Research and Projects Intern

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: NYC or Washington DC
  • Closing Date: 16/09/2019


The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre seeks an enthusiastic, reliable, well-organized individual to support its work to advance human rights in business, with a particular focus on North America, Africa, and technology and human rights. You should have some knowledge about business and human rights issues in North America, Africa, and/or related to technology. You will need the ability to concisely communicate and demystify large amounts of complex information. You should be self-motivated and able to work independently while functioning well as a member of a small team. You will need research skills, but also must be willing to do a large amount of routine data input efficiently and accurately. Attention to detail is essential.

Working with our Global Team, you will make an important contribution to furthering our vision of a world in which companies respect and advance human rights, and communities and workers are empowered to secure their rights and gain accountability for abuse. You will do so by helping us expand our organization’s coverage of business and human rights issues in North America, Africa, technology and human rights, and the Sustainable Development Goals, among other areas.

Period: September 2019 – May 2020 for at least 10 hours/week. A commitment for the academic year is strongly preferred, however, a semester-long internship is possible.

Reimbursement of local travel costs and lunch up to $9 for interns who do not have any funding for the internship from their university is provided; we are unable to pay any stipend or salary. 

Location: either our office in New York City or in Washington DC (intern may also work from home at times as agreed with supervisor). Please note that we are only able to consider applications from individuals with a valid work/internship permit. 

To apply:

Please download and fill the application form and send it via email to [email protected] by no later than Monday, September 16, 2019. Please include “Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Research & Projects Intern” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Note that we cannot accept CVs. Applications from upper-level undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) or current graduate students will be accepted. We are unable to pay any stipend or salary. 

Next: If shortlisted, we will invite you for an interview and a written test.  

About us 

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre works with civil society, government, investors, and companies to advance human rights in business and eradicate abuse. Our website is the only global business and human rights knowledge hub, tracking the human rights impacts (positive and negative) of over 9,000 companies in over 180 countries and delivering up-to-date news in eight languages. We seek responses from companies when concerns are raised by civil society, with a global response rate of over 73%. 

Our three primary approaches are: 

  • Empowering human rights advocates in civil society, business, and governments to promote better outcomes from negotiations, and stimulate bold leadership for human rights in business. 
  • Building corporate accountability to ensure preventive due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse. 
  • Increasing transparency of the advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business. 

The Resource Centre has offices in London, New York City and Washington DC. Our team members are also based in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Senegal, South Africa, and Ukraine. The Centre is a non-profit organization, and does not accept funding from companies. Further details about the Centre are on our website ( 

Your areas of work 

Depending on your skills, experience, and hours, your duties may include some or all of the following:

  • Research & content development: Support the ongoing use of our website as a key source of information on business and human rights by monitoring and identifying relevant news, reports, and company disclosures, and updating our website to help ensure that we offer comprehensive coverage of critical business and human rights issues. The specific issues that you may be responsible for include:  
  • Business and human rights issues in North America. This may include a range of issues such as human rights violations associated with oil, gas, mining, and renewable energy projects, labour rights abuses, gender, and racial discrimination, abuses linked to private prisons and immigration detention centres, and attacks against human rights defenders;
  • Business and human rights issues in Africa. This may include a range of issues such as human rights violations associated with oil, gas, mining, and renewable energy projects, labour rights abuses, internet shutdowns, and attacks against human rights defenders; and
  • Technology and human rights. This will include updating our technology and human rights portal, which focuses on both the potential positive and negative impacts of artificial intelligence, automation and the gig economy on human rights
  • Business action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Based on language ability, you may also support with translation and expanding our coverage of business and human rights issues in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and/or additional languages.  

  • Event support and fundraising:  This may include conducting online research about prospective funders, materials preparation, and assisting with data entry, gathering, and analysis for our funding reports.

Please note that this internship is not academically oriented and does not involve extensive analysis or writing. Rather, it is a practical internship focused on bringing global attention to company conduct affecting people and communities, with the aim of promoting respect for human rights.  

About You 

Essential attributes:

  • Passionate about human rights with an interest in business and human rights 
  • Familiarity with human rights issues in North America and/or Africa
  • Excellent research, writing, and communications skills  
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy  
  • Reliable and hard-working  
  • Ability to complete time-sensitive daily activities as well as manage longer-term projects  
  • Ability to work well independently and take initiative, as well as work collaboratively in a small team 
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Outlook and online research 
  • Fluent in English reading/writing/speaking  

Highly desirable 

  • Experience with web design or working on websites
  • Experience working on human rights in North America, Africa, technology and human rights, and/or the Sustainable Development Goals at another organization
  • Fluent or strong abilities in a second language (French preferred)

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a diverse, global team. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background and we acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements. We particularly encourage applications from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+. 

Conflict of interest policy:

No activities or membership/affiliation with organizations in conflict with the aims & objectives of the Resource Centre or which may jeopardize its image, impartiality & independence.