Protecting and promoting human rights throughout the world can be a life-changing experience as you are personally involved in helping to generate social change. Having an international human rights internship may not only give you the opportunity to learn about other peoples, cultures and current human rights issues while being engaged in the process of social transformation, but it may also help you in more clearly determining where your educational and professional future will lead.
As a graduate student desiring to solidify my Spanish skills as well
as learn how grassroots movements in rural areas function, I spent hours upon
hours researching the internet and travel books to find where I could go,
how to apply, what to bring with me, how much it would cost, etc. After returning
from an incredible experience in El Salvador, Barb Frey from the Global Institute
and I decided that we needed to make the process of obtaining an international
human rights internship more accessible to students. This brochure was the
result. It was made in order to assist undergraduate and graduate students
at the University of Minnesota in their search for possible internship or
volunteer positions. In it you will find information from potential funding
to what past interns have done while working abroad to what to pack before
you leave. Our hope is that this brochure will help you whether you are at
the very beginning of your search or in the more advanced stages. We wish
you the best of luck and hope you have a very rewarding experience.
Some General Human Rights Sites
Here is a list of sites in which you can investigate previous and current human
rights issues. This might help you in getting started by finding either a region or
a subject matter that particularly interests you. And if you are awarded an internship, these sites might provide additional information about the country you are going to and current problems its people and/or government are facing. This certainly is not a comprehensive list of Human Rights websites but it can serve as an introduction.
Human Rights Today: A United Nations Priority
This site provides a helpful introduction to the concept of universal human rights, reviews the history that led to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and describes the principal United Nations (UN) bodies that deal with human rights issues.
This is the site of Amnesty’s International Secretariat in London. It includes a library of many of AI’s current publications, including Amnesty’s annual report, country reports, new releases, and international campaign materials. The site also maintains links to Amnesty sections and groups around the world. Information on Amnesty’s past campaigns from 1994 to present is also archived on this site.
Amnesty International USA
This site includes news releases, the Amnesty Action newsletter, regional office addresses, and links to US local groups’ sites. Current actions and appeals for letter writing, along with a guide to letter writing, are available through the Amnesty Action Center, as is information about starting a student group. Information about AIUSA’s current campaigns can be found here, as well as info about the Environmental Defenders, Outfront!, Urgent Action, Government Action, Legal Support, Children’s Rights, and Women’s Rights Networks.
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights/Partners in Human Rights Education
This site provides summaries of several human rights advocacy programs at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, including Children’s Rights, Women’s Human Rights, and the Refugee and Immigrant Program, including the BIAS Project and the Refugee and Asylum Project. Information on current actions, volunteer opportunities and pilot programs is available, as well as a list of publications which can be ordered through Minnesota Advocates. An extensive list of links to other human rights advocacy organizations and education websites can also be found here.
Human Rights USA
The Human Rights USA website includes areas for human rights education, communication, and action. Information on human rights education methodologies and annotated bibliographies are also posted here, in addition to a human rights education directory with contact info for various human rights organizations, and links to other human rights education sites. The text of Human Rights Here and Now, an educational resource for community and classroom community education is found here. This site also includes ordering information for educational materials from the Human Rights Resource Center, and links to human rights documents and libraries as well as links to an advocacy network, including an education listserve.
Human Rights Web
This website includes background information on the history of human rights, links to legal and political documents, international human rights organizations, resources and listings of newsgroups and discussion groups.
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
This well-maintained site contains over 90 of the most important international human rights documents and many useful links to human rights organizations and documents. In addition to the International Bill of Rights, it includes the United Nations treaties on the rights of women, children, indigenous peoples, refugees and asylum seekers, and on slavery. Information on applied human rights research topics is also available, in addition to links to mirror web sites from four continents.
Women’s Human Rights
This site includes documents related to the reproductive and sexual rights of women, annotated links to research material, governmental and non-governmental documents, and a bibliography of women’s international human rights sources.
Human Rights Internet
This site based in Canada contains listings of resources, funding sources for projects, human rights background information and documents, and human rights education materials. They have listings of human rights seminars, internships, courses, and schools offering human rights related programs. Also included are syllabi of human rights courses taught around the world at post-secondary institutions. There also is a Rights Talk Forum, and a Youth Centre, with activities and information aimed at students.
This site contains information on specific prisoner cases, letter-writing actions, mailing lists, and human rights organizations, mainly but not exclusively focusing on Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas. Information is in both English and Spanish.
Youth in Action Network
This site provides an interactive forum in which youth can learn about issues such as indigenous and cultural rights, and the environment. The “Talk About It” section allows real-time discussions about selected topics and provides an online forum where participants can post their thoughts and questions on human rights issues. Tools for taking actions are posted, including how-to info on writing letters, making petitions, contacting legislators, and raising funds.
International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRC is a unique, private organization that acts as the custodian of the Geneva Conventions and works to protect and provide assistance to victims of international armed conflicts and internal violence. A wealth of resources resides on its site, including articles from the International Review of the Red Cross, a humanitarian law database with texts of relevant treaties, and information on ICRC’s country operations.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
In additions to information on current UNHCR operations, this includes a section for teachers that provides an up-to-date list of teaching resources—curricula and videos—on refugee issues, some of which are available for free. Detailed lesson plans in the areas of art, history, geography, civic education, and language and literature are available for three age groupings: ages 9-11, 12-14, and 15-18.
National Immigration Forum
This is the site of a non-profit organization whose purpose is to “embrace and uphold America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants.” It includes fact sheets, informational packets, newletters, and a list of publications on immigration issues.
This site includes full-text databases with current and comprehensive
information about refugees throughout the world, with links to U.N. official
documents, country reports, international instruments and refugee case law.
To view the answers to common questions regarding international
internships, please click on the following link.
Getting funded can be one of the most difficult parts of the internship procedure. There are a variety of ways to go about the funding process. You could write letters to family members, friends, church members, etc. asking them to donate money to your trip. Or, you could apply for grants through a few different programs offered through the University of Minnesota (or elsewhere). It is strongly recommended that you begin early and if you do decide to apply for a grant, you should commit enough time to completing the application, as the fellowship programs are quite competitive. Keep in mind that when you apply for funding, you should have some sort of notification and/or evidence that you have, or soon will have, been awarded an internship position. Following are the funding resources at the U.
Office of International Programs
645 Heller Hall
271 19th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-5580
This scholarship was developed to provide an annual award of $1,500 for two University of Minnesota students to pursue research abroad dealing with issues of direct relevance to international peace. Applicants must be degree-seeking University of Minnesota undergraduate or graduate students. The proposed research must be relevant to issues of international peace. The primary focus of the scholarship is on peace among countries, although projects concerned with domestic peace within foreign countries will be considered as relevance is demonstrated. Note however that Dunn Scholarships will not be awarded for research in countries on the State Department’s Travel Warning List. Pick up the application in the Office of International Programs and deliver the finished application by noon on March 3, 2003. Email, call, or stop by the office if you have additional questions.
Career & Community Learning Center
135 Johnston Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-7577
Three times a year, four to six CLA undergraduate students receive $1,200 grants to enable them to complete an unpaid internship experience valuable to their learning and future career goals. CLA believes that internships are important for gaining practical experience outside the classroom. The grant process is quite competitive so make sure that you put enough time and effort into the application procedure. You should know, however, that the committee that reviews your application does not take into account your GPA or your financial need.
To apply, you must be at least a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and never have been awarded the grant previously. Graduate students are not offered these grants. In order to receive the grant, you must first secure an appropriate internship in which you will complete a minimum of 120 hours of work at the site. This work must be off campus and not directly connected to a University department or to a University faculty/staff member. There are three rounds of grant awards. The deadlines are as follows: 1)Fall semester: The third Wednesday in September; 2)Spring Semester: The second Wednesday in February; 3)Summer Session: The fourth Wednesday in June. You may download the application from their website and can submit a completed on in the Career and Community Learning Center. Please look at further criteria (i.e. what you should include in your application essay) on the above website.
Human Rights Center
University of Minnesota
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 626-0041
The Human Rights Center accepts applications for fellowship grants to residents of the Upper Midwest –including students, teachers, lawyers, other professionals, community leaders, activists and others—to undertake practical experience in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote human rights by providing practical training in the varied aspect of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement should provide both training for the individual and assistance to the organization. The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center Fellowship Program also fosters links between communities in the Upper Midwest and communities and human rights organizations around the world. Therefore, participants will act as human rights ambassadors of their work after the fellowship appointment, by bringing human rights concerns back to their communities in the Upper Midwest. Applicants will be required to propose how they plan to bring their human right experiences home, whether through teaching, volunteer projects, public speaking, slide shows, or other community activities.
Awards are competitive; approximately 20 grants will be awarded for
the 2003 program. Fellowships should be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration.
Grants will ordinarily range from $1,000 to $4,500, averaging about $3,200
and are intended to cover traveling and living expenses incurred during the
fellowship experience. Grants may be used for the summer or during a similar
period of the fall, winter, or spring. Applicants must have adequate proficiency
in the relevant languages. Applications must be received by March 3, 2003
at 4:00 p.m. Decisions will be made by March, 31, 2003. For more information
and an application please see their above website, email or phone number.
International Internship Grant Competition
214 Social Sciences Bldg
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The MacArthur Program seeks to increase the number of University of Minnesota graduate and professional school students in degree programs who undertake internships/supervised fieldwork experiences related to the developing world. In 2003 it will award seven or eight grants to underwrite travel and living expenses incurred in internships in organizations carrying out activities relevant to the purposes of the MacArthur Program. Internships are understood to be experiences involving both learning and service components. The competition will favor internships that are a necessary part of the training program of the student or that will significantly enhance career preparation.
Applications will be accepted from graduate and professional school students enrolled full-time in degree programs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Applicants should be proficient in the language of the host country. Preference will be given to candidates in the midst of their study program and to those candidates who have not already received a MacArthur Program grant, although that fact does not disqualify an application. Grants will be made in the range of $2,000 to $2,500 to help pay travel and living expenses incurred in carrying out the internship project. Applicants are encouraged to apply to other funders for additional support if needed. Applications are due by March 3, 2003 at the latest. The following is required in applying for a grant:
You can find the application on their website and can send it and the
supporting materials to their mailing address. Email or call with any additional
Office of International Programs
645 Heller Hall
271 19th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-5580
These fellowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master’s and professional degree programs, and to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. A primary goal of the fellowships is to increase exposure to other cultures. The program especially encourages applications from students who have never traveled abroad.
Up to $2,000 may be requested to support travel, living, and allied
academic or professional expenses abroad. Awards may be used from May 2003
through April 2004. Projects may range in length from three weeks to one year—all
other things being equal, students on longer programs will be given preference.
Approximately 30 fellowships will be awarded this year and international medical
insurance will be provide for all recipients. Completed applications are due
in the (above) Office of International Programs by noon on February 10, 2003.
Find application in the office itself or on the website. Awards will be announced
by April 1, 2003.
Parts of the following list of resources were compiled by the International Service & Travel Center to help you begin your search for an international internship. These sites generally offer a variety of information ranging from specific volunteer or internship possibilities to how to buy travel insurance to what you should bring with you if you go to a particular country.
Internships for University of Minnesota students who want to combine internships with a classroom experience abroad.
U of MN Resource library and experienced peer advisers provide information about a variety of international employment and volunteer or internship possibilities as well as guidance regarding what to do before, during and after an international experience. Information such as how to get travel insurance, visa requirements, funding options, full graduate programs abroad, safety and health concerns is also available here. This is an excellent site with a tremendous amount of practical information. The office for the International Service and Travel Center is located in 94 Blegen Hall where they offer a variety of resources relating to volunteer and intern experiences. Make sure to check out How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher as well as International Directory of Voluntary Work edited by Victoria Pybus. Both are excellent resources on volunteering abroad, profiling 100 and 700 organizations, respectively that offer short and long term projects.
This site offers on-campus advising on internships, gaining academic credit, and directed study opportunities. The Career and Community Learning Center provides career resources and information, access to job, internship and volunteer listings, service learning, opportunities to get involved in the community, and exchanges to other U.S. colleges. This web site is designed to help you learn about CCLC services and find valuable information and resources. If you would like to speak with a staff member personally, you can stop by 135 Johnston Hall on the East Bank campus.
CDS administers programs ranging in duration from three to twenty-four months. Every program consists of an internship component; some have academic or language training elements as well. The variety of program formats enables you to choose the one that best fits your skills and requirements. Internships are possible in any of the following fields: Management, Business, Commerce, and Finance; the Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations; Information Media and Communications Agriculture Arts and Culture. Specific internships abroad are set up and sometimes funded through CDS international.
FSD was formed to provide college students, graduates, and professionals the opportunity to gain hands on development experience with grassroots development organizations in Latin America and Africa. They offer internship programs in which interns are completely immersed in the language and culture of Latin America or Africa. Placed with an organization in the intern's area of interest, interns are able to work with the day to day activities of the host organization and/or complete a self designed project that is in line with the goals of the organization. A family homestay, orientation and evaluation sessions, host organization supervisor, and program coordinator are integrated with the internship for a complete experience. Internships are available in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, South Africa, and Tanzania. Participants must be college students or graduates with intermediate Spanish or above for the Latin American Programs. Internships are available all year round and undergraduate and graduate credit is available.
This site provides a listing and description of over 23,000 non-profit and community organizations in 153 countries. You are able to design the perfect volunteer opportunity for yourself by setting up one or more Volunteer Profiles with your interests, skills and schedule. These Profiles can then be searched by organizations in Idealist. There is also an ample catalog of available internships and volunteer programs according to topic or region.
InternAbroad.com is a good source for international internships. Search for paid and volunteer, academic and non-academic internships, as well as college credit practical training programs around the world. It is a comprehensive site with search options for program type and desired country. The site also offers a search engine for possible funding.
AIPT can assist American students and professionals in most scholastic majors and career fields who want to grow personally and professionally through international, on-the-job training experiences. The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) offers placement assistance to college and university students majoring in technical subjects and can also help some non-technical students. The Prearranged Training Program assists professionals and recent graduate in nearly any career field. Knowledge of the language in the country where the training takes place is usually required.
AIESEC's primary activity is facilitation of work abroad exchange programs between its member countries. These internships or employment opportunities are business-related. AIESEC in the U.S. sends students from the U.S. to work abroad and receives students from around the world to work for companies in the U.S. Paid and unpaid positions are available.
This site offers an online brochure of a consortium of groups at the University of Minnesota that sponsor feminist internships for graduate students. Information on past internships, specific NGOs, how to have successful internship experience, and funding is provided.
On this site, you can choose intern or volunteer programs by country and subject. Travel guides, study essentials and country advice are provided.
These sites present information on internships with State Department,
Department of Commerce, and other agencies abroad and in Washington, D.C.
About half of the internships are in Washington, D.C. From time to time, intern
positions may be available at Department offices in other large cities in
the United States. The remaining internships are at our embassies and consulates
abroad. The majority of internships are unpaid.
The following is a list of a few well-known international
organizations—both governmental and non-governmental—that promote the implementation
of human rights in its many forms throughout the world. Generally, it is extremely
competitive to obtain internships from these organizations but if you feel
you are sufficiently qualified, they also could offer one of the best learning
experiences of your life.
322 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 807-8400
Language: Depends on placement
There are a variety of human rights internships offered through Amnesty
International in different regions of the U.S. or abroad. Because vacancies
often get filled or become available, internships are listed on the website
rather than in this description. All internships are unpaid; however, daily
commuting expenses may be reimbursed depending on the area where you are working.
Amnesty International offers flexible hours to accommodate class/work schedules.
Internships are granted for a three-month period, but longer commitments are
encouraged. They seek interns who: Possess strong written and verbal communication
skills; Are capable of taking on significant responsibility; Are familiar
with AI and human rights issues; Work well as part of a team as well as independently.
See the following page of their website for specific internships and application
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Phone: (212) 290-4700
Language: Fluency in another language a plus but not required
Human Rights Watch offers academic semester and summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students in its U.S. offices as well as abroad. Graduate interns monitor human rights developments in various countries, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy efforts aimed at curtailing human rights violations. Undergraduate internships are primarily administrative and clerical in nature, but other projects can be assigned as they arise and match the student's interests and abilities, including research, drafting documents, translating, and helping researchers prepare for missions. Internships are generally unpaid, although work-study funds are available. Academic credit can usually be arranged, as HRW internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other U.S. and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures and special events relating to human rights. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable, with a strong interest in international human rights; relevant coursework highly desirable; foreign languages a plus. Computer literacy (i.e., WP6.1, FileMakerPro, Internet, etc.) required. Interested students should submit their resume, writing sample, references and cover letter directly to the above address. See the following page on their website for current intern/volunteer vacancies: www.hrw.org/intship1.htm
International Labour Organization (ILO)
4, route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneva 22
Phone: (41-22) 799-6820
Language: Proficient in at least one of the following: English, French or Spanish
The Internship Programme was introduced into the ILO in 1990. Each year the Office receives approximately 130 under-graduate or post-graduate students for professional work. Interns are assigned either to ILO Headquarters or ILO Field Offices. Assignments vary greatly in terms of content and of the intern's profile. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the need of the Organization. The internship assignment varies in length according to the intern’s availability, qualifications as well as for the needs of the ILO. However, internships should have a duration of at least one month as a certain amount of time is required for learning, in order to understand the work of the ILO and training. In agreement with the Department with which the intern would be working, assignments could be carried out on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) or a part-time basis (20 hours per week) throughout the year. Interns must be at least 20 years of age but younger than 35. Intern vacancies change often so to find current opportunities go directly to the above website. Application deadlines, as well as the form, are also listed on the website. Mail the application form to the above address if applying for a position in Geneva or to the corresponding address of the country in which you wish to work—those addresses are found on the website.
333 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 845 5200
The Lawyers Committee welcomes a limited number of interns throughout the year. Positions are available in Program as well as Development, Communications, Administration and Finance. During the academic year, interns commit to 10 – 12 hours a week. During the summer most interns work full time. Often, when computers and workstations are fully committed, interns will work from their own laptops or off-site at libraries etc. The internships are open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university as well as law school students. Intern projects include research, web work, writing, and some administrative tasks. Interns are encouraged to attend program and staff meetings. The summer intern program includes a series of ‘brown bag’ lunches on subjects of interest developed by the interns. Staff and guest speakers are invited. Once again, vacancies for internships frequently change so please go to the website for specific openings. To apply, e-mail resume and two letters of recommendation to the above address. Application deadline is February 1, 2003.
Internship Programme - Internship Coordinator - Administrative Section
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Language: See requirements listed in description
Internships for graduate students are available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). These internships are intended to:
a) increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular; and
b) provide OHCHR and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms with the assistance and contribution of outstanding young students or graduates. Unless specifically contemplated under an agreement between OHCHR and an academic institution, internships are for a minimum period of three months and may be renewed once for a further three-month period. The maximum duration of internships at OHCHR is six months. Applicants must be sponsored by an academic institution and must have a good command of at least two of the six official languages of the United Nations, i.e. English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. Drafting ability in either English or French is required. Current openings are listed on the website as well as the application form and corresponding deadline.
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt
Phone: (41-22) 739-8111
Email: Send electronically on website
Internships at UNHCR are on an on-going basis and are offered throughout the year for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of six months, depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of units/offices to receive and supervise interns. There is no deadline for sending in your application form. Internships can be offered at Headquarters and family duty stations in the Field. In the application form, you should indicate your preferred country of work. However, many of their offices do not provide internships on a regular basis and they often work in conditions, which preclude the possibility of internships. For security reasons some offices cannot provide internships. Most interns work on a project, which will benefit both them and UNHCR, in fields such as refugee protection (legal), international relations, administration, fieldwork, etc. Find current internship opportunities and apply on their website.
United Nations Foundation
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036,
Phone: (202) 887-9040
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; send applications to email@example.com
Salary: A variety of both paid and unpaid internships
The United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the Better World Fund (BWF) were established in 1998 to administer Ted Turner's unprecedented gift of $1 billion in the service of global causes. UNF exists to promote the well-being of the global population, the responsible stewardship and preservation of the world's climate and essential ecosystems, the protection of human rights, and peaceful coexistence by strengthening the United Nations as a vehicle for promoting international cooperation. To achieve its objectives, UNF provides grants to UN agencies, funds, and programs for work in the areas of population, children's health, the environment, and peace, security, and human rights. BWF complements the work of UNF through support of selected programs designed to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations.
UNF hosts a semester long internship program during the Fall, Spring,
and Summer school sessions. The UNF offers full and part-time paid and unpaid
internships. The number of each kind of internship offered will depend on
the needs of the various program areas. Intern duties and responsibilities
will vary according to the assignment. Applicants should be enrolled in a
degree-granting program in an undergraduate or graduate school during the
internship. Candidates who are interested in an internship at the United Nations
Foundation must apply by June 15 for Summer, August 1 for Autumn, and December
1 for Spring semester internships; Send a cover letter addressed to the Intern
Administrator specifying your interest in one of the intern opportunities
listed above; Include a current résumé or curriculum vitae; and Write a short
essay of no more than one-half page stating your purpose for obtaining this
internship. Current vacancies are listed on their website.
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
3 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017
Phone: (212) 326-7000
Language: English AND either French OR Spanish
Internships are offered to graduate or post-graduate students enrolled in a field related to international or social development, child survival or development or management. Interns will be accepted for a minimum period of 6 weeks and a maximum of 16 weeks and will do a variety of tasks depending on site and need. As the need for interns vary and is on-going throughout the year, there are no specific periods or deadlines for applications. If you would like to do an internship within a specific time frame, you must e-mail your application (found on the website) at least 2-3 months in advance to the above address. For information on the availability of volunteer opportunities go to www.unicef.org/employ/intern.hrm
United Nations Development Programme
Address and phone numbers listed on website according to country
Email: Send electronically on website
Language: Fluency in at least two of the following: English, French, Spanish
The United Nations Development Programme is the United Nations largest provider of grant funding for development, and the main body for coordinating UN development assistance. The Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law. Interns are assigned to either a UNDP country office or the organization's Headquarters in New York. Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. They may have a country-specific, regional, sectoral, or thematic focus. However, interns are normally involved in some aspect of the design, implementation and evaluation of UNDP-supported programmes and projects. Interns with a background in international legal studies are normally involved in the legal aspects and arrangements governing UNDP's technical cooperation activities. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year. Find current availability and apply at the following page of their website: www.undp.org/toppages/undpjobs/interns/intern.htm
United Nations Population Fund (UNPF)
220 East, 42nd Street,
New York, N.Y. 10017
Phone: (212) 297-5359
Language: English but fluency in Arabic, French or Spanish an asset
UNFPA offers the Summer Internship programme to a small group of outstanding graduate students so that they have the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNFPA operations. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of technical assistance. Applicants interested in participating in UNFPA's Summer Internship Programme must submit a resume along with a brief statement describing your interests and reasons for wishing to participate in the Programme. Applications may be submitted by mail, or by e-mail at the above addresses. You may also fill out and submit the On-Line Application Form or download the form for filling out later. Because needs frequently change, go to their website to find the current internships being offered.
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
304 East 45th Street, Room FF-1535
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 906-6400
Language: English and fluency in either Spanish or French or language of the country in which you are placed
Applicants for the Internship Programme must be enrolled in a graduate level degree programme. Exceptions are made for undergraduate students only if they are enrolled in a master's degree programme. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible. There is no deadline for application submission however; applications should be received at least three months prior to the anticipated internship. Timing for internships is flexible and can be at any time in the year. The internship can be for a maximum of a year or a minimum of 6 weeks. Applicants for internships in UNIFEM/New York should mail a cover letter stating exact dates of availability and the main focus/interests, a resume, and the application form (found on their website) to the above address. Applicants for internships in UNIFEM's Regional Offices should send their applications directly to those offices. Listing of UNIFEM's country offices, as well as available positions, can be located on the website.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Central Human Resources Services
Avenue Appia 20
CH - 1211 Geneva 27
Phone: (41 22) 791 21 11
WHO internships provide an opportunity for students to participate
in the work of the Organization and to expand their knowledge and understanding
of WHO's goals, policies and activities. No financial assistance is available
from WHO. The majority of students are placed in health-related programmes,
although there are very limited opportunities in general administrative areas
such as translation. For information on opportunities in regional or country
offices please contact the appropriate regional office. Students must be following
a course of study leading to a formal qualification, generally in a health-related
field, although other disciplines may be considered as appropriate. Minimum
age is 18 years, no maximum age limit. Normally, minimum duration is six weeks,
maximum three months. Students are required to submit their request in writing,
if possible at least three months in advance. Written applications (not e-mail)
should be submitted directly to the location whose activities correspond to
the student's background and interests. Specific needs and availability are
listed on the website.
The vast majority of the subsequent internships have been awarded to people—U of MN students, activists, professionals, etc.—along with a varying quantity of assistance from the Human Rights Center. Soon there will a list made available to you of people that you can contact that have interned or volunteered with the following human rights organizations.
Tanzania Gender Networking Programme
Gender Resource Centre
PO Box 8921
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Phone: (255-22) 244-3205/3450/3286
TGNP is committed to facilitating social transformation leading to the creation of a vibrant Tanzanian society. It seeks to promote gender equality and social equity through the empowerment of women and other marginalized groups of the community. The organization strives to enhance the mainstreaming of gender at all levels of society from grassroots communities to the highest levels of national policy making and legislation.
Interns with TGNP will broaden their understanding of how people in
the developing world empower themselves by utilizing all available resources
by assisting in assisting in workshops that promote women’s economic and political
development. Activities might include field assessments, the construction
of educational materials for girls and their subsequent distribution to schools
in rural Tanzania. For more information on internships, contact the organization
Church Based Community Organizations: International affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation
PO Box 15212
Durban, South Africa
Phone: (031) 465-4347
Website: www.gamaliel.org AND www.gamaliel.org/Affiliates/South%20Africa/CBCO/CBCO/CBCOindex.htm
The Gamaliel Foundation intends to be a powerful network of grassroots, interfaith, interracial, multi-issue organizations working together to create a more just and more democratic society. The organizations of the Gamaliel Network are vehicles that allow ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. The network helps create and sustain such organizations and is the vehicle for these organizations to act on a national and international level.
A past intern helped this indigenous grassroots organization get started
by 1)exploring how community organizing disciplines from the U.S. can be applied
in South Africa to human rights organizing and vice-versa.; 2)identifying
areas for greater cooperation and common work between the Gamaliel Foundation
Midwest organizations and the South African church based community organizations
working for human rights; 3)adapting Gamaliel leadership training to the South
African setting. Because of the ‘newness’ of this organization, volunteer
application procedures and job specifics are not available on the web. Please
contact the Gamaliel Foundation directly to obtain more information specific
to Durban, South Africa.
Legal Research and Resource Center for Human Rights
7 Al-Higaz St.
Website: www.geocities.com/lrrc.geo/ (site will be moving soon)
Email: Send electronically on website
LRRC was established in 1991 to attempt creating a sensitive and well-informed public on the issue of human rights. It aims at emphasizing respect for legal sovereignty as well as establishing the principles of human rights as set out in the international instruments. LRRC realized the need for human rights education in Egypt at a more grassroots level. As this was absent in the formal sector - (schools, universities, and academic circles)- LRRC decided to pursue the informal sector, targeting NGOs, lawyers, the medical profession, children, women, etc., and all sectors of society, whenever possible. The center has four primary aims: 1)Spreading awareness of human rights concepts and principles; 2)providing access to information and news on human rights activities; 3)Networking with local, regional and international organizations; 4)Formulating new and innovative methods and techniques in spreading human rights education to reach a broader audience. Contact LRRC directly by email or phone to find current internship opportunities and application information.
Previously, an intern from the Law School worked here for six weeks
during the summer break. The volunteer aided in the research of LRRC’s journal
People’s Rights, concentrating on inter-religious discourse and cooperation.
Other possibilities were available such as researching the position of women
in the Arab world and the campaign against FGM. Please contact the organization
directly by phone or email to receive additional information about possible
internships and the application process.
Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humains (OMDH)
8 Rue Ouargha Résidence Volubilis Appt n° 1
Agdal Rabat Maroc
Phone: (212-7) 77 00 60
Website: http://www.omdh.org/ (in French)
The OMDH held its first public meeting on December 10, 1988 to address the need for human rights promotion and protection. Since its formation, the OMDH has worked on numerous rights projects including: the denunciation of all human rights violations brought to its attention; active participation in the drafting of the National Charter on Human Rights; the publication of a report on the conditions in Morocco presented to the Human Rights Committee at the UN in May 1990; and the publication of reports on various human rights violations in Morocco.
Previously, an intern that volunteered for OMDH worked on investigating
and developing materials regarding the question of torture and deaths in police
stations and gendarmeries; the prison situation in Morocco; the status of
women in the international charters on human rights. Those who are interested
should contact the organization directly for specific information on current
internship vacancies and application procedures corresponding to that position.
PO Box 38588
Phone: (972-2) 585-1842
Language: Arabic or Hebrew strongly suggested
Miftah is a Palestinian, Jerusalem-based, independent institution committed to fostering the principles of democracy and effective dialogue based on the free and candid exchange of information and ideas. Established in January 1999, Miftah's underlying premise is the integration of several processes: Palestinian nation-building and empowerment on the basis of the principles of democracy, human rights, rule of law, and participatory governance; international reconciliation and cooperation; the gathering and dissemination of information and the active participation in the global dialogue as an equal partner.
A recent Minnesota intern with MIFTA aided in the drafting of a fifty page proposal based on European Union guidelines to implement an education plan in Palestinian schools in eat Jerusalem on principles of human rights, gender equality, and democracy as well as assisting in the documentation of human rights violations by the Israeli government. Summer internships are welcome. Please contact MIFTAH directly for more information on application procedures and the internship that might fit you.
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)
401 Shim-Ji Bld
10-22 Gyobukdong, Congnogu
Phone: (82-2) 723-1672/2671
Language: proficiency in Korean is a plus
Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-partisan organization working to improve the human rights situation of the people in North Korea as well as of those North Koreans who have fled their country for various reasons. It was founded among human rights activists, intellectuals, and North Korean defectors in May 1996. NKHR has been dedicated to improving the dismal human rights situation in North Korea and helping the North Korean refugees in their plight by way of carrying out an international campaign in coalition with individual human rights advocates as well as NGOs worldwide. NKHR also assists North Korean defectors in South Korea with their resettlement into a new society. By protecting the human rights of North Koreans, NKHR hopes to contribute to the peaceful reunification and integration of North and South Koreas.
If you wish to take part in their activities and further stretch your
helping hands to North Koreans who have been deprived of human dignity and
suffer from hunger, please sign up for the internship program. The program
is for those who are enrolled at least bachelor's degree program or complete
bachelor's degree at the time of application. Intern will be working as a
member of international campaign team where the campaign officer is in charge
of various tasks related to NKHR's international campaign activities. The
prospective intern will have to assist general office work, email correspondence
with international NGOs and experts, translation work with news monitoring
(mostly domestic and international papers), research/related document filing
and network building/fund raising with other organizations, etc. If you have
a personal interest in the internship program, please send a cover letter
and resume via email to the above address to express your interest. You will
be contacted as soon as possible
Cambodian Institute of Human Rights
P.O. Box 550 #30 Street 57
Sangk at Boeung Keng Kang 1
Khan Chamcar Morn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone: (855-23) 210-596
Language: English is the only necessary language requirement
The Cambodian Institute of Human Rights is an independent non-profit non-governmental organization established in June 1993 with initial funding from the United Nations Trust Fund and registered with the Royal Government of Cambodia. The Institute operates under a distinguished international Board of Directors, who supervise the Director of the Institute. It has 66 staff members with broad experience and a commitment to human that work to spread the message of human rights, democracy and non-violence throughout Cambodia
Interns work in teaching methodology for Primary and Secondary Schools
in order to train all teachers in Cambodia in how to best teach human rights
to their students. Work is also done assisting the broadcasting of a national
radio program aimed at educating and empowering rural Cambodian women. Internships
are primarily offered from September to May but at times the possibly exists
of being awarded an internship in the summer or another time period that is
out of the ordinary. Contact the above address for specific application requirements.
P.O. Box: 3459
Hoste-Hainse (HH) is a non-governmental development organization devoted for the upliftment of under-privileged communities in the Nepalese society. Its role is envisaged as a promoter and facilitator of community development. Since its inception on December 28, 1999, HH has been actively involved in various social and development activities especially in education, health care, income generation, and rural development. The main objective of HH is to bring about positive change in the life of the under-privileged and rural communities of Nepal through education and other social and development programs by a consorted effort of the people in need.
A past intern worked with a rural school to provide primary education
for the poor children within the community that are at risk of exploitative
physical labor and also aided in the development of income generating projects
for the community. Because the internship program for U.S. students is in
its initial stages, those interested should contact HH directly to inquire
about application procedures and current internship opportunities.
Human Rights in China
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10118
Phone: (212) 239-4495
Salary: Small transportation and lunch stipend provided
Human Rights in China (HRIC) is an international non-governmental organization founded by Chinese scientists and scholars in March 1989 that works to promote universally recognized human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in China. HRIC is dedicated to: 1)Promoting a growing rights consciousness and reaffirming the dignity of the Chinese people; 2)Supporting the development of civil society and empowering peaceful grassroots activism; 3)Advocating effective implementation of China's domestic laws and practices in compliance with international human rights obligations and 4)Acting as a catalyst for social change towards a more open, just, and democratic China.
HRIC internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international
human rights organization, opportunities to interact with domestic and international
NGOs, and to participate in special HRIC and other human rights events and
briefings. Interns selected will become an integral part of the culture and
work of our organization. Applicants for all three internship positions should
be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable, and have a strong interest
in human rights. Applicants should enjoy working in a friendly and casual
office environment that insists upon the highest professional standards and
ethics. Internships are for a minimum of one academic semester with a one-year
commitment preferred. All interns receive a small transportation and lunch
stipend. Depending upon the requirements of the intern’s home institution,
academic credit for the internship may be arranged. See website for current
internships being offered.
Law and Environment Eurasia Partnership (LEEP)
Seifullina St. 597
Almaty, KZ 480072
Phone: (3272) 696-445/923-869
Language: Russian or Kazakh fluency required
LEEP Works in partnership with Central Asian nonprofits for civil society and environmental sustainability. LEEP monitors environmental legislation and assists local environmental NGOs when their efforts assume international dimensions. When it acts as fiscal agent for Central Asian NGOs, LEEP takes 1-2% of the grant award for this service, which is an order of magnitude (or more) below the level taken by other fiscal agents. Moreover, LEEP assists these NGOs in their project implementation and reporting requirements. LEEP, as an organization that is not merely visiting Central Asia until development assistance grants dry up, is fully integrated into the national life of each republic. Our activists were in Central Asia before LEEP's formation and will remain in the region in the future. Accordingly, LEEP's concerns often expand beyond the parochial issues that are the primary focus of our efforts.
LEEP offers environmental human rights internships with the objective
to enforce these rights by recoding specific violations and presenting them
to Kazakhstan courts. Past interns have had one week of research and study
to become familiar with current Kazakhstan environmental and human rights
law; have met with NGOs, citizens and journalists visiting the office and
composing memos regarding the salience of their complaints; have translated
and edited relevant materials; have created a long-term fundraising plan in
conjunction with the Kazakhstan Programs Director. LEEP would like those interested
in possible internships to contact them directly by phone or email.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Turkey
Phone: (90-212) 246 67 15
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (or net.tr)
The Helsinki Citizens Assembly is a non-governmental organization that
seeks to raise sensitivity among Turkish citizens concerning human rights
abuses within their country and to work towards securing respect for and compliance
with the principles of human rights on the part of political authorities in
Turkey. The specific duty of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly is to build the
coalitions necessary among Turkish political leadership and non-governmental
organizations to assure institutional support and to broaden participation
in the democratization process and human rights advocacy. Interns provide
a variety of staff support services. Contact organization directly to set
up a tailored volunteer/intern position.
M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation
28 Marredpalli West
Secunderabad, AP - 500026
Phone: (91-40) 780-1320
The M Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MVF) was established in 1981 in memory of Prof. Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya, an eminent educationist and historian in Southern India. It is a Registered Trust, which began as an institution for research on issues relating to social change and transformation. Today, its dominant mission is to build up capacities of the communities in rural areas for abolition of child labor by universalizing school education. MVF also works towards empowering women through collective action on issues relating to livelihoods and natural resource management.
Past Minnesota interns have worked in programs endeavoring to bring
the girl child laborer into the mainstream of society. This program focuses
mainly on educating girls on gender discrimination and trains the girl participants
to counter it. The interns aided in identifying girl children that needed
to be withdrawn for work while interacting with Indian youth activists. They
also assisted the development and completion of educational orientation camps.
Most internships last for a period of approximately 3 months. All interns
are required to 1) document case studies of child labourers (both boys and
girls) who have been released from work and are now in schools; 2) document
impact of the MV Foundation programme of elimination of child labour on parents,
school teachers, officials, wage relations, etc; 3) document the strategies
adopted by the Foundation and evaluate their effectiveness. At the end of
all internships, volunteers are required to give a report and make a presentation
to the Foundation. Please contact the Foundation directly in order to tailor
Legal Aid of Cambodia
P.O. Box 1197
No. 43, Street 306
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone: (855-23) 211-134/360-708
Legal Aid of Cambodia, LAC, is a non-profit, non-governmental Khmer-administered association of lawyers dedicated to serving the legal needs of Cambodia's poor in all types of civil and criminal matters. Founded in December 1995, LAC's mission is to assist in the construction of a more civil society and a more just legal system based upon respect for human rights, equal justice and the rule of law, and to ensure that high quality legal services are made available to the most vulnerable segments of Cambodian society.
LAC maintains a highly successful international program for pro bono
lawyers and law student interns. Volunteer practicing attorneys and law students
interested in human right law and cross cultural legal development, work together
with local Cambodian lawyers and investigators. Volunteers participate in
trial preparation and help devise case strategy. Legal Aid of Cambodia has
a fairly extensive internship program. The summer internship is for
graduate law students; there is no language requirement but previous
overseas experience (living and working) is highly prized; it is a fairly
competitive process, in-person interviews with LAC board members are required;
each year, they have about 3-4 interns. Inquiries are welcome. You must contact
LAC directly to receive application materials.
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies
House 23 Road 10ADhanmondi
Phone: (880-2) (880-2) 911-9823/3862
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) is an independent, non-profit, non-government, policy, research, and implementation institute working on sustainable development at local, national, regional and global levels. BCAS addresses sustainable development through four interactive themes: (a) environment-development integration, (b) good governance and people’s participation, (c) poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods, and (d) economic growth and public-private partnership. It was established in 1986, and over the years has grown to become a leading institute in the non-government sector in Bangladesh and South Asia.
BCAS welcomes international internships in the field of Natural Resource
Management (NRM), Participatory methodology, Environment and Climate Change.
Usually they do this through bilateral discussion with universities, international
research groups, and individuals. Unfortunately BCAS does not have any written
policy document on international internships yet but they strongly encourage
all interested to contact them with further information.
South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC)
Safdarjung Enclave Extension
New Delhi - 110029, India
Phone: (91-11) 619-2717 / 2706 / 1120
The South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC) is a network of individuals across the region. It seeks to investigate, document and disseminate information about human rights treaties and conventions, human rights education, refugees, media freedom, prison reforms, political imprisonment, torture, summary executions, disappearances and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. SAHRDC has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
The SAHRDC has a long-standing internship programme. It accepts interns from all over the world, who have a serious human rights commitment. Intending interns should be prepared and capable of hard and diligent research work. SAHRDC welcomes students, mid-term career professionals and lawyers looking for a sabbatical with good analytical and research aptitude. Interns are able to assume a significant amount of responsibility. Many have seen their projects through, from visiting a refugee camp, researching at the Indian Law Institute, to going on field visits to other Asian countries and writing most of the final reports themselves. Applicants must send a detailed CV and a writing sample. The writing sample could be an essay or a term paper of 10-15 pages. There are no specific language requirements. English is the working language
208-Scotch Corner, Upper Mall
Phone: (092)-42-576-0764 / 575-9372 / 571-3718
Shirkat Gah (translation - a place of participation) was founded in 1975 and is active in all four provinces of Pakistan with offices in Karachi, Lahore and Peshwar. It is a non-hierarchal collective, integrating consciousness raising with a development perspective and initiating projects translating advocacy into action. The goal of Shirkat Gah is to fully empower women in a just, vibrant, democratic, tolerant and environmentally sound society, where equity and opportunity are ensured for all. Shirkat Gah seeks to bring about women's empowerment for social justice and social justice for women's empowerment; to promote women appropriate development schemes, programs, policies and laws; to enhance women's autonomy, access to resources, and all levels of decision making; and to help catalyze a socio-cultural perspective premised on gender equality at all levels. Shirkat Gah has various programs such as: 1) Women and Law program integrating grassroots to policy-level advocacy and building women's capacity to access rights and address their felt-needs; 2) Outreach program working to build the capacity of community based organizations as actors best positioned to understand the needs of their own communities, to devise and implement appropriate strategies to address these needs and to be a constant and immediate source of support to their communities.
A prior intern aided in the development of policy and project formulation
regarding the area of women’s health. The volunteer focused on health education
and service delivery for poor women. The internship also entailed evaluation
of data as well as interviews and meetings with concerned women and NGOs to
formulate concrete proposals to alleviate pressing anxieties. For information
on application requirements and internship vacancies, please contact the organization
directly by email or phone.
Indian Social Institute
10, Institutional Area
Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
Phone: (011) 462-2379 / 462-5015 / 461-1745
Indian Social Institute (ISI) was established in 1951 in response to the emerging social order of Independent India has been trying to restate her goal according to the changing situations in the country. In 1980 they committed themselves to join and strengthen people’s movements particularly among the tribals and dalits and more specifically women among them. Their mission and goal is to change the processes, which discriminate against the marginalised into positive processes, which break their mariginalisation and bring them to the core of development. For this they have committed themselves as an Institute of research, training and action.
Previously, an intern worked with the Indian Social Institute, studying
India’s policies and laws concerning domestic workers (women in particular)
in order to develop material to be utilized by the organization for latter
projects. The volunteer examined the manner in which the legal system treats
female laborers and how child labor laws affect girls more than boys. The
research entailed both legal research and fieldwork. For specific information
on current needs and internship positions, please contact the Institute directly
via email or phone.
Human Rights Organization of Nepal
P.O. Box 5424
Phone: (977-1) 269-948
The Human Rights Organization of Nepal (HURON) was one of the first human right organizations in Nepal. From its establishment in 1988, HURON has played a pioneering and critical role in the movement for the restoration of democracy in the country. From the beginning HURON has played a leading role in the process of democratic change within Nepal, and in the protection of human rights and civil liberties. HURON recognizes the political, economic, and social transition that the Nepalese society is currently going through. In response to the dynamic change taking place in the society HURON is working towards building an organization/movement that will be responsible to the emerging and diverse human right issues, as well as to support the strengthening of the democratic process in the country at all levels.
The former intern for the Human Rights Organization of Nepal worked
with the establishment of a HURON documentation center as well as studying
the accessibility of the newly-established judicial system in Nepal and assessing
the progress of the new government in protecting human rights. Please contact
the organization for information on current possibilities as well as corresponding
International Organization for Migrations (IOM)
Vilsonovo Setaliste 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone: (387-33) 648-137/150/160
Language: English, Spanish, or French
Salary: Unpaid but monthly sustenance allowance provided as well as insurance for occupational injury and illness.
After half a century of worldwide operational experience, IOM has become the leading international organization working with migrants and governments to provide humane responses to migration challenges. Established in 1951 as an intergovernmental organization to resettle European displaced persons, refugees and migrants, IOM has now grown to encompass a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. With offices and operations on every continent, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: 1)Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, 2)Advance understanding of migration issues, 3)Encourage social and economic development through migration, and 4)Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
Interns tend to be students approaching the end of their programme
or graduates between 19 and 32 years of age. The main objectives of internships
are to provide students with the opportunity to learn about IOM's activities,
to gain initial work experience, and/or to prepare for a degree dissertation.
IOM provides on the job training to interns so that both they and the organization
can benefit. In addition to this, IOM evaluates interns who may eventually
be included on the roster for future external vacancies. Furthermore, internships
build links with other institutions and universities. Internships can last
from 8 weeks to a maximum of 6 months. The initial contract can be renewed,
provided that the overall duration does not exceed 6 months. Applications
must be made in one of IOM's official languages (English, French or Spanish).
Applications in other languages may be rejected. Deadlines vary—see website
for current vacancies.
Thomas Clarkson House
Phone: (44-0207) 501-8920
Anti-Slavery International is the world's oldest international human rights organization, founded in 1839. It is the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses. The organization works at local, national and international levels to eliminate the system of slavery around the world by: 1)Urging governments of countries with slavery to develop and implement measures to end it; 2)Lobbying governments and intergovernmental agencies to make slavery a priority issue; 3)Supporting research to assess the scale of slavery in order to identify measures to end it; 4)Working with local organizations to raise public awareness of slavery; 5)Educating the public about the realities of slavery and campaigning for its end.
Anyone interested in applying for a voluntary position, an internship
or work experience should send a CV and cover letter to the address below
outlining the kind of work that they would like to be considered for. Internships
at Anti-Slavery tend to be more academic and project-led in content. Overseas
applicants who are registered with a validated Student Exchange Scheme are
invited to apply for an internship, (minimum three months.). Most interns
will have been or are currently in the process of achieving a Bachelors or
Masters degree in a related subject, i.e. International Relations or Human
Rights. London-based students studying for a Masters degree may complete an
internship to compliment their coursework.
Bohemia Corps, Czech Republic
Drahobejlova 54, 190 00 Praha 9
Bohemia Corps' mission is to encourage volunteerism among people living in the Czech Republic, through different educational and humanitarian projects for public benefit. Through the tolerance and respect project, Bohemia Corps is working to help in solving race-related problems in the Czech society. The organization created lesson plans for conversational English that are supposed to encourage discussions among students. The important aim of the project is to encourage attentive listening to other ideas than just "mine". Students, as well as their Czech and foreign teachers are learning how to become active citizens holding their own ideas. Variety of skills gained during these lessons should help students in becoming more tolerant towards other perspectives, ideas, people and cultures than just their own.
A decade after the fall of communism, Bohemia Corps holds a unique
position in the country as it successfully brings together a large number
of volunteers to work on projects to improve the country’s daily life in terms
of tolerance, human rights understanding and implementation, and updated civic
education. It also helps people redefine and do volunteerism in a society
that still usually thinks of it with the taint of communist-forced memberships.
Educating people for active democratic citizenship is an important component
of what volunteers could be involved in. Please contact Bohemia Corps directly
in order to receive the correct application requirements and internship procedures
according to your experience and interest
Victims Survivors and Trust (VAST)
1A Rockmore Road
Belfast BT12 7PD
North of Ireland
Phone: (028-90) 222181
Email: Send electronically on website OR email@example.com
VAST is a charitable organisation based in the north eastern six counties of Ireland, drawing most of its membership from the West of the city of Belfast but with links to the rest of the island and to Britain. It is the Trust's belief that the most fitting memorial to all of the victims of the war on the two islands of Ireland and Britain will be a peaceful outcome brought about through dialogue, understanding and the promotion of the truth.
Internships include administrative work as well as accompaniment. Interns
will learn the innerworkings of an NGO as well as gaining a deeper understanding
of the situation in Ireland. Contact the organization directly to find information
on current vacancies.
NIS-US Women’s Consortium
1621 North Kent Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Phone: (703) 525-9430
Website: http://yiec.euro.ru/e_w.htm AND www.winrock.org
Salary: Stipend given covers transportation, housing and meals
The NIS-US Women's Consortium is a coalition of women's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the New Independent States (the NIS) and the USA. The main goal of the NIS-US Women's Consortium is to facilitate interaction and collaboration among women's NGOs to help foster democratic, sustainable societies in the NIS and to improve the status of women in the NIS and worldwide. The NIS-US Women's Consortium is administered by Winrock International and has two offices: in Arlington (Virginia, the USA), and in Kyiv (Ukraine).
Winrock’s volunteer assignments work a variety of sectors and areas.
The purpose of the Volunteer Program is to help host organizations solve specific
problems. Assignments range from agriculture to women’s employment, from business
skills to organic certification training. Opportunities change frequently
and current opportunities are listed on the website. Approximately half of
the assignments focus on agricultural related topics. Volunteer assignments
typically range from two to four weeks, including travel time. A small number
of volunteers are fielded for up to eight weeks. Their Volunteer Program provides
for round-trip economy airfare, en route expenses (including the costs of
passports, visas, and required immunizations), and a per diem to cover housing,
meals and incidental expenses. A travel advance will be provided via a wire
transfer to your bank account about one week prior to your departure.
224 Lisburn Road
Belfast. BT307NP. N. Ireland.
Phone:(44) (0)2890 663465
The Peace People began in 1976 as a protest movement against the on-going
violence in Northern Ireland. Over 100,000 people were involved in the initial
movement and two of the founders, Mairead Corrigan (now Mairead Corrigan Maguire)
and Betty Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. Since its
inception the organization has been committed to building a just and peaceful
society through nonviolent means - a society based on respect for each individual
and that has at its core the highest standard of human and civil rights. Nonviolence
is at the centre of the Peace People's approach to building a just and peaceful
society. They draw their inspiration from historical figures such as Mahatma
Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The Peace People work with young and old to
try to heal divisions, which keep us apart and feed the fear, the violence
and injustice. By bringing people together and getting to the heart of the
issues and experiences, which shape and separate us, the Peace People help
to challenge prejudice and conquer fear. Volunteer opportunities are limited
but please email the above to inquire.
Commonwealth Medical Association
London WC1H 9JP
Phone: (44-20) 7272-8492
Email: Send electronically on website
The main objective of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) is to strengthen the capacity of medical and other health professional associations in developing countries to promote the health and well-being of their communities. Having regard to the critical health issues involved, its activities are concerned mainly with women's and youth health, sexual and reproductive health and the ethical and human rights implications of providing health information and services in such countries.
A past Minnesota intern had duties that included making preparations
for a series of one day workshops to be held in five African countries; preparing
articles for the CMA publication CommonHealth; preparing a background
paper for the CAM roundtable on Women’s right to health that included women’s
sexual and reproductive health; and assisting with the arrangements for the
roundtable. Contact the association directly to receive more information about
an internship that would suit you.
Helsinki Committee for the Republic of Macedonia
Ul. Dame Gruev 8/5
PO Box 58
Republic of Macedonia
Phone: 389 (0)2 119 073 AND 389 (0)2 290 469
Language: Fluency in both spoken and written English
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of Republic of Macedonia is a non-governmental organization whose major duty is to observe and inform, on the local and international level, on the respect for the human rights, in accordance to the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and other accompanying documents which determine the international standards for the respects of human rights. The Helsinki Committee also provides legal help in the domain of the protection of the human rights, on local and international grounds.
The Helsinki Committee is open for co-operation of any kind. As an
institution they don't have any special procedure for obtaining an internship
or researcher status for the candidate. For those interested, please send
a letter of interest, a CV and the field you are interested in. Spoken and
written English proficiency required.
Danish Center for Human Rights
8 H Wilders Plads
1403 Copenhagen K
Phone: (45) 3 269-8888
Email: Send electronically on website
The Danish Centre for Human Rights was established by a parliamentary decision on 5 May, 1987. The objective of the Centre is to gather and develop knowledge about human rights nationally, regionally, and internationally. The work of the Danish Centre for Human Rights includes research, information, education, and documentation relating to Danish, European, and international human rights conditions. The Centre considers human rights work to be interdisciplinary, and therefore the staff has a broad range of professional backgrounds such as law, anthropology, sociology, economics, humanities, journalism, and pedagogy.
A previous intern worked in conjunction with Minnesota Advocates for
Human Rights to provide research and other support to the Committee’s Project
on Racism in Europe. To receive more information on possible internships,
please contact the organization directly via phone or their website.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation
Heriberto Frías # 339 col. Narvarte,
México D.F., 03020
Phone: (525) 639-3091/1492
The Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation was founded in Mexico in 1993 to contribute to the recuperation and enrichment of human values in order to construct an ethic of world peace, through the struggle for justice and democracy, focusing on the indigenous populations. It seeks to enrich international human rights and world peace by actively seeking justice and democracy, specifically through the advocacy for Indigenous Rights. The Foundation offers creative solutions to human rights abuses and injustices related to violations by governments and transnational corporations.
Previously, an intern aided with logistical activities such as clerical
and phone work but also the coordination of particular activities and photography.
For more information on possible volunteer or intern positions, contact the
1247 “E” Street, SE
Washington, DC 2003
Phone: (202) 544-9355
Email: Send electronically on website
For over twenty years The Nicaragua Network has been a leading organization in the United States committed to social and economic justice for the people of Nicaragua. The Network advocates for sound U.S. foreign policies toward Nicaragua and provides information and organizing tools to a network of 200 solidarity and peace and justice committees across the U.S. The Network organizes speaking tours of Nicaraguans in the U.S. and study tours to Nicaragua. Volunteer brigades help in the areas of health, construction or the environment. Two of the most important current areas of solidarity support are labor organizing in the Free Trade Zone of Managua and supporting the efforts of Nicaraguan environmental organizations.
Internships vary according to length of time and the subject matter
for those that are interested. Interns have a variety of opportunities ranging
from learning how an international NGO works in Washington, D.C. to field
work in urban and rural Nicaragua. Please contact the Washington office for
specific application and internship information.
PO Box 40207
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651) 592-4143
Language: Spanish helpful but not necessary
Cloudforest Initiatives is a small group of people, with quite limited means, who are carrying out some ambitious dreams. It is a non-profit organization committed to assisting and supporting the efforts for peace, justice and integral development of the Maya communities of Chiapas. Travel seminars are organized for people who wish to learn more about the Mayan people and their culture.
Programs include language study, housing with a Mexican family, and
a chance to explore and reflect on the movement for democratic transformation
and civil rights in southern Mexico. Volunteers are also offered the chance
to live in a Tzotzil Maya community in the highlands of Chiapas, to share
daily life, and work with the community in construction or other labor. There
are few positions available and you must contact the organization directly
to see if they have any current needs requiring volunteer assistance.
Apartado Postal 5156
Phone: (58-0212) 862-1011 AND 860-6669
El Programa Venezolano de Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos (PROVEA) is a non-governmental organization that promotes and defends human rights, in particular emphasizing economic, social and cultural rights. PROVEA is committed to encouraging the consolidation of already existing initiatives and develops its own programs to act in solidarity with the others. It attempts to educate people to organize themselves to defend their own rights, stimulating their autonomy while accompanying them through juridical conflicts. PROVEA’s professional structure is multi-disciplinary and approaches issues from both legal and non-legal perspectives.
Previously, an intern with PROVEA worked to research the relationship
between the text of international human rights instruments such as treaties,
declarations, and covenants and the existing laws and practices in Venezuela.
The intern also observed and participated in PROVEA’s education and defense
programs. If you are interested you should contact PROVEA by email or phone.
The internship program is not fully established but PROVEA is interested in
receiving bright volunteers.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
1889 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20006
Phone: (202) 458-6002
Language: See description
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is one of two bodies in the inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights. The Commission has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The other human rights body is the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is located in San José, Costa Rica.
The IACHR internship program is designed for juniors, seniors and graduate
students at the university level as well as junior professionals to allow
them to work within their field of study. The program requires a good command
of two of the four official languages of the Organization of American States
(English, French, Portuguese and Spanish). The internship has a minimum duration
of two months. See website for exact dates, duration of particular internships
and the application form.
Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos
Col. Roma Sur
México D.F. 06760
Phone: 5564-2582 / 2592 / 9116
La Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (CMDPDH) is a nongovernmental organization established founded in December 1989 that has promoted a culture of human rights and has defended their implementation and fulfillment in Mexico. The mission of the organization is to contribute to the respect and guarantee of the fundamental human rights, focusing especially on the right to life, personal integrity and freedom, juridical safety and due process.
A past intern aided the Commission in the development of reports and
case studies on human rights issues in Mexico. The volunteer also wrote summaries
and releases for the national and international media and translated the organization’s
analyses into English for distribution on the Internet. There is not specific
information regarding current internships on their website but they welcome
assistance and urge those interested to contact them directly for more information
on future opportunities.
Center for Democratic Participation and Development (CENZONTLE)
Centro para la Participación Democrática y El Desarrollo
Malena De Montis Solis
Reparto Belmonte, de la Cruz Roja, 50 varas al lago, Casa No. 5
Apartado Postal 5334
Phone: (505) 265-1425
CENZONTLE is a non-profit, non-governmental rural development program in Nicaragua whose mission is in the short term to help agricultural cooperatives survive the dire economic crisis, which Nicaragua is currently experiencing. Its longer-term objective is capacity building and empowerment of cooperative members in order to achieve sustained economic growth and to build enduring local democratic structures. It has an integrated approach to development encompassing five major areas of work: credit, feasibility studies, legal aid, marketing, and training/adult education.
A past intern worked in the adult education and training department,
learning about the organization’s pedagogy and content, along with helping
them evaluate specific aspects of their program. The intern was able to integrate
herself into the organization by attending staff meetings and participating
in a sub-committee. Because this organization is still so small, you must
contact them by phone to receive specific and up-to-date information about
volunteer opportunities and the application process.
Legal Services Project of Profamilia
Calle 34, No. 14-5
Profamilia is an organization that promotes and provides family planning services as well as legal information and services to women. Trained personnel facilitate planning programs throughout Colombia and the Thirds World.
Inters will assist in the legal services project of the organization
to strengthen the likages between women’s human rights organizations in Latin
America working on issues related to the U.N. Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The organization wishes that
those interested contact them directly through email or phone.
Peace and Justice Service (SERPAJ)
Phone: (598-2) 408-5301
Email: Send electronically on website
SERPAJ offers human Rights formation and training through workshops, conferences and seminars concerning diverse aspects of Uruguay. They create and distribute specialized materials in order to diffuse information to those involved in the actual instruction young people and people and institutions involved in the educational system itself.
In the past, an intern assisted attorneys working to protect the rights
of un-protected segments of society who have been subjected to police brutality
and torture, particularly juvenile offenders. The work involved documenting
torture and other forms of abuse so that victims can obtain relief through
Uruguayan courts. In addition, the volunteer joined a working group comprised
of representatives from SERPAJ and other community organizations in order
to research the issues of detention and abuse of juvenile offenders and to
draft possible solutions to these problems. For specific information regarding
current availability, please contact the organization directly via email or
Trickle Up Program
104 W. 27th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email: Send electronically on website for general information
Language: Helpful to speak Spanish or French but not necessary
Salary: Stipend of $500
The Americas region has continued to play an important role in the growth of the organization since the founding of the Trickle Up Program in the Caribbean. Beginning in 1979 with the first ten businesses in Dominica, Trickle Up has provided seed capital to help launch or expand 23,620 business in the Americas alone. In 2001, Trickle Up helped start 1,780 businesses in eight countries: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru.
The Trickle Up Program welcomes interns and volunteers at all times
of the year to assist with a variety of activities and projects. Trickle Up
offers International Summer Field Internships. The Field Internship lasts
from eight to twelve weeks between June 1-August 30, including six days of
training at the Trickle Up office in New York City. The interns selected are
responsible for transport and living costs in New York and in the partner
country, and are strongly encouraged to seek funding from universities and
other sources. Trickle Up provides a total stipend of $500 and will assist
in locating low-cost accommodation in the country where the internship will
take place. In December of each year, the Trickle Up Program posts specific
projects for each international summer internship with selected international
schools and also makes this information available on the Trickle Up website
and in response to individual inquiries. Interested applicants should send
an e-mail or fax to the appropriate program with a cover letter and resume.
Comité Nacional pro-Defensa de Flora y Fauna (CODEFF)
Luis Uribe 2620
Phone: (2) 274-7461
CODEFF works for the preservation of plant and animal species that
are at risk of disappearance. The organization helps to protect and defend
unique ecosystems throughout the world. Internships require at least 3 months
working in Chile with CODEFF and it is extremely important that the person
be fluent in Spanish. Interns should also know how to develop an activity
concerning the environmental field. All volunteers must be able to support
themselves while in Chile and must join CODEFF as a member for one year at
the cost of US $50.
Center for Human Rights Legal Action
Centro para la Acción Legal en los Derechos Humanos (CALDH)
9.a Ave. 2-59 Zona 1
Ciudad de Guatemala
Phone: (502) 221-1286
Website: http://www.caldh.org/ (in Spanish)
CALDH is a Washington, D.C. based organization that promotes human rights in Guatemala. In conjunction with other human rights organization ins Guatemala and the US, CALDH files petitions on behalf of victims before the OAS’s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Guatemala office focuses on interviewing victims family members, preparing affidavits, reviewing court records, conducting investigations of court procedures and writing reports.
An intern that worked with CALDH assisted them by interviewing civil
patrollers and ex-civil patrollers, gathering information to be used in a
petition to be filed before the IACHR. The volunteer also participated in
meetings with popular movement groups and governmental officials. The intern
learned on-the-ground human rights practices and techniques as well as gaining
a keen, analytical sounding board for new strategies to be pursued in similar
Stand Against Global Exploitation
The Sage Project, Inc.
1271 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 49103
Phone: (415) 905-5050
SAGE was founded in 1995 by Norma Hotaling, a former prostitute and recovering addict who recognized the absence of services available for women escaping prostitution. SAGE is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1993 that offers caring, non-judgmental peer education, job training, support services and a mentorship program for prostitutes, drug addicts and survivors. SAGE represents a commitment to improving the lives of women and girls who have been victimized by sexual exploitation, violence and those involved in prostitution.
A previous intern with SAGE provided legal services to indigent clients
who have issues—related to family law, court accompaniment, tenant rights,
human service advocacy, etc—with the criminal justice system. Those interested
in internships dealing with legal services and women in prostitution should
contact the organization directly. As of December, 2002 SAGE’s website is
inoperative so please contact the organization by email or phone.
Rethinking Tourism Project
366 North Prior Avenue, Suite 203
St. Paul, MN 55104
Language: Spanish helpful but not necessary
Because tourism is considered the largest industry in the world, the
mission of the Rethinking Tourism Project is to develop community education
about tourism and to construct a global network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous
support groups to share information and resources about tourism. The environmental,
cultural, social and economic impacts of tourism development reverberate in
communities around the world, but increasingly target Indigenous peoples
often without their full participation, management or ownership.
Internships can be arranged through an accredited institution.
Interns are required to commit a minimum of 8-15 hours per week for three
months. RTP is an informal, flexible office atmosphere. Students and volunteers
must be independent and self-motivated. Computer skills (MS WORD, PUBLISHER,
ACCESS, & EXCEL), PR/Communications experience, Spanish language interpretation/translation
skills, environmental and/or international issues experience helpful. Some
administrative work is required (filing, faxing, organizing a resource library,
computer work, etc.). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the
above address or email. Women, Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples and other
people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN)
2600 Connecticut Avenue NW #1
Washington, DC 20008-1558
Phone: (202) 483-6444
Salary: unpaid but small stipend given for lunch and transportation
AKIN is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to informing the public and policy makers of the plight of the Kurds, the world's largest stateless people. AKIN works with the members of the U.S. government and the NGO community in an effort to promote self-determination, peace and justice in Kurdistan. AKIN wants the war in the Kurdish lands to stop, peace to prevail and the will of the Kurds to be accepted and respected.
Interns play a large role in the overall activity of AKIN and are relied
upon heavily. Interns are responsible for: assisting in outreach to Congress,
to the human rights community, and to other non-profit organizations; assisting
in writing grant proposals and organizing fund-raisers; the daily update and
management of our web site. AKIN seeks interns with the following qualifications:
basic computer skills, preferably familiar with web site management, desktop
publishing, computer networking, etc.; strong writing and communications skills;
willingness to learn, and a desire to make a difference. In short, AKIN seeks
friendly, assertive, team player and independent-thinking activist types to
help fix a corner of the world the Kurds call home. A small stipend to cover
lunch and transportation costs is provided. If need be, AKIN can also provide
interns with academic credit. The office is very accessible to the Washington,
DC Metro system. Those interested need to submit a resume with a cover letter.
Upon review of these materials, they may request a letter of recommendation
and an interview.
Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center
3000 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33137
Phone: (305) 573-1106
Language: Spanish or Haitian Creole is useful but not required
Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) is a not-for-profit legal services organization whose mission is to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities. It serves the ever-growing and ever-changing needs of Florida's large immigrant population by providing both free direct legal services to individuals and impact advocacy work to address broader issues that will result in improved treatment for immigrants. This holistic approach is unique in the immigration field in Florida and in much of the nation.
Law, graduate, and undergraduate students can benefit from an internship at FIAC. Internships are available in impact advocacy, general civil and direct services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and public benefits. Interns may also participate in FIAC's community education work. Law school interns generally participate in the representation of clients.
International Human Rights Law Group
1200 18th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 822-4600
Language: Fluency in one other language a plus but not necessary
The International Human Rights Law Group is a non-profit organization engaged in advocacy, strategic human rights lawyering and training around the world. Their mission is to empower local advocates to expand the scope of human rights protections and to promote broad participation in building human rights standards and procedures at the national, regional and international levels. Drawing on our in-country presence, we bring the voices of local activists to the attention of the international human rights community to integrate those voices into foreign policy discussions and actions, particularly in the United States and at the United Nations. Offices exist in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Morocco.
The International Human Rights Law Group offers undergraduate, legal
and other graduate internships. During fall and spring, part-time internships
(16 hours per week) are available. Summer internships are full-time and run
for ten weeks. Although internships are unpaid, they may be taken for academic
credit depending on school policies. We are looking for students with a demonstrated
commitment to human rights and international law. Excellent writing and research
skills are a must. Fluency or working knowledge of other languages would be
a plus. Applicants for legal internships must have completed at least three
semesters of law school. Deadlines are as follows: summer internships = March
31; fall internships = August 31; spring internships = December 31. Applications
should include a cover letter, resume, writing samples and three letters of
Chicago, IL 60680-6508
Phone: (773) 277-0253
Language: Depends on placement but probably Spanish
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy. The Peace Churches have brought an important gift to the table; namely, the absolute refusal to kill in situations of conflict. CPT currently has programs in Afghanistan, Canada, Colombia, Hebron, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA, United Kingdom.
Volunteers serve on a team that is devoted to human rights monitoring
and violence reduction work. Due to the difficult work, there is an intensive
four-week training program required. Thus, only long-term and committed people
are encouraged to apply. There is no set application procedure and those interested
should contact the organization directly.
Partners for Democratic Change
245 West 29th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 695-1795
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Language: Depends on site and need
Partners for Democratic Change (Partners) is an international organization committed to building sustainable local capacity to advance civil society and a culture of change and conflict management worldwide. Partners builds the capacity of local institutions to promote democratic, participatory change and develops locally staffed and managed Centers for Change & Conflict Management, currently located in Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Partners offers civil society development internships only occasionally.
The internships can be administrative, editorial, IT or any other depending
on need. Foreign language requirements also vary depending on need. Contact
Partners directly for internship availability and the application form.