Part-time Internship Opportunity


Job title: Geneva Office Intern
Program: Arab Regional Advocacy Program
Location: Online/Geneva
Duration: Minimum 3 months

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is a unique organization that has demonstrated its credibility in the field of human rights and democracy since its inception in 1993. CIHRS and its partners from across the MENA region have contributed to numerous successful international advocacy initiatives, which succeeded for example in pressuring national governments to modify or halt legislation that threatens freedom of assembly and association, or in mobilizing powerful international actors to take strong stances on repressive governments violating the basic rights of their citizens. As a regional organization deeply embedded within the human rights movement in MENA, CIHRS both fosters strong connections with civil society organizations on the ground and effectively engages with major players in the international community. Through decades of activism, engagement, and monitoring of regional and global politics, CIHRS has gradually increased its institutional capacity and international reach, largely through the establishment of CIHRS offices in Europe and North Africa. Given its strategic operational setup and broad range of partnerships across the world, CIHRS has a distinctive ability to connect local human rights violations in MENA to global security and stability concerns.

The Geneva Office (GO) Intern is expected to provide assistance to CIHRS advocacy staff, including the International Advocacy Officer (GO), to perform outreach and research duties in the context of the UN Human Rights Council, national capitals, and other advocacy targets, as well as other tasks, according to the needs of the organization. As an intern, you will be working as part of a team of co-workers located in multiple countries. You will be working with partner organizations and human rights activists from the Arab region and around the world to assist in the carrying out of national, regional, and global human rights advocacy campaigns and initiatives, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Attend and take notes on diplomatic negotiations and events.
  • Produce surveys on state positions and voting during UN processes.
  • Help in preparing research materials.
  • Advocacy support tasks: help with drafting, setting up meetings, note-taking. Preparatory research for meetings & calls (researching the person and/or institutional positions). Locating policy documents.
  • Assist in developing media & social media work/outreach associated to GO advocacy.
  • Perform other duties to support CIHRS as required.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a relevant Master’s (preferred) or Bachelor’s degree (e.g. Political Science, Development/ Security Studies, International Relations, Law, Humanities, etc.) at the time of application. An academic curriculum related specifically to human rights is an asset.
  • Access to own laptop and workspace.
  • Languages: excellent command of English is a must. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an asset.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


  • Evidence of interest in, and demonstrated commitment to, international human rights.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and to be individually motivated and organized.
  • Ability to work remotely and manage own schedule.
  • Willingness to take on new and challenging tasks and goals.
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience in the human rights field is preferred.


  • Duration: No less than three months and for a maximum of one year.
  • Commencement: filled on a rolling basis – to be discussed directly with the successful applicant.
  • Working hours: 20 hours a week, ideally between the hours Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
  • The applicant understands that a successful offer is no guarantee of future employment with CIHRS.
  • This opportunity is unpaid and therefore strictly open only to those in full time education. Evidence of enrolment in a degree at the time of application is required.
  • A tripartite internship agreement will be signed between CIHRS, the intern, and the intern’s academic institution.
  • Due to Covid-19-related restrictions on in-office working, the internship is currently offered on a remote basis. Should restrictions allow, the intern would be encouraged to work from CIHRS’ Geneva Office.
  • The successful applicant will be asked to acknowledge and accept CIHRS’ internal working policies.

How to apply:

All applicants must submit:

  • An updated CV or resume (including details of language skills).
  • A cover letter.
  • A writing sample in English: this can either be
    1) an existing academic paper/ blog post /statement/ etc. on human rights or
    2) a one-page answer to the following question: describe the area of human rights that most interests you and explain us why.

Applications should be submitted to: with subject title GO Intern.

Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis.

Only applicants who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIHRS is committed to ensuring equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sex, race, religion, age, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or belief in its hiring process.

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