Development Intern

Physicians for Human Rights


  • Location: New York
  • Salary: unpaid
  • Closing Date: 28/02/2017


A Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate, PHR is a global organization founded on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to stop human rights violations. PHR’s investigations and expertise are used to advocate for the protection of persecuted health workers and medical facilities under attack, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable. For more information about PHR, please see our website at


A development internship provides an opportunity for a budding human rights activist to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy and the day-to-day operations of a Nobel Prize winning nonprofit organization with a global reach. The intern will be mentored by the development associate and be given exposure to a wide range of database, research and administrative tasks carried out by a nonprofit fundraising development department. Projects and tasks the intern may work on include:

• Researching and preparing thorough, well-written briefings on prospective funders including individuals, governments, and foundations.

• Helping to identify new funding opportunities for the major gifts program and institutional development team.

• Assist the development associate in entering data into The Raiser’s Edge, PHR’s donor database.

• Maintain and help create development materials to be used in donor meetings.

• Assist with mailings, filing and special projects as needed. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend departmental and staff meetings, as well as regular learning and social events with other interns and staff from PHR to round out the learning experience and complement career mentoring provided by the development associate.


• Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study, or a graduate in 2016.

• Strong interest in human rights.

• Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills and superior research skills.

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization.

• Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, commitment to data accuracy, and follow-through.

• Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds.

• Self-motivated and able to “own” projects from start to finish.


• The development intern will be based in PHR’s New York office in midtown Manhattan.

• Hours can be flexible to accommodate different types of schedules.

• The internship will commence at the start of September with at least a 10-week commitment.

• This is an unpaid position. Students may be able to arrange academic credit, and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.


Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] Include “Development Intern, Spring 2017” in the subject line. Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.