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Human Rights First Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  1. "I loved it there!"

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights First as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Great group of people working there
    Meaningful work
    Ability to really make a difference in clients' lives and see the results

    Cons

    Since this is a non-profit organization, employees often work long hours and are not paid as much as they should be for the great work that they do. There are also too many unpaid interns, perhaps for the same reason.

    Advice to Management

    Improve continuity, training, and professional development by reducing the number of unpaid internship positions and increasing the amount of full-time staff positions.


  2. "Great time at HRF"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really awesome projects, interns feel extremely valued, extremely mission oriented, great supervisors

    Cons

    Unpaid and no reimbursement for travel

  3. "Urgent work in a great environment"

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights First as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Urgent and relevant work, opportunities for advocacy, social events, dynamic team

    Cons

    Work can feel overwhelming, but the staff encourages a work-life balance


  4. "Spring Internship"

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    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Rights First as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    really smart coworkers, interesting projects

    Cons

    unpaid, can be boring if managers are too busy to delegate


  5. "Great place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Rights First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good set of people to work with, issues are great and the communications team is on top of their game. The organization is on a growth path. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Like any nonprofit, sometimes decision making is slow. But the organization is actively changing that.


  6. "Advocacy Intern for Refugee Protection"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Human Rights First as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. A lot of opportunity to witness working groups in action, attend congressional hearings and briefings, and sit in on staff meetings.

    Cons

    You don't get a key for the door when you intern, so you have to show up late enough that others will be there to open the door for you. Not so great when you work in the morning and like to get an extra-early start.

    Unpaid, but not unusual for non-profit internships.


  7. "government relations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Human Rights First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great mission, very focused and strategic, smart colleagues, fast paced, driven, pragmatic, great benefits package

    Cons

    communication can be frustrating, mid to lower level staff can feel under-valued, unclear decision making processes

    Advice to Management

    engaging staff more regularly in decision-making processes may help them feel more valued and less caught off guard in the event of significant organizational changes. this may also help to create a better environment of trust and collaboration. the mission and strategy -- and the niche -- that Human Rights First has carved out for itself in recent years is commendable and impressive. keep up the great work!

  8. "Intern review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A great organization committed to advancing human rights
    Relaxed work environment
    Supportive people
    Good location

    Cons

    Day-to-day tasks can be tedious


  9. "Great Place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights First full-time

    Pros

    Loved working at HRF! Friendly staff, quiet work environment and HR is really great

    Cons

    Their maternity leave policy is not the best.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work but does not lead interns anywhere"

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    Former Intern - Legal Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Legal Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Human Rights First as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly environment, not so demanding. It really all depends on your supervisor.

    Cons

    If you desire to start a career there, an internship is not going to help. They pretty much give you your assignment and then forget who you are. Very sad because such a good organization should take care of their alumni better.

    Advice to Management

    Engage interns and respect them. They may come back int he future and add tremendous value to your team.