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Oct
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Physicians for Human Rights – Spring 2012 Internships

PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – SPRING 2012 INTERNSHIPS

ASYLUM NETWORK INTERNSHIP

The Asylum Network at Physicians for Human Rights provides pro bono medical evaluations for individuals fleeing human rights abuses from countries all over the world who are seeking asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief from deportation in the US.  The network is composed of hundreds of expert health professionals that provide physical, psychological, and gynecological evaluations to document evidence of torture and abuse.  If evidence of severe harm is found, these volunteers provide to the attorneys of these asylum seekers medical affidavits for submission to the Immigration Court.

The Asylum Network is seeking an intern for Spring 2012 a minimum of 20 hours/week to work with the Asylum Network Coordinator. The intern will assist in maintaining a network of over 450 health professionals, as well as providing administrative and clerical assistance to the Asylum Network Coordinator.  The intern will be responsible for obtaining case outcomes of past clients, managing case details of current clients, as well as assisting with in-depth background research on investigations conducted by the Asylum Program.

Key responsibilities can be expected to include:
• Sensitive human rights data organization and maintenance
• Handling all intake forms for new clients, and summarizing case descriptions
• Entering all sensitive case material into a database
• Obtaining case outcomes for all past clients of the asylum network
• Contacting the Immigration Court, formally known as the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to obtain  case results
• Locating attorneys who have changed positions or firms since working with PHR, and updating contact information
• Administrative tasks, such as filing and archiving case information
• Editorial tasks, such as proofreading and footnotes
• Background research on key areas of interest to the Asylum Program, such as US immigration laws, detention centers, and medical care available to those in detention
• Keeping up to date on current news and hot topics relating to immigration

Qualifications
• Strong interest in and commitment to human rights;
• Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills;
• Extremely detail oriented;
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization;
• Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, and capacity to work with minimal supervision;
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through;
• Strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds, and
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

All interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to asylum@phrusa.org .
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HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

Working on International Research on Armed Conflict, Health and Human Rights
Internship Opportunity – IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY Spring 2012

PHR has an immediate need for 1-2 interns to work on several human rights research projects and international investigations related to mass atrocities and armed conflict this Spring 2012.

These interns will assist with new and forthcoming investigations, as well as working on and elaborating on existing projects.  The interns will be responsible for conducting in-depth background investigations on relevant international topics, including, but not limited to, creating weekly digests of current events, preparing for international field investigations, conducting background research, and contributing to international human rights publications.

Key responsibilities can be expected to include:
• In depth background research on international human rights violations, armed conflict, and public health
• Creating well cited investigative notes and annotated outlines
• Keeping expert notice of current events and global politics
• Locating and analyzing current and relevant material
• Organization and maintenance of international contact lists
• Collaboration with organizational staff and leaders on  new projects and investigations
• Sensitive human rights data organization and maintenance
• Being prepared to handle emergency investigations and reports in a high energy, faced paced environment

Examples of Past Investigations:
• Zimbabwe- Investigating the man-made disaster of public health systems: researching the chain between Mugabe’s economic policies to Zimbabwe’s economic collapse, resulting in food insecurities, malnutrition, and outbreaks of infectious disease.
• Bangladesh- An emergency report examining the abominable health conditions of Rohingya refugees from Burma living as unregistered refugees in Bangladesh, unrecognized by their home country, their country of asylum, as well as the international community.
• Thailand- Another emergency report reporting the effects of the political protests on the public health system in Bangkok, including violations of humanitarian principals at a major Bangkok hospital.
• Burma- PHR’s groundbreaking application of epidemiological household clustering sampling to human rights research across Chin State examines massive human rights violations in Junta-controlled Burma.

Qualifications:
• Strong interest in and commitment to human rights;
• Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted organization;
• Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, and capacity to work with minimal supervision;
• Superior organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through;
• Strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• Openness to working with individuals from all different backgrounds;
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, and
• Flexibility and willingness to work on a wide variety of projects as needed

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internship@phrusa.org
Please indicate in your cover letter the dates you are available and how many hours per week you can contribute to PHR.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~careerblog/2011/10/physicians-for-human-rights-spring-2012-internships/

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