Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is seeking creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working applicants for a six month Advocacy Internship beginning in July/August and running December 2019/January 2020, based in Rome, Italy. Through this program, interns can expect to gain valuable hands-on international advocacy experience as well as to further develop communications and project management skills through supporting advocacy campaigns, and creating a network of governmental contacts. Interns will also gain in-depth knowledge of the Arab Gulf region and be able to improve their writing and research skills. We are happy to work with students seeking academic course credit for their work. This is a remote, unpaid internship that reports directly to the Executive Director.


Interns will:

  • Research human rights crises and issues in the Arab Gulf region and their relations to the international human rights legal framework;
  • Draft policy papers and advocacy letters to support ADHRB’s mission;
  • Assist in ADHRB’s preparations for engaging with the United Nations Human Rights Council;
  • Attend and report on events, briefings, and other relevant meetings during legislative and parliamentary sessions;
  • Attend meetings with international and national actors to discuss human rights in Bahrain and the Gulf region;
  • Attend meetings with policymakers to discuss human rights in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf region;
  • Organize events and panels at local universities and in parliament to brief policymakers, NGO partners, and members of the public;
  • Strengthen national NGO partnerships through regular coordination and cooperation;
  • Support social media activities and provide administrative support where needed.

Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a graduate program and have an undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, or a related field with:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Motivation, strong organizational skills, and ability to be self-starting;
  • Proficiency at Microsoft Office and social media platforms, in particular Twitter;
  • A demonstrated interest in the Middle East and North Africa, or democracy and human rights promotion;
  • Ability to work full time and commit to 40 hours per week.

Languages and Location

  • Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Candidates must be based in Rome.

How to apply

For more information about ADHRB, see

Interested in the position?

Please send us your CV and cover letter in PDF format named SURNAME_Name_CV-CL to with subject line European Advocacy Intern.