The Human Rights Project (HRP) promotes domestic compliance with universally accepted human rights standards. We are working to create a society where the right to health, housing, education and other standards necessary to live in dignity are guaranteed.  Our mission is to improve the lives of people living in poverty, while emphasizing the leadership of women and people of color.  
Our program strategies are to:

  • Educate the public about our government’s role in advancing or restricting human rights;
  • Equip advocates with human rights tools, models and networks; and
  • Inspire a new community conversation about our political imagination through cultural work and thought leadership.

HRP is a project of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit that serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing.  For more information, please visit

HRP is seeking two enthusiastic interns to assist with the activities of the Human Rights Project. The Policy Research Intern will focus on research, policy analysis, and writing related to HRP’s City Council Human Rights Report Card, an annual report that grades New York City Council Members based on their support for legislation that protects and advances the rights and well-being of New Yorkers.  The responsibilities of the Arts and Human Rights Intern will be to elevate the visibility of the Human Rights Project and help to shape public awareness of domestic human rights by assisting with projects including an art exhibit and a national human rights training. These internships will have a particular focus on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty.  

Both internships are part-time, unpaid positions that will begin in fall 2015.  The Policy Research Internship will be for the fall semester (through December 2015) or the full academic year (2015-16), depending on candidates’ availability.  The Arts and Human Rights Internship will be for the full academic year.  Hours and scheduling will be discussed and determined as part of the interview and hiring process. Individuals with fellowship or other institutional funding are encouraged to apply.

Policy Research Intern
Major responsibilities:

  • Read, analyze and track city legislation and draft summaries for bills that uphold human rights in New York City;
  • Assist with research, data organization and vote tracking for the Report Card and help manage HRP’s legislation database;
  • Assist with outreach to other organizations and community groups regarding their agendas
  • Help administer surveys to council members regarding their human rights records;
  • Assist with other responsibilities to support HRP’s work, as needed.

An interest in data analysis and public policy is a plus for this position, and candidates with proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Access, SPSS, STATA, ArcGIS or other data applications are strongly encouraged to apply.

Arts and Human Rights Intern
Major Responsibilities:  

  • Assist with the launch of an exhibit about women’s rights, with the aim of raising public awareness about CEDAW;
  • Assist with programming and outreach related to our Human Rights Institute, a culturally grounded training that works with a select group of participants from around the country to strengthen their local advocacy efforts by using a human rights frame.
  • Generate materials for public education materials such as newsletters, op-eds, and periodic webinars;
  • Assist with other responsibilities to support HRP's work, as needed.
  • A background in researching and/or creating socially engaged art and cultural work is a plus for this position.



  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Desire to support human rights in diverse New York City communities.
  • Detail oriented, organized, and dependable.
  • Superior communication skills (listening, comprehension, verbal and written expression).
  • Self-starter, with an ability to work independently in a team environment.
  • Strong commitment to social justice.


  • Knowledge of human rights mechanisms, including but not limited to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
  • Experience working with New York City organizations and agencies.

**Please Note:
Although we welcome applications from law and pre-law students, HRP is not a legal project and interns will not be assisting with cases of any kind.  

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (3 pages max) via email to hprinternship [at] urbanjustice [dot] org.  Please specify either “Arts and Human Rights Intern” or “Policy Research Intern” in the subject line, depending on which position you apply for.  Please make sure your name is clearly visible on all submitted materials.