Jobs and Internships

Graduate research internship (paid)


The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is currently seeking a graduate research intern to assist the organization in its research projects during the 2017 Summer period.  Please see the description below for more information about the position. Applications will be considered until Monday, 1 May 2017.

General information

CESR accepts graduate research interns during the Spring semester (January – April); Summer (May – August); and the Fall semester (September – December). Our interns generally work part-time over the Spring and Fall semesters and full-time over the Summer. Although we are eager to negotiate a relatively consistent schedule, days and hours of work are flexible. Interns are based at CESR’s New York office. Arrangements for off-site internships may be considered for particularly well-qualified candidates.

Please send your resumé and a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications to Please indicate "Graduate-Level Internship" in your application, and specify in your cover letter which areas of the Center’s program work most interest you and are relevant to your background. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the date specified above. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. Individuals not currently enrolled in a course of graduate study will not be considered.


Intern responsibilities

Interns contribute substantively to the Center’s work in one or more program areas. In particular, interns carry out research that analyzes trends in global policy. They also contribute to the Center’s research documenting deprivations of economic and social rights in specific country contexts; this interdisciplinary research deploys social science and statistical methods alongside traditional techniques of human rights reporting, such as legal analysis and narrative testimony. Interns are also involved in preparing reports and other advocacy materials based on the findings of such research, to present to relevant institutions at the national and regional levels, and before United Nations bodies. As a small NGO, the Center has established robust partnerships with national, regional and international organizations that allow for mutual exchange of expertise. Interns may also interact with our partners, including by attending meetings and workshops, preparing or delivering presentations, and authoring blog posts and opinion pieces, etc.



Currently enrolled in a post-graduate program and in pursuit of a law or graduate degree in a related field, especially human rights and/or international development;

Consistent attention to detail;

Capacity to read, write and communicate fluently in English;

Strong writing and communication skills, including an ability to clearly explain complex technical issues in accessible language and synthesize and evaluate data;

Knowledge of human rights standards and mechanisms, particularly those relating to economic, social and cultural rights;

Experience in conducting research, both quantitative and qualitative;

Capacity to work independently.


Highly desirable

Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish or Arabic;

Background knowledge on: human rights monitoring methodologies; applied macroeconomics and statistics;  global development policy; political transitions or transitional justice (please highlight if you have particular knowledge in any of these fields in your cover letter);

Experience with communications for social justice;

Experience developing online resources and/or familiarity with interactive web-based or other technologies for use in social justice advocacy, such as wikis, video and audio podcasts, social networking sites, etc;

Familiarity with resource centers and databases, especially on socio-economic and development data from various international agencies and trusted sources.