.
Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter with “GENERAL ASSEMBLY INTERNSHIP” in the subject line to Vanessa Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 September 2010.