Summer 2019: Business and Human Rights Internship – NYC

The Human Rights Center and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre are seeking an enthusiastic, reliable, well-organized individual to support its work to advance human rights in business, with a particular focus on North America and technology and human rights.

Working with the Resource Centre’s Global Team in New York City, you will make an important contribution to furthering the vision of a world in which companies respect and advance human rights, and communities and workers are empowered to secure their rights and gain accountability for abuse. You will do so by helping expand the work of both organizations in particular, business and human rights issues in the United States and Canada, technology and human rights, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This internship provides a practical experience focused on bringing global attention to company conduct affecting people and communities, with the aim of promoting respect for human rights.

Depending on your skills and experience, your duties may include some or all of the following:

Research & content development:
 Support the ongoing use of the Resource Centre’s website as a key source of information on business and human rights by monitoring and identifying relevant news, reports, and company disclosures, and updating their website to help ensure that we offer comprehensive coverage of critical business and human rights issues. The specific issues that you may be responsible for include:  
  • Business and human rights issues in the United States and Canada. This may include a range of issues such as human rights violations associated with oil, gas, mining, and renewable energy projects, labor rights abuses in the agriculture and construction sectors, gender and racial discrimination, and abuses linked to private prisons and immigration detention centers.
  • Technology and human rights. This will include updating the Resource Centre’s technology and human rights portal, which focuses on both the potential positive and negative impacts of artificial intelligence, automation and the gig economy on human rights
  • Business action on the Sustainable Development Goals; and Attacks on human rights defenders.
Event support and fundraising: This may include conducting online research about prospective funders, materials preparation, and assisting with data entry, gathering and analysis for the Resource Centre’s funding reports.

Essential attributes:
  • Passionate about human rights with an interest in business and human rights 
  • Familiarity with human rights issues in North America
  • Excellent research, writing, and communications skills 
  • Ability to concisely communicate and demystify large amounts of complex information
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Reliable and hard-working
  • Ability to complete time-sensitive daily activities as well as manage longer-term projects
  • Ability to work well independently and take initiative, as well as work collaboratively in a small team
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Outlook and online research
  • Fluent in English reading/writing/speaking 
Highly desirable: 
  • Experience with web design or working on websites
  • Experience working on human rights in North America, technology and human rights, and/or the Sustainable Development Goals at another organization
  • Fluent or strong abilities in a second language (Spanish preferred)

July 1 - August 9, 2019 for 30-35 hours/week

This internship provides up to $3,000 stipend to support housing, food, public transportation, dry cleaning and other basic needs and resources in New York.

  • Applicants should be a University of Dayton student taking courses in Fall 2019
  • Applicants should be eligible to work or intern in the U.S.

Summer 2019 application has closed.


Human Rights Center

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790