Jobs and Internships

1. Graduate Research Internship – Human rights in economic policy (unpaid)

CESR accepts graduate research interns in the Spring semester (January – April); over the summer months (May – August); and during 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.

CESR is currently seeking a driven and innovative research intern for Fall, 2015.

Graduate Research Intern responsibilities

The Graduate Research Intern this Fall will contribute substantively to the Center’s cutting-edge program on human rights in economic policy. In particular, the intern will carry out research that analyzes trends in adapting human rights norms and mechanisms to tax and fiscal policy with the broader aim of dismantling extreme inequality. The Intern will contribute to the Center’s research documenting deprivations of economic and social rights in a specific country context, using interdisciplinary research deploys social science and statistical methods alongside traditional techniques of human rights reporting, such as legal analysis and narrative testimony. The Intern will also work with CESR staff to develop new tools to monitor tax-related human rights abuses to present to relevant institutions at the national, regional and United Nations level.
Internships with CESR are vibrant, intense experiences. 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 well interact with our partners, including by attending meetings and workshops, preparing or delivering presentations, authoring blog posts and opinion pieces, etc.



  • Recently completed, or in pursuit of a law or graduate degree in a related field, especially economics and/or human rights ;
  • Consistent attention to detail;
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in English;
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including an ability to clearly explain complex technical issues in an accessible language and synthesize and evaluate data;
  • Experience in conducting research, both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Capacity to work independently.

Highly desirable

  • Familiarity with tax and fiscal policy, especially related to the extractive industry
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish;
  • Familiarity with human rights and impact assessment monitoring methodologies;
  • Familiarity with applied macroeconomics and statistics;
  • Knowledge of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Familiarity with resource centers and databases, especially on socio-economic and development data from various international agencies and trusted sources.

Application Instructions

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications to by the latest, Friday, August 28. Please indicate "Graduate-Level Internship" in your application. Early applications are strongly encouraged! Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

2. Post-graduate Fellowships

CESR periodically hosts post-graduate fellows who have been awarded funding from their university. Often, fellows will focus on a specific project, defined in consultation with CESR and their university. We do not have a formal application process for fellows. To inquire about working with us as a post-graduate fellow, please email