HRT Intern (Humanitarian Representation Team)

Date: Nov 22, 2021

Location: New York City, NY, US, 10006

Organization: Doctors Without Borders | Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers impartial medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries.

We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s common mission.





The Humanitarian Representation Team (HRT) is responsible for carrying out humanitarian diplomacy on behalf of MSF’s global operations to ensure that the needs of our patients are understood by the people shaping international and medical policies. The US-based team includes the Humanitarian Representative to the United Nations and the Humanitarian Representative to the United States. The HRT is part of the Programs Department at MSF-USA. Units served and/or supported by the Programs Department include the Humanitarian Representation Team (HRT), Access Campaign, Epicentre, MSF-USA domestic projects and other special projects related to medical and operational priorities of MSF.







Provide support to the HRT Team while gaining practical experience and developing research, diplomacy, and advocacy skills. The position may at times also help support other units within the Program Department for specific projects.

This role reports to the Humanitarian Representation Team. The intern position is ideal for an applicant interested in the social mission of Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and who is also seeking meaningful experience at an International Non-Governmental Organization.







The HRT Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct research on humanitarian actors and topics
  • Summarize reports and conduct literature reviews based on academic publications
  • Attend and summarize external meetings on topics relevant to the work of the team (primarily online)
  • Assist in the preparation of briefing documents and other information for advocacy and policy engagements
  • Contact database management
  • Create shareable content for stakeholders and compile internal updates including content for the Program Department newsletter
  • Other tasks as assigned





Required Skills:


  • A bachelor’s degree or progress toward a higher degree in a field related to the work of the HRT (international relations, policy, or law, global and public health)
  • A genuine interest in medical humanitarian aid and the mission of MSF and a demonstrated interest (personal, professional, or academic) in international work
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong writing and proofreading ability
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
  • Creativity, curiosity, and willingness to delve into new topic areas to build and share knowledge
  • Preferred knowledge or desire to learn about US politics, the UN system, congressional processes, international humanitarian actors and the contexts where MSF operates
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience in performing academic research and literature reviews is a must
  • Experience using a CRM tool is an asset but not required



Please note that neither relocation assistance nor visa sponsorship will be offered for this position. 


Expected to work in a hybrid remote work environment with the ability to come into either the NYC office or regional hub (Washington, DC) a minimum of 2 times a week.  

One position is for the New York City  area and the second position is for the regional hub, Washington, DC area


We do not accept phone calls or e-mails during the recruitment process.   Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Application Deadline: Open Until Filled



MSF-USA/Doctors Without Borders is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No employee, or applicant for employment, shall be discriminated against in any term or condition of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We are constantly striving to make our organization anti-racist. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values. As an employee, you become part of that mission. We expect this same commitment from our staff.






Pay Class & Contract Type

Intern Nonexempt 



$15 per hour


Working Time (Hours Per Week)


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City