Research & Projects Intern at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Applicants must have:

  • Excellent English
  • Clear demonstrated commitment to human rights

Minimum internship period: at least 3 months for full-time (35 hours/week) or 6 months for part-time (15 hours/week)

We especially encourage students or recent graduates of relevant undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate programmes to apply.

Reimbursement of local travel costs, and lunch up to £5; we are unable to pay any stipend or salary.

Location: our office in central London (intern may also work from home at times if he/she wishes).

We are seeking a hard-working intern to join our team.  Your tasks will include:

1. Online research & input: Finding relevant news and reports online; composing abstracts; adding and updating pages on the website.

2. Researching companies and creating new company sections on our site.

3. Raising awareness about the Resource Centre by contacting relevant individuals & organizations.

4. Assisting with projects, cases and big issue sections of our website including; Climate Justice, Human Rights Defenders, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Binding treaty, Major sporting events, Tax avoidance, Freedom of Association, Natural Resources, Conflict and Peace

5. Updating broken & outdated links on our site.

6. Participating in staff meetings, including biweekly Skype discussions with all staff & regional researchers.

You will be trained, supervised and supported by our London staff. 

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 tracking day-to-day news about company conduct affecting people and communities, and bringing this to global attention via our website, with the aim of promoting respect for human rights.

You should have a strong interest in international human rights issues.  You will need the ability to concisely summarise 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 & accurately.  Attention to detail and accurate spelling are essential.  Previous experience working with websites is not necessary.

Languages: You must be fluent in, or have a strong working knowledge of, English.  Fluent French and Spanish language skills are highly desirable, but not essential.  Other language skills (particularly Arabic, Chinese, German, Portuguese or Russian) would be very welcome, in which case some of your work will include research & input in those languages.

About Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: The Centre’s website ( has become the world’s leading independent resource on the subject.  It is updated hourly and receives heavy traffic from across the world.  We track the human rights impacts, positive and negative, of over 6100 companies worldwide.  The UN and ILO have, at their request, linked their websites to ours.  The Resource Centre has 10 paid staff in London, including the Executive Director.  Our team members are also based in Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Senegal, South Africa, Myanmar, Ukraine & USA.  The Centre is a non-profit organization, and does not accept funding from companies.  Further details about the Centre are on our site.

Person specification: Research & Projects Intern (starting in June 2015)



Research & analytical skills

Ability to search out & identify relevant articles & reports on the internet, to categorise & summarise them clearly & succinctly (Essential)

Academic or work experience involving online research (Essential)

Data input capacity

Ability & willingness to do large amount of routine data input on a daily basis to update the website & develop the contacts database (Essential)

Attention to detail & accuracy (Essential)

Language skills

Fluent or strong English: reading/writing/speaking (Essential)

Fluent (reading/writing) French and/or Spanish (Highly desirable – but not essential)

Good working knowledge of languages (particularly Arabic, Chinese, German, Portuguese or Russian) to a standard to be able to read newspaper articles and compose brief written summaries (Desirable – but not essential)

Excellent spelling skills (Essential)

Project support

Experience providing support to projects at various stages – including building contact lists, pulling together & synthesising research for briefings, writing targeted blogs (Desirable)

Information technology skills

Proficient computer skills, including MS Word, Outlook and online research (Essential)

Familiarity with social media (Desirable)

[previous experience working on a website is not necessary]


Ability to use own initiative and to work independently (Essential)

Motivated by achieving results and completing tasks (Essential)

Ability to adjust work quickly & efficiently in response to feedback (Essential)

Team skills

Ability & willingness to work effectively as part of a small team (Essential)

Organizational skills

Experience of organising & prioritising own work (Essential)

International knowledge

Interest in international affairs (Essential)

General knowledge of international social & environmental issues (Essential)

Commitment to human rights

Interest in & commitment to promoting human rights (Essential)

Impartiality & balance

Ability & willingness to present information objectively & impartially (Essential)

Conflict of interest


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

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

To apply, please download and complete the application form below, and send via email to Alex Janczenia [email protected]. Please include ‘Research & Projects Internship’ in the subject line. Note, we cannot accept CVs.

Closing date: 25 May 2015, 5pm London time