Spring 2022 Advocacy Internship


Spring 2022 Advocacy Internship

Department: International Advocacy & Litigation

Reporting to: Program Associate, Int’l Advocacy & Litigation

Part-time, Non-Exempt

Openings: One

Location: Remote, Worldwide

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking an Advocacy Intern to advance the work of the International Advocacy and Litigation team for the Spring of 2022. The internship is a part-time 10-week commitment, from January 17, 2022 to March 25, 2022. Applications are considered and positions are offered on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications received by 6pm EST on Monday, November 15, 2021.

About the Int’l Advocacy & Litigation Team:

Our team of lawyers and issue experts collaborate with partners around the world to create lasting legal change. Through legal advocacy, we have freed political prisoners, defended the rule of law in autocratic regimes, and amplified the voices of human rights defenders in the United States and abroad. We present the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, which recognizes a courageous individual whose activism reflects Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference. The award’s recipients enter multi-year partnerships with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, anchoring our advocacy work and strengthening the activists’ ability to make gentler the life of the world.

Role: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights uses multi-faceted advocacy strategies to visibilize and complement our litigation work, including the annual human rights award, webinars, reports, blog posts, op-eds, social media posts, videos, and press releases. The Advocacy Intern would assist the team in planning, researching, and drafting advocacy materials and in executing any advocacy activities, primarily related to the organization’s work on civic space and non-discrimination.

Advocacy Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in research and drafting of short articles, blog posts, social media posts, and other materials in support of RFKHR’s ongoing cases and focus areas.

  • Assisting in planning, developing materials for, and execution of Zoom-based webinars with partner organizations in Africa and Latin America, as-needed.

  • Analyzing news articles on impermissible restrictions to civic space flagged by the team, with an eye towards identifying trends and creating public-facing content and advocacy tools.

  • Curating Twitter lists for the team’s core issue areas, including civic space and gender-based violence in Latin America.

  • Proposing and designing creative advocacy strategies related to international human rights and social justice, and making recommendations on advocacy campaigns to support RFKHR’s ongoing work, the RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other partners.

  • Providing additional support to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights staff on an as-needed basis.


  • Applicants must have completed at least two years of full-time academic study in international relations, communications, or a related field at the start of the internship, and have a well-established interest in human rights.

  • The ideal candidate will have an understanding of regional and universal human rights mechanisms, familiarity with Zoom and with Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels, demonstrated experience in drafting public-facing materials for various audiences, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Spanish language skills are highly desirable but not required.

  • Attention to detail, you’re able to scope out errors and willing to fix mistakes.

  • Time management, you have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once.

  • Self-starter with the drive to propose and execute content pieces on their own.

  • Flexible, patient, and ability to stay gracious under pressure.

  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information.

  • Innovative thinking, a willingness to voice opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential.

  • Teamwork, you are able to build positive relationships with your colleagues and are willing to help others.

  • Inclusive, you’re excited to work with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.

Availability and Compensation:

  • This internship may commence as early as January 17, 2022 and end by March 25, 2022 with a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours per week.

  • Interns will receive a $500 monthly stipend and any needed commuting expenses will be covered.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to intern@rfkhumanrights.org with “Your Name + Spring 2022 Advocacy Intern” in the subject heading.

  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position.

  • Successful writing samples will consist of an approximately 500- 1500 word article, blog post, or other writing authored by the applicant.

No phone calls please. RFK Human Rights will contact qualified candidates directly.

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.