Project Intern at The Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is looking to engage a project intern to work for its human rights and business programme.

The human rights and business programme focuses on strengthening the ability of state institutions to protect human rights in relation to economic activities, supporting implementation mechanisms at UN level,  as well as on mainstreaming integration of human rights within trade and investments frameworks.

Intern for the projects “Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business” and the “Human Rights & Business Country Guide”

 1)    The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), a joint initiative of The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and Institute of Human Rights and Business (IHRB) directed towards promoting responsible business conduct in Myanmar. MCRB seeks to facilitate locally-owned processes in order for international standards on responsible business to become embedded into practice in Myanmar. This process requires building knowledge and capacity as well as promoting good practice and building dialogue between diverse stakeholders.

Examples of intern tasks for the MCRB project could be: background research, development and refinement of field study methodologies, administrative assistance to implementation and project management, including reporting and internal and external communication. For spring 2015 the project will, among other activities, be conducting a sector wide impact assessment of an agricultural commodity in Myanmar.

 2)    The Human Rights and Business Country Guide is an online guide that provides country-specific guidance to help companies respect human rights and contribute to development. The Country Guide provides a systematic overview of human rights issues for particular attention by companies. For each issue, the Guide provides guidance on how to ensure respect for human rights in company operations or in collaboration with local suppliers and business partners. (

Examples of intern tasks for the country guide could be: Background research on human rights topics and business sectors, country-level legal and practical research on human rights conditions in developing countries. News and blog-posts and other external communication in relation to research. Assistance in the development and refinement of methodologies and material to be used for capacity building of partners.


All candidates must have a high standard first (BA) degree in human rights, law, business studies, political science, anthropology, development studies or related field. Candidates must be enrolled in a Masters-level graduate programme (no exceptions).

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience in human rights
  • Willingness and ability to perform meticulous, detailed research on a wide range of topics
  • Proven ability to summarize complex information
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Please indicate other languages
  • Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm commensurate with the position
  • Extra-curricular activities relating to development organisations, human rights & business issues, or other voluntary social activities will be an advantage

 The position is un-paid. Exact starting dates can be negotiated and so can working hours (30-37 hour a week depending on your studies)

The position is for 6 months.


Please apply by using the form found on our website The application should include cover letter, CV and a short writing sample in English

Deadline for applications: Sunday 8. december 2014

For further information, contact Department Coordinator Hedy Grønager at [email protected]