Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern At Physicians for Human Rights

Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks an Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern.

Location: Remote

Reports to: Investigations Program Officer

Internship Description

The Arabic-speaking investigations (Syria research) intern is the perfect role for a budding human rights activist interested in hands-on nonprofit programmatic experience. This opportunity allows the intern to develop research, language, and analytical skills on topical and important human rights issues through PHR’s work. The intern works closely with PHR’s research and investigations team to help monitor and document daily developments in the context of attacks on health care infrastructure and personnel in Syria. PHR utilizes this documentation to inform the media, motivate governments and the United Nations to denounce such violations of international law, and reinforce that attacks on medical workers, hospitals, and health care infrastructure must stop.

The Arabic-speaking intern will attend departmental and staff meetings as well as regular learning and social events with other PHR interns and staff to round out their learning experience and complement PHR-provided career mentoring.

PHR internships are unpaid. Candidates may be able to arrange academic credit and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to PHR’s online interactive map that tracks the deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on medical workers and health facilities in Syria;
  • Monitor daily developments related to attacks on health in Syria;
  • Conduct, analyze, and organize open-source research on attacks against health care in Syria;
  • Analyze video and other media and extract relevant data; and
  • Provide translations of articles and videos from Arabic to English.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program in a related field;
  • Professional working proficiency (written and verbal) in MSA and Levantine dialect required;
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights;
  • Strong analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills;
  • Mature judgement, able to maintain confidentiality, and a self-starter;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through; and
  • Willingness to work with graphic visual and written content.

Location and Hours

  • The internship will be entirely remote due to PHR’s evaluations of coronavirus health risks.
  • PHR welcomes applications from candidates within and outside the United States.
  • The internship will commence in February with at least a 10/12-week commitment.
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.

How to apply

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Include “Arabic-Speaking Research and Investigations Intern, Spring 2022” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter the number of weekly hours you would be able to commit to the internship.