JRR USA Intern – Mentoring Humanitarian Responders (MHR) Program

Justice Rapid Response (JRR) is an innovative initiative established by States to improve the ability of the international community to end impunity for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations. JRR provides a flexible, rapid, and cost-effective means to access relevant, highly specialized investigative expertise in order to assist with fact-finding, inquiries and investigations in situations where violations of international criminal law and serious human rights violations may have occurred. To do this, JRR has created a geographically diverse and gender balanced roster of experts in a wide range of criminal justice and related fields who have specialized expertise in the conduct of international investigations. The experts on the JRR roster can be made rapidly available at the request of States, as well as international institutions with appropriate jurisdiction such as UN entities or the International Criminal Court. Our vision JRR’s goal is to ensure that timely, professional, impartial investigations of core international crimes contribute to creating credible deterrence, thus helping post conflict societies avoid sliding back into conflict.

The Intern will gain direct exposure to the workings of an international organization and will have the opportunity to attend internal staff meetings, and outside meetings and events related to the field of international justice. By the conclusion of the internship, the Intern will have produced multiple reports on topics related to the contributions of civil society organizations to justice efforts. The Intern will work within the MHR Program, which provides capacity building to civil society organizations that are documenting human rights violations. The internship is unpaid.

The intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Research and compile reports on major developments and topics in the areas of international justice and civil society organizations;
  • Perform desk reviews of new/current partners, including tracking where the information collected is going, based on public reports;
  • Research and compile reports on the interlinks between women’s participation in peace processes and justice;
  • Monitor and report on news, events and trends related to civil society organizations and documentation, with a special focus on the MENA region;
  • Perform such other related tasks as may be reasonably required.

The successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • Experience in completing social science research;
  • Strong skills in writing and analysis of information;
  • Proactive problem-solving skills;
  • Commitment to and interest in international justice;
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills;
  • Background in the areas of international relations, Middle East studies, conflict studies, government, social sciences, or a similar field;
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of Arabic is an asset;
  • Positive attitude and ability to be a team player.

The intern will be working on a part-time schedule, either remotely or in JRR’s New York offices. The Intern will work under the guidance of the JRR MHR Programme Coordinator, and under the overall supervision of the JRR Head of Office – JRR USA.

How to Apply:
To apply, provide: 1) Resume; 2) 1-page letter of motivation explaining why you are interested in this internship, and 3) 1-2-page academic writing sample. Email your application content to development@justicerapidresponse.org with the subject line “MHR Program Intern – *your name*. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.