Advocacy Internship – New York City

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is seeking creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working applicants for a full-time six month Advocacy Internship in New York City. This is a remote, office-less, and unpaid internship that reports directly to the Executive Director. We are happy to work with students seeking academic course credit for their work.

Through this program, interns can expect to gain valuable hands-on advocacy experience through meetings with delegations and through engagement with the United Nations General Assembly. In their work, interns will advocate for states to take a stronger stance towards human rights abuses in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf, in particular at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and the General Assembly in New York. Interns will engage with the General Assembly, following debates and keeping track of important updates. Through their work, interns will learn how to request and prepare for meetings with missions and civil society organizations. In learning how to conduct these meetings, interns will develop talking points and create tailored briefing documents for dissemination with delegations. In support of their advocacy work, interns may be asked to draft blogs and dispatches addressing important issues concerning human rights in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf. Interns will also learn about the General Assembly, the mechanisms of the UN including the Human Rights Council, and broader international approach to rights abuses in the region.


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 missions and delegations to the UN General Assembly in support of ADHRB’s mission;
  • Assist in ADHRB’s preparations for engaging with the UN Human Rights Council through advocacy outreach and efforts surrounding the General Assembly;
  • Attend meetings with delegations to discuss human rights in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf region;
  • Attend and report on events, briefings, and other relevant meetings with NGOs and civil society organizations, as well as surrounding the General Assembly’s work;
  • Organize events and panels at local universities to brief delegations, NGO partners, and members of the public;
  • Strengthen NGO and civil society 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 and remotely with minimal supervision;
  • Motivation, strong organizational skills, and an ability to be self-starting;
  • Proficiency at Microsoft Office and social media platforms, in particular Twitter;
  • An interest in the Middle East and North Africa, or democracy and human rights promotion;
  • Ability to commit to full-time – up to 40 hours per week.

Languages and Location

  • Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Candidates must be based in New York City or its surrounding environs and be able to easily commute to Manhattan.

How to apply

For more information about ADHRB, see

Interested in the position?

Please send us your resume and cover letter in PDF format with the file named SURNAME_Name_Resume-CV to with the subject line “New York Advocacy Intern”.