Apply for a Summer 2018 Internship

The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) offers fall, spring and summer internships.  We are now accepting applications for May-August, 2018. GHRC, founded in 1982, monitors, documents, and reports on the human rights situation in Guatemala, advocates for survivors of human rights abuses in Guatemala, and works toward positive, systemic change.

Role of Interns

Because the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA is a small organization, interns are integral and involved in many aspects of our work. Depending on their interests, interns can hone their translating and editing skills working on our quarterly publication, gain experience planning and organizing events (such as fundraisers, speaking tours, or delegations to Guatemala), fine-tune their research skills assisting staff with affidavits for political asylum cases, and learn up-close how a nonprofit organization functions. General duties may include:

Publications: Translating, writing, editing, and publishing reports.
Outreach: Maintaining and updating our media list, creatively forging links between our organization and others, and helping with congressional work, when applicable.
Development: Researching grant opportunities, preparing direct mail letters, organizing fundraisers, and acquiring basic database and website management skills.
Asylum documentation: GHRC works with a national network of attorneys on political asylum cases by providing legal research and expert testimony. Intern work may include researching particular subjects to support political asylum claims, organizing subject files, and compiling information to draft affidavits.

All interns will have the opportunity to attend coalition meetings, regarding US policy as it relates to Guatemala. Often, interns have the opportunity to attend congressional briefings and/or meetings with congressional staff and may also have the opportunity to meet prominent Guatemalan human rights defenders. All interns will be able to research a topic of interest pertaining to the human rights situation in Guatemala, work with an editor, and submit articles for publication.

In your application, please let us know if you have a specific interest in one (or more) of the following areas:

Communications and Fundraising

  • Assist with content creation for GHRC newsletter, blog, website and social media channels
  • Maintain and update media database
  • Attend/document events in DC as needed
  • Monitor human rights news and media coverage of GHRC; generate weekly human rights updates
  • Assist with social media monitoring and web analytics
  • Assist with GHRC fundraising campaigns (direct mail and email campaigns)
  • Assist with fundraising events (annual Human Rights Defenders Award)

Advocacy/Organizing and Events

  • Monitor, analyze, and summarize policy developments that pertain to GHRC’s thematic areas
  • Draft content for use in fact sheets, reports, and other GHRC publications
  • Provide assistance for special events (e.g. annual Human Rights Defenders award and IACHR meetings)
  • Support logistics of GHRC’s Fall speaking tour and summer delegation
  • Help maintain database of university contacts
  • Contribute to the organization’s grassroots organizing efforts
  • Attend congressional briefings and/or meetings with congressional staff (when possible)

Program and Research

  • Support key GHRC campaigns
  • Conduct research for asylum cases, organize subject files, and compile information to draft affidavits
  • Support processes around initiatives to provide direct support to human rights defenders (e.g. Voiceless Speak Fund, Human Rights Defenders Fund)
  • Conduct research for GHRC articles, publications, resources, and/or in-depth reports

It is a policy of our office that we all share in communal administrative tasks. Those tasks include answering phones, data entry, photocopying, filing, mailings, processing orders, and dispatching information.

The intern and GHRC/USA staff will usually decide together on the intern’s particular focus, according to the person’s interests and previous experience. A minimum of twenty hours per week is preferable.


  • Strong written and oral skills, both in English and Spanish (ability to translate is particularly useful)
  • Minimum commitment of 15-20 hours per week
  • Interns must be in the Washington, DC area or in Guatemala City for the internship and may not work from off-site, though a combination of on and off site work may be considered

Though not a prerequisite, the following background is strongly preferred:

  • Demonstrated interest in Latin America/human rights issues
  • Activism in human rights, peace, and justice causes
  • Good organizational skills

How to Apply

Internships at GHRC/USA are unpaid positions. College credit for an internship can be arranged. Please send resume (with two references), cover letter (with the dates you are available), and brief writing samples in English and Spanish by email to GHRC at Please use “[Last Name]-[First Name] Spring Internship” as the subject line.

Deadline for spring applications is April 25, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.