Our Tokyo headquarters is focused on our central activities of advocacy and research on human rights issues, in which interns may have an opportunity to participate. Tokyo interns will conduct research on human rights issues and will assist with drafting memorandums, statements and reports. Other tasks may include translation, assisting with advocacy efforts, and assisting with human rights events and teaching human rights topics to the public. Interns will also assist with logistics and coordination of overseas projects.
1) Internal communication, meetings
2) Outreach, logistics, networking and administrative work
3) Assisting the organizing of events, coordinating campaigns
4) Researching and writing on issues within our focus including:
・Armed conflict and human rights
・Accountability for gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law, international justice
・Business and human rights
・Rights of children
・Human rights defenders and democratic space
・Women’s rights, violence against women
5) Translation and other miscellaneous work
Requirements & Preferences
Qualifications and Requirements for all internships:
Current students in a law school or a four year college degree or graduate program are
encouraged to apply, but internships are not limited to students.
The position is unpaid and funds are not available to cover interns’ expenses, including
The intern must be able to work at least 18 hours per week for at least 3 months or more.
The intern must be able to commute to Human Rights Now’s office (in Tokyo and New York)
and work sites (the Human Rights Council in Geneva).
Proficiency in English (a minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL iBT exam or an equivalent level
as indicated by another test or means if available). Also please notify us of any Japanese
language proficiency and provide a demonstration if available, such as passing the Japanese
Language Proficiency Test or similar.
Basic understanding of law and international human rights law and the UN system.
Excellent writing and research skills.
Ability to stay in the country for the period of work (and in the US case, ability to work).
What we're doing.
Human Rights Now (HRN) is an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, Japan with UN special consultative status. HRN was established in 2006 by a group of human rights professionals, such as lawyers, scholars, and journalists, as the first international human rights NGO based in Japan. With over 700 members comprised of various human rights specialists, HRN works for the promotion and protection of human rights for people in the world, with a special focus on Asia.
In 2012, HRN obtained UN special consultative status, and we have actively engaged in the UN decision-making process to protect and promote human rights.
Currently, HRN has a presence in Tokyo, Osaka, New York , Geneva, and Myanmar and our activities extend throughout Asia and to conflict areas of the Middle-East.
Why we're doing.
Contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, with a special focus on Asian countries;
Contribute to the development of international human rights standards and norms through the UN and other international institutions;
Promote the incorporation of international human rights standards within the domestic framework of Japan.
In particular, we seek to make a concerted effort to improve the human rights situation in the Asian region. We spare no effort in making a positive difference by highlighting the human rights situation and enabling victims of rights violations to have their voices heard, and we welcome close cooperation with international and grassroots NGOs around the world to achieve these goals.
Salary / Fringe Benefits / Perks
Deadline: There is no deadline. We receive applications and fill positions on a rolling basis.
Duration: We are hoping for a commitment of at least 18 hours per week for at least 3 months or longer. We also accept full-time summer and spring interns.
Please note that unfortunately, HRN cannot assist in obtaining visas.
Note: Research interns who demonstrate a high degree of capability may be appointed as a
“research fellow” and given a paid opportunity to conduct research or listed as a co-author in our