Business & Human Rights Intern at The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Mandatory Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree, and current enrolment in a course of university study.

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) seeks to engage an intern to work for its human rights and business programme.

The Human Rights and Business Programme focuses on strengthening national implementation of human rights in relation to economic activities, supporting relevant mechanisms at UN and regional levels, as well as on mainstreaming integration of human rights within trade and investments frameworks. The intern will be working on various projects in the department. The intern’s duties may include:

  • Research and supporting development of policy interventions in connection with the development of National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights; and the Human Rights and Business Country Guide ;
  • Support to design of training materials for NHRIs and state institutions in the area of business and human rights;
  • Research and coordination activities to support the Learning Laboratory on Public Procurement and Human Rights;
  • Research on investment law and human rights, to inform development of guidance for states with regard to their duties under Pillar I of the UN Guiding Principles;
  • Various tasks relating to the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) project such as: Background research, assistance in the development of a sector wide impact assessment, administrative assistance to implementation and project management, including reporting and internal and external communication.
  • Other research and support on human rights and business topics and activities on an ad hoc basis.

The learning objective is to provide the intern with an introduction to business and human rights, as a newly established sub-disciplinary field within the domain of international human rights law. The intern will gain an understanding of key frameworks and current issues in business and human rights, as well as of the functions and activities of a national human rights institution.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience or academic interest in human rights or corporate social responsibility
  • Willingness and ability to perform meticulous, detailed research on a wide range of topics within the HRB field.
  • Proven ability to summarize complex information
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Other languages in particular Arabic, Spanish and French will be an advantage.
  • Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm commensurate with the position
  • Experience relating to development NGOs, human rights & business issues through extra-curricular activities, or other voluntary social activities will be an advantage

All applicants must have a high standard first (BA) degree in human rights, law, business studies, political science, anthropology, development studies or related field. You also have to be enrolled in a university programme for the entire period of the internship. This is a mandatory requirement.

Please apply by using the form on our website Please observe that the application should include a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a CV, and a short writing sample in English on a relevant topic. 

Questions can be directed to Programme Manager, Elin Wrzoncki at [email protected]

Job title: Business & Human Rights Intern

Location: Copenhagen

Contract: 30-37 hours a week for 6 months (or otherwise negotiated)

Remuneration: Unpaid

Closing date: 10 January 2016